Citizen's Academy

Get an inside look at the Anoka Police Department by participating in our Citizen’s Academy. Space is limited!*

January 4, 2024 – February 15, 2024 Thursdays 6:00-9:00 pm

Anoka Police Department  

275 Harrison St, Anoka

Our seven week citizen’s academy will consist of hands-on interaction, presentations, and demonstrations on:  

• Traffic Stops/DWI’s

• SWAT Team

• Virtual Simulator Training

• Criminal Investigations

• Use of Force

• Drugs/Gangs

• And more!

Program Purpose: 

The Anoka Police Citizen's Academy is an intensive and interactive hands on seven-week course. Each evening class lasts approximately three hours. The goal of the academy is to develop positive police/community relationships and expose participants to information and experiences that demonstrate our police operations.

This academy is an opportunity to increase communication and ongoing information sharing with participants, and reduce misunderstandings regarding police operations. We encourage participants to share their ideas on how to control and prevent crime in the community. In return, we hope participants will use their experiences in the academy to educate others.

Our officers are looking forward to working with and getting to know citizens outside of their normal law enforcement work environment. If you are willing to make a commitment and become an involved citizen, we encourage you to apply. We’d love to have you help make Anoka an even better place to live and work.

Applicant Commitments:

Attendance: You must attend ALL seven classes. In order to receive the full benefit of the program, it is crucial that you attend every class. Class members are not permitted to select a substitute if he/she is unable to attend any or all classes. Alternates have been selected to take your place if you find you are unable to attend the Academy after being selected.

Photography, Audio, Video: The Citizen’s Academy may be videotaped and photographed for Facebook, local access television, and printed media materials. Images of the video and/or photographs may also be used for promotional purposes. By participating in this academy, you authorize the city of Anoka to use these images for promotion of the academy and at city functions and activities. You will not be paid for the use of images or video. No unauthorized audio taping, videotaping, or photography is permitted during the academy by academy participants. 

You MUST be over 18 to participate. You must live or work in the City of Anoka to attend. 

You must fill out an application. Applications can be found below. Please fill out the packet and return to Anoka Police Department, Attn: Nicole, 275 Harrison St., Anoka , MN 55303 or Email: Applications are due NO LATER THAN December 15, 2023! You will be notified once your application is approved. Background checks will be required for each participant.