Police Citizen’s Academy

The next Police Academy will be held February 3–March 24, 2015. Applications will be available October 2014.

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.

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.

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.