Have you ever wondered why police officers make the decisions that they do in stressful situations? Do you wonder what the world looks like on the other side of the fence? Do you have questions about how traffic stops are conducted, and protocols that police officers must understand in fulfilling their civic roles?

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We all have a great opportunity to get a view from the other side of the fence.  The

(Photo: Alex Svejkovsky, WJON)
(Photo: Alex Svejkovsky, WJON)

Metro Citizens Police Academy is a course that is offered to all citizens and members of local civic and governmental organizations. You are given the opportunity to experience first-hand many areas of policing, such as police policies, training, prosecution of criminal cases, critical thinking, and many other issues related to the profession.

Local law enforcement offices, including St. Cloud, Sartell, Sauk Rapids, Waite Park, and more, are coming together to offer this great course, to provide an in-depth look at the many areas of policing that have come under scrutiny over the last few years. Their goal is not to bring you on their side; their goal is to help you understand their perspective, AND, to listen to YOUR ideas to help them better serve their community.

(Photo: Alex Svejkovsky, WJON)
(Photo: Alex Svejkovsky, WJON)

The course is designed to openly discuss these issues while interactively examining the training, equipment that is used, and the circumstances that can arise, that our officers experience in their daily lives.

Participants will have the opportunity to understand the following:

  • Community Policing and Ethics
  • Basic Constitutional Law
  • Criminal Law, Traffic, and Local Ordinances
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Human Diversity
  • Domestic Crisis Intervention
  • Defensive Tactics, including the use or non-use of force
  • Patrol procedures
  • Firearms
  • Vehicle Stops, Vehicle operations
  • Crime Scenes
  • Specialized Units
  • Training Scenarios
  • Open Forum on current issues

The classes will begin on Thursday, September 7th, 2023, and will run for 10 weeks on Thursdays, through November 9th, 2023. Classes will be held from 6-9 pm at various departments and locations throughout the academy.

Participants who complete the training courses are presented with a certificate of completion from the Chief of Police at the last training session. This IS NOT a certificate for you to become a police officer, but certainly, if you've ever thought about working in law enforcement, it would be a great overview for you.


To register for this event, you can click HERE now. There will be a background check completed, and then the registration process will begin.

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