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Citizens Academy

What is the Brooklyn Park Police Citizens Academy?

Get a behind-the-scenes look and understanding of how your police department works. Citizens Academy is a way teach and show everyday folks how the Brooklyn Park Police Department works on a daily basis.

Graduates will receive a certificate of completion.


  • A 10-week course that meets one night per week for 2.5 hours
  • Two sessions are held each year, one in the spring and one in the fall.
    • Spring session: Tuesdays, February 7 to April 11, 2017
    • Fall session: Thursdays, September 7 to November 9, 2017

Topics covered

  • Use of force: when can officers use force in a situation
  • Police training
  • Canine program
  • SWAT
  • Crime analysis
  • Investigations—follow a homicide case from Brooklyn Park
  • Hands-on simulator “shoot, don’t shoot” scenarios
  • Drug investigations
  • and much, more…

Who can join the academy program?

  • Residents of Brooklyn Park
  • People who work in Brooklyn Park
  • Students going to school in Brooklyn Park
  • Must be 18 or older
  • Must pass a background check
  • No felony convictions will be accepted
  • No misdemeanor convictions in the last 2 years will be accepted
  • 30 people maximum per academy


Learn directly from the officers and staff who work in the Brooklyn Park Police Department. Topics may be lead by:

  • Chief of Police
  • Crime Prevention Specialists
  • Investigators
  • Patrol Officers

Class style

Our instructors use a variety of methods to help you learn, including:

  • Lectures
  • Demonstrations
  • Tours
  • Hands-on exercises 


There is no cost to participate in this program.

Applying for the academy program

  • Download the application (PDF)
  • Call 763-493-8209 to have an application mailed to you
  • Stop in at the Police Department to fill out an application
  • Or fill out the information bellow.

Spring session is full

The spring session is full. You are applying for the fall session Thursdays, September 7 to November 9, 2017.

Applicant information

If you live in Brooklyn Park, you do not need to answer this question.

If you live in Brooklyn Park, you do not need to answer this question.

Conviction information

Drivers license information

Tennessen notice

Information requested that is defined by the state as public may be released. You are not legally required to provide the information. Failure to provide it may result in a delay in processing or rejection of your application. Private information is available only to the person the information is about, and anyone authorized by or law to see it. Private data may be released only to you (MS13.04 subd2)

Private data includes:

  • Name:You must provide your name. This is used to identify you from other application. It is also used in the background check.
  • Location of employment:Needed to determine eligibility. If you live in Brooklyn Park, employment information is not needed. If you do not live in Brooklyn Park, but work in the city, you are eligible for this program.
  • Address and telephone number: Used to contact you regarding your application status.
  • License information: Used for the background check.
  • Date of birth: Used for the background check and to check minimum age requirements for the program.


I hereby certify that all answers to the above questions are true and I agree and understand that any false statement contained in this application may cause rejection of this application. I am aware that the above information will be used in obtaining a criminal history.

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