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Citizen's Academy

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The objective of the Chisago County Citizens' Academy Program is to strengthen the partnership between law enforcement and the community by providing citizens insight into modern day policing through both classroom instruction and hands on training conducted by law enforcement personnel.

If you enjoy watching CSI, Law and Order or Southland, and all the reruns of the countless other police dramas on television, why not join us and learn more about your local law enforcement operation and officers? The North Branch Police Department, in partnership with the Chisago County Sheriff's Office, the Lakes Area Police Department, and Wyoming Police Department, has teamed up to provide Chisago County residents with an opportunity to experience "life behind the badge" with an eight week citizens' academy.

Participating in the Program

Participants in the Chisago County Citizens' Academy Program learn firsthand a myriad of duties officers perform in the field as well as how law enforcement service is instrumental in the community. There is a wide variety of training topics and hands on activities that participants learn about to include general law enforcement duties, review of a call for service, use of force, arrests, search and seizure, firearms, narcotic identification, Special Weapons and Tactics (S.W.A.T.) operations, criminal investigations, emergency communication, traffic stops, DWI demonstration, community policing / crime prevention, K-9 demonstration, and more!

Participants tour the Chisago County Sheriff's Office and local police departments, a courtroom, the Chisago County Jail, and the new Chisago County Emergency Communications Center, as well as, are provided information about volunteer public safety programs in place. Upon successful completion of the Citizens' Academy Program, participants are afforded the opportunity to ride along with a patrol officer for 4 hours.

The Chisago County Citizens' Academy is open to anyone who lives or works in Chisago County, is FREE of charge, and primarily meets on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. during the months of September through October. Program participants meet at one of the 4 participating law enforcement agencies each week.


You must be at least 21 years of age, have a valid driver's license, and no felony convictions on your record. Applicants will be asked to complete a Chisago County Citizens' Academy Application for Admission and sign a waiver / release of liability form. All participants are subject to a criminal background check.

Applications are available at each participating agency and/or their respective agency websites and will be accepted through August 31st of each year; however, space is limited to 16 participants.

It is our hope that each participant feels informed and gains an understanding about the operations of law enforcement. Through relationships and partnerships, the police and community provide a safer Chisago County.

If you would like more information or are interested in applying for admission into the Chisago County Citizens' Academy, contact Crime Analyst Michelle Jacobson at 651-213-6309 or by

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