Metro Citizens Police Academy

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The Metro Citizens Police Academy is a eight-week course designed to offer citizens insight into modern-day policing through the classroom and hands-on training conducted by area police officers. Training will involved a variety of topics such as laws, ethics, investigations, firearms, emergency driving and much more!

We hope citizens will enjoy this learning experience and use this opportunity to share with us their ideas, information and opinions on how to improve the quality of life in our community. The area officers look forward to working with and getting to know citizens who live in the communities they serve. We hope the graduates of the Metro Citizens Police Academy will take their knowledge into the community and educate others when the opportunity arises, thereby helping to keep St. Joseph a great place to live and work. The first class held in 2003 was a great success and those students have since formed a Metro Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association.

The next course will begin on Thursday, September 7, 2017. It will be held at the St. Cloud Police Department, from 6p-10p and will continue each Thursday through the end of the 8 weeks. If you are a St. Joseph resident and would like to apply to the Metro Citizens Police Academy, please contact Police Chief Joel Klein at 363-8250.

You may also pick up an application in our lobby between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. M-F, or print the below application pages and mail / email back to us at St. Joseph Police Department; Attention MCPA, P.O. Box 268, St. Joseph, MN 56374 or email