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Citizens Academy

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 The 2019 Public Safety Citizens Academy Class is now full. To be added to a waitlist for next year's class, email Community Relations Officer Jim Long at Thank you.

The 2019 Public Safety Citizens Academy meets 6:30-9:30 p.m. Thursdays, beginning Sept. 5.

A free 36-hour, 12-week course, the Citizens Academy is geared toward expanding public knowledge of the Plymouth Police and Fire Departments.

Each week, a different aspect of policing will be featured through lectures and hands-on demonstrations; one week will be dedicated to Fire Department operations. Topics and activities include:

  • Overview of the Police Department, including a tour
  • Patrol operations
  • Police tactics
  • Opportunity to ride along with an officer
  • Narcotics enforcement and trends in the community
  • Conducting investigations
  • Crime prevention
  • SWAT
  • Tour of a Plymouth fire station
  • Tour of the Hennepin County 911 Dispatch Center in Plymouth

Medina Entertainment Center parking mapThe academy helps strengthen the partnership between public safety professionals and the community by sharing information and promoting a better understanding of public safety services.

Eligibility Requirements
Applicants must be 18 years of age or older and live, work or own a business in Plymouth. All participants must pass a background check. (A prior criminal conviction will not automatically disqualify an applicant.) The police chief will make appointments to the academy. For more information, call Community Relations Officer Jim Long at 763-509-5135 or email

Required Application Information
Deadline to apply is Monday, Aug. 26 or until the class is full. Space is limited to the first 30 eligible applicants. Applicants must submit the following to be considered:

How to Apply
Applications and data practices advisory materials may be submitted via email, fax, mail or delivered in person, addressed to the following:

Plymouth Public Safety Department
Attn: Community Relations Officer Jim Long
3400 Plymouth Blvd.
Plymouth, MN 55447

Fax: 763-509-5167

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