Citizens Academy

 Citizens Police Academy 

Mendota Heights Citizens Police Academy 2.0!

Mark your calendars and sign up now!

Residents and business owners are encouraged to register for this exciting 10 week program.

Classes begin September 14th - November 16th, Thursday nights from 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm.

What is the Citizens Police Academy?

Citizens Police Academy is designed to give citizens a working knowledge of the operations and responsibilities of the Police Department, Fire Department and the Sheriff’s Office, which serve our community. Students will get hands on instruction from officers in the areas of criminal investigations, traffic stops, use of force, firearms and DWI sobriety testing. There are also field trips to our training facilities, Dakota County Jail and the Mendota Heights Fire Department.

What would I learn from the Academy?

This course is meant to challenge your view of police and our hope is that residents and business owners will want to get more involved in their community and county.

For more information stop by either the Mendota Heights Police Department, or go to for an application.Those interested can also call Becky at 651-255-1191 or send an e-mail to Brochures will be available in March. The deadline for applications is August 11. Students are encouraged to apply early because the class is usually full before the application deadline.

Note: Academy participants must be at least 18 years old and either live or own a business in Mendota Heights, Lilydale, or Mendota. All eligible applicants will be screened by conducting a criminal history check.

(Note: A prior criminal conviction will not automatically disqualify an applicant.  All applications will be reviewed.)