The Citizen Police Academy has been around since 1997 and is offered to those who live and work in Duluth. The academy began as a way to provide citizens with a better understanding of police operations and the work we do to serve your community.

The academy is not training to become an officer. In fact, you can participate in as much or as little of the scenarios as you feel comfortable. We only ask that you make the commitment to make it to most of the classes. However, if there is a subject matter you’re uncomfortable with, you’re more than welcome to skip that class.

The 2020 Citizen Police Academy classes run every Wednesday starting March 11 from 6 to 9 p.m. Sessions include classroom and field training in:

  • Use of force

  • Narcotics enforcement

  • Patrol operations

  • Criminal and death investigations

  • K-9 operations

Participants enhance their knowledge gained in the above subjects through an opportunity to ride along with an officer during a patrol shift.

While participants will have a much more thorough understanding of police operations and the justification behind decisions made during an emergency, attendees are not trained to be police officers. Learn more about the program on our Citizen Police Academy page on the DPD website.

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