The Cottage Grove Police Department offers citizens an exciting opportunity to develop an understanding and awareness of the police department's operational policies and procedures.
Participants in the Citizens Academy will experience a variety of topics—including lectures, demonstrations, ride-alongs, tours, and hands-on exercises—taught by police officers or experts in particular fields.
The Academy is designed to create a safer community by building an understanding and partnership between Cottage Grove citizens and the Cottage Grove Police Department.
Class size is limited to 20 participants. Academy graduates will receive a Certificate of Completion from the City of Cottage Grove.
Our Citizen's Academy is an 8-week program held once a year in late summer or early fall. Check back for updated information regarding when our 2017 Citizen's Academy will be offered.
The Mission of the Academy is twofold:
- to promote understanding of contemporary law enforcement issues and
- to help citizens learn about and gain a better appreciation for the challenges and accomplishments of the Cottage Grove Police Department.
To enhance public safety, understand law enforcement strategies and problems, reduce crime and provide crime prevention strategies, build relationships with the citizens, and create police ambassadors to the community.
NEXT SESSION: TBD
COST: NONE! This free program offered by the Cottage Grove Police Department includes a free polo “uniform” shirt to wear at each session.
ELIGIBILITY: At least 21 years of age, live, own a business or work in the city of Cottage Grove, and must pass a background investigation check. (No law enforcement students please.)
APPLICATION: Not currently accepting applications until dates determined