Police Citizen’s Academy

The next Police Academy will be held February 3–March 24, 2015.

The Minnetonka Police Department offers the Police Citizen’s Academy, an eight-week program that provides Minnetonka residents with an in-depth look at the workings of the police department.

The program consists of classroom lectures and hands-on experiences, covering topics such as police recruiting and training, crime scene investigations, emergency response team, community service officers, computer forensics, drug task force, school resource officers, police canine, crime lab, crime prevention, crime analysis, traffic unit, use of force and dispatch.

The academy is provided free to Minnetonka residents, with the goal of educating residents about the daily operations and special training police officers receive and use to perform their duties.

Potential participants must fill out an application and meet the following criteria to be eligible for the academy:

  • Commit to attending the eight-week program, Tuesdays, February 3-March 24, 2015, 6–9 p.m.
  • Must be at least 21 years of age
  • Must reside in Minnetonka
  • Must submit to a basic criminal background check

Applications are available at the Minnetonka Police Department, 14600 Minnetonka Boulevard, Minnetonka. To have an application mailed or emailed to you, contact Nicole Nelson at nnelson@eminnetonka.com or call 952.939.8546 and leave your name and mailing address. Or simply download the application (PDF).

Applications are due January 9, 2015.

About the Police Citizen’s Academy

This eight-week academy is offered to Minnetonka residents. The goals of the academy are to:

  • Build relationships with the community by creating police ambassadors.
  • Help citizens understand law enforcement strategies and challenges.
  • Enhance public safety.
  • Reduce crime.

Citizens will have an opportunity to get an in-depth experience of the operations of the Minnetonka Police Department. The course consists of both classroom lectures and hands-on experiences.


  • Tour of the police department
  • History and organizational structure
  • Police recruiting and training
  • Crime scene investigations
  • Emergency response team
  • Community service officers
  • Computer forensics
  • Drug task force
  • School resource officers
  • Police canine
  • Crime lab
  • Crime prevention
  • Crime analysis
  • Traffic unit and DWI exercises
  • Use of force tactics
  • Dispatch and communications

Participants in the academy are eligible to receive a ride-along with a Minnetonka police officer.


The academy is provided for free with the intention of educating citizens of Minnetonka on the daily operations and special training police officers receive and use to perform their duties.

  • Requires an eight-week commitment from participants. The academy concludes with a graduation ceremony where graduates and their families are invited to take part in the event with police instructors.
  • Must be at least 21 years of age.
  • Must reside or work in Minnetonka. Preference will be given to Minnetonka residents. If there are unfilled Academy seats these may be offered to non-Minnetonka applicants.
  • Complete the application and submit to a basic criminal background check. All applications are subject to approval by the Chief of Police.

The information provided by you is used to verify your criminal history. The information collected will not be used for any purpose other than to verify the acceptability of the applicant for the Police Citizen’s Academy.

The Minnetonka Police Department reserves the right to deny or accept any applicant into the academy based on criminal history, driver’s license record, or other determining factors set forth by the police department.

Program completion

The academy is designed for educational purposes only. Graduates will not be police officers or reserve officers but will be better informed citizens. No unauthorized audio taping, videotaping or photography is permitted during the academy.