Dakota County Sheriff’s Citizen Academy

The Dakota County Sheriff’s Office has announced it is hosting the annual “Citizen Academy,” which will run seven consecutive Thursdays starting on Feb. 22 and concluding on April 5. The seven sessions will run from 6 until 9 p.m. on each of those Thursdays. 

The Dakota County Sheriff’s Office Citizen Academy is an educational and informative program that gives citizens the opportunity to learn about the issues that face law enforcement efforts in our community. The program will provide insight into the philosophy and operations of the Dakota County Sheriff’s Office. The program also helps residents better understand police work in their community and develops stronger ties between the community and sheriff’s office. 

Some of the issues that will be covered during the seven weeks include; the history of the sheriff’s office, use of force, traffic stops, laws of arrest, criminal charging process, judicial process, role of the county attorney, SWAT Team, taser demonstration, canine demonstration, crime scene processing, internet crime, and overview of the Dakota County Jail. 

If you are interested in attending the Dakota County Sheriff’s Office Citizen Academy or would like more information, please contact Captain Jim Rogers at 651-438-4751 or jim.rogers@co.dakota.mn.us by Feb. 2. 

All applicants will be subject to background investigation prior to being accepted into the program. 

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