Citizens academies build relationships and strengthen understanding of vital public services.
Ramsey County Sheriff Citizens Academy
The Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office held a 3-week, six-session Citizens Academy this past January. The course was designed to give citizens a better understanding of the duties, responsibilities, equipment, training and facilities of the sheriff’s office.
Topics included patrol procedures, K-9, criminal investigations, crime scene processing, narcotics, crime prevention and the county’s 911 communications center. Discussions about court orders, civil process, criminal history and warrants also took place.
In addition to classroom training, participants took tours of the patrol station, the adult detention center and other facilities.
Many course components involved activities to familiarize participants with the real-life situations deputies and department personnel deal with daily on behalf of Ramsey County residents.
Currently, the 2017 edition of the Sheriff’s Citizens Academy is unscheduled, but it is most likely to occur in January.
(Note: Hovering over & clicking on individual photos will yield a short description & expanded view of academy elements.)
City of Shoreview Citizens Academy
City of Shoreview officials conducted their first Citizens Academy in the Spring of 2016 for 20 voluntary participants. In six sessions held at many different locations, registrants were introduced to the work of the Budgeting & Finance, Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office, Lake Johanna Fire Department, Parks & Recreation, and Public Works departments by the directors who administer them.
On the final evening of class, the course was capped off by a community development tour led by Asst. City Manager Tom Simonson and a dilly bar at Shoreview’s Dairy Queen.
City Manager Terry Schwerm personally led five of the six sessions. Asst. to the City Manager Rebecca Olson superbly built & coordinated sessions that solidified the well-earned reputation of the local government Shoreview residents enjoy year-in and year-out.
Because of its resounding success, the city will likely hold the next edition of its academy sometime next year.