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Citizens Academy

About the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Citizen Academy

The Ramsey County Sheriff’s Citizen Academy provides citizens with an opportunity to learn more about the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office.  Throughout the academy, participants witness first-hand the broad array of services provided by Minnesota’s First Law Enforcement Agency, with many Sheriff’s Office members sharing some of their personal experiences.

The Academy curriculum is designed to provide participants with an understanding of the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office responsibilities in providing public safety services. This in-depth review of the Office covers topics such as community and problem-oriented policing; crime prevention; Project Lifesaver; emergency communications (the 911 system); K-9 Unit; chaplain; SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics); patrol procedures; traffic enforcement; special investigations; DWI (Driving While Impaired) enforcement; and observation skills.  The Academy also provides insight into the challenges, opportunities, and rewarding aspects of policing.

Tours of the Law Enforcement Center, Patrol Station, Adult Detention Center (jail), Courtrooms, Firearms Range, and the Emergency Communications Center are provided.  Participants can even volunteer to take part in hands on training, such as a simulated “shoot or don’t shoot” situation. 

The Ramsey County Sheriff’s Citizens Academy is held once per year.  The Academy meets one night per week for eight weeks.  Classes are held in Arden Hills and at the Law Enforcement Center in Saint Paul.

Requirements and Additional Information

Participants of the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office Citizen Academy must be 18 years of age or older and pass a criminal background check.  Preference is given to Ramsey County residents.  Enrollment is limited to 20 participants.  Graduation from the Citizen Academy is a requirement for Community Affairs Officers (CAOs).

More Information

For more information, please contact the Community Support Services Unit at 651-266-7332.


Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office
Minnesota's First Law Enforcement Agency - Established 1849

Sheriff Matt Bostrom