Citizen Law Enforcement Academy

The Citizen Law Enforcement Academy is designed to give citizens an insight into law enforcement and the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office.  We are the largest sheriff’s office in the state of Minnesota. 

This program is offered free of charge and is held in the spring and fall.  The program runs for six (6) weeks and includes a combination of lecture, question and answer, demonstration, participation and tours. 

SPRING 2015 Academy is full! We are accepting applications for Fall 2015. Get them in early to be considered for the Academy. Fall class will start in September (TBD.)

Subjects Covered DWI Enforcement Jail Procedure and Tour Communications 911 Dispatch Ctr. Narcotics Operations and Criminal Investigation Court Procedures Patrol Operations and K-9 Operations Crime Lab Operations Sheriff’s Office Overview Use of Force Tactical Team Operations Firearms and Live Shoot Homeland Security/Special Operations

 This program is a must for business leaders, political leaders, teachers, community leaders, those  who work with law enforcement, or interested citizens who want to know how law enforcement and the criminal justice system work from an insiders’ perspective. The Sheriff’s Office is looking for members of the community to participate in this unique educational experience. Applicants must be at least eighteen (18) years old.  Due to the nature of the material presented, all applicants will be screened for criminal backgrounds.

Classes are held one night a week from 6:30 to 9:45 p.m. for six (6) weeks.  The location of the classes will change depending on the topic being taught.  One or more classes will be conducted at the following locations:  Sheriff’s Communications Division in Golden Valley or Plymouth, Public Safety Facility in Minneapolis, the Sheriff’s Patrol headquarters in Brooklyn Park and the Hennepin Technical College in Brooklyn Park.  A certificate of completion will be awarded at a graduation ceremony at the conclusion of the class (6th week).  No law enforcement continuing education (POST) credits are awarded for this course. 

All sessions are filled on a first-come, first-served basis contingent on passing a criminal background check.  If you are interested in this program, click here to fill out an application. Return the application to Sergeant Jennifer Johnson at the address shown on the application.  If you have any questions regarding the academy please contact Sgt. Johnson at 612-596-9818 or via email,