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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 5 to April 9, 2019
    • Fall session: Thursdays, September 12 to November 14, 2019

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

Contact us

Phone and email

Kim Czapar
Crime Prevention Specialist
Email Kim Czapar

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