Citizens' Academy

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The 2020 Citizens’ Academy has been canceled due to the pandemic. Check back next year for details on the 2021 Academy!  

Get an inside look at the Edina Police Department through Citizens’ Academy! Classes are typically held in the fall on Thursday nights from 6 to 9 p.m. 

About the Program

Join us for this 12-week program, which will give you an informative and interactive look behind the scenes of a the Edina Police Department. Through lectures, demonstrations and hands-on learning, you’ll discover the "real" world of law enforcement and how we carry out our mission "To Protect and Serve" on a daily basis. 

What You Will Do

Some things you’ll get your hands on:

  • Mock traffic stops
  • Tour of the Hennepin County Jail
  • Meet one of our award winning K-9 teams
  • Learn about the Metro Area Drug Task Force
  • Proactive defensive tactics
  • Follow the course of a criminal investigation and process a crime scene with a Hennepin County Sheriff’s Deputy
  • Get a close look at our SWAT team
  • And much more! 

Completion of the Program

Upon completion of the program you’ll receive an Academy polo shirt, a certificate from Edina Police Dave Nelson and local recognition as a graduate.


Classes take place at the Edina Police Department, 4801 50th Street West, and the South Metro Public Safety Training Facility, 7525 Braemar Boulevard, Edina, MN 55424.


To participate in the EPD Citizens’ Academy you must:

  • Be at least 21 years old
  • Live or work in Edina
  • Pass a criminal background check
  • Pay a $25 fee

To register fill out the application (PDF) below and mail to:

Edina Police Department

Officer Jacob Heckert

4801 W 50th Street

Edina, MN 55424

or stop by the Department today! Class size is limited to 20 people. Applications are accepted in the order in which they are received.

More Information

For more information, contact officers Jacob Heckert and Mike Sussman, 952-826-1610.

Citizens’ Academy is sponsored by the Edina Crime Prevention Fund