Sheriff’s office to hold Citizen Academy

The Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office is hosting a Citizen Academy in January 2019. The three-week course will take participants on a behind-the-scenes journey through the work and activities of the sheriff’s office. 

The course will begin Tuesday, Jan. 15 and continue through Thursday, Jan. 31. Sessions will run each Tuesday and Thursday for three and a half hours per night, from 6 to 9:30 p.m.

The sheriff’s office has held Citizen Academies since 1996. The academy is taught by front-line employees to provide citizens a better understanding of the duties, responsibilities, equipment, training and facilities of the sheriff’s office. Topics include patrol procedures, K-9, criminal investigations, crime scene processing, narcotics, crime prevention, and the communication center (911 system). 

The academy will also include the topics of court orders, civil process, criminal history and warrants. In addition to classroom training, participants will receive tours of the patrol station, the adult detention center or jail, and other sheriff’s office facilities.

There is no fee to participate — the only commitment is that participants are asked to attend all six sessions. At the conclusion of the academy, graduates will receive a certificate of completion. Participants will also be offered volunteer opportunities to continue their partnership with law enforcement.

Applicants must be 18 or older, pass a criminal history background check, and preference will be given to those available to attend all the sessions. Space is limited.

To request an application via email send your request to For an application via U.S. mail or for additional information, call 651-266-7315.

Applications must be received by Tuesday, Dec. 11, and successful applicants will be notified via email.

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