Citizen's Police Academy


The Police Departments of St. Cloud, St. Joseph, Sartell, Sauk Rapids and Waite Park are accepting applications for the Fall Class of The Metro Citizens Police Academy.

The Metro Citizens Police Academy is an eight-week course offered to citizens and members of local civic and governmental organizations. Participants of the Citizen's Police Academy are given the opportunity to experience first-hand many areas of police training. The classes offered closely parallel the training curriculum that police officer candidate's experience. It is imperative that participants understand that the Citizen's Police Academy is solely informative and in no way trains or promotes citizens to act in a law enforcement capacity.

In light of recent events involving law enforcement nationwide, local departments are seeking a diverse group of applicants who have questions specific to police procedures involving use and application of force, law enforcement training, and arrest procedures. Citizens desiring a better understanding of law enforcement, and the difficult police related issues that have arisen across the country, are encouraged to apply. Persons that represent community groups or organizations (paid or volunteer) will be given preference in the selection process of potential candidates.

Classes begin the first Thursday after Labor Day and run for eight weeks. Classes will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at various departments and locations throughout the academy. Participants who complete the training courses are presented a certification of completion from the Chief of Police at the last training session.

Applicant must be 21 years of age, must not have a criminal record and a records clearance check will be completed prior to acceptance into the program. Applicant must reside within the city limits of the police departments they are applying. Applications can be found on line of most departments or obtained from the departments themselves.

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