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Citizens' Police Academy

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The Citizens' Police Academy is an eight-week course that gives citizens an inside look at what it’s like to be a St. Louis Park police officer. The course is held in the fall, and more information will be posted here when registration opens.

We believe communication and collaboration between the police and our community is essential to preventing crime and keeping people safe. The Citizens' Police Academy is one of the ways we strengthen these partnerships and provide the best possible service to our residents.

Who Can Join?

  • Residents of St. Louis Park 
  • Members of St. Louis Park commissions or committees 
  • Students attending school in St. Louis Park
  • Must be 18 or older and pass a basic background check

What Topics Are Covered? 

  • Department mission, values and philosophy
  • Officer testing, hiring and field training 
  • Police equipment and squad car 
  • Deadly force laws and requirements 
  • Shooting range
  • K9 officers
  • Traffic stop procedures and DUIs
  • Major case investigations
  • Defensive tactics
  • Narcotics investigations
  • Emergency communications, dispatch
  • SWAT and crisis negotiations

For more information, contact Community Outreach at 952.924.2661 or