Editor's Note: The following is a press release from the Eagan Police Department.
On January 7, 2013, the Eagan Police Department will begin accepting
applications for its 18th annual Citizen Academy. The program started in 1996,
and has received extraordinary reviews from graduates of past academies.
The 2013 session will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday evenings
beginning March 7 and ending April 25. With few exceptions, instruction will
be conducted at the Eagan Police Department.
This program is designed to offer citizens an insight into modern day policing
through hands-on training conducted by Eagan Police Officers. Participants
will get an overview of the department’s history, experience a police canine
demonstration, and learn about investigations related to narcotics, homicide, and other cases Eagan Police Officers are expected to manage. Those in the program will also receive presentations related to internet safety and how police officers use force during arrest situations. A highlight for many is an opportunity to patrol the City with a police officer for four hours.
The Citizen’s Academy Program is open to Eagan Residents or others who
work in the City. Because of the sensitive nature of the training, applicants
must be over the age of 18 and will be subjected to a criminal background
Applications will be available at the police department or may be obtained from
the City of Eagan’s website at www.cityofeagan.com/police (follow the link to
“Crime Prevention” located on the left margin). Applications will be accepted
beginning January 7, 2013, at 8:00 AM and will remain available until January
31, 2013, or until the academy is full. Space is limited to 25 participants.
For more information regarding the program, contact Officer Desiree
Schroepfer or Crime Prevention Specialist Jill Ondrey at (651) 675-5700.