Sheriff’s Office Annual Community Academy

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to work in law enforcement?  Now you can learn about it from the safety and comfort of your home!  


The Scott County Sheriff’s Office invites Scott County community members and business owners to participate in our annual Sheriff’s Community Academy, an interactive, six-week series meant to give academy participants a working knowledge of the Scott County Sheriff’s Office.  


To protect the health and safety of our community members, classes will be held virtually via Zoom beginning February 1, 2021 on Monday evenings from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., with an additional option to participate in a 15-minute Q&A session following every class.   There will be no class on February 15, 2021, in observance of the Presidents Day holiday.


The academy is taught by Sheriff’s Office deputies and other department personnel, each showcasing their individual areas of expertise. The instruction typically combines in-class lectures with hands-on activities including exhilarating live training simulations.  Our approach will be a bit different this year since it will be virtual and there will be no activities in person at the Sheriff’s Office.  


Each week focuses on a different area of the Sheriff’s Office, including:


  • Welcome and introduction from Sheriff Luke Hennen
  • Support & Services Division (Investigations, Civil, Support, Task Force)
  • Operations Division (Patrol, K9, Rec Safety)
  • Emergency Management and Communications Division (911 Dispatch)
  • Jail Division (Jail, Court Security, Transports)
  • Volunteer opportunities


Academy objectives include enhancing law enforcement-community relationships, encouraging Scott County community members to partner with law enforcement to help make Scott County a safer place, and to provide community members with a greater understanding of law enforcement functions.


“The Community Academy was developed to improve communication and obtain input and support throughout from our community members,” said Sheriff Luke Hennen.  “It is our hope that the graduates become partners with us in identifying problems and solutions to issues that affect our communities.”


The series concludes with an official graduation ceremony in which academy participants are awarded a certificate of completion signed by Sheriff Luke Hennen (2021 Academy certificates will be emailed).   

Apply for the 2021 Sheriff's Community Academy

The 2021 Community Academy begins on the evening of Monday, February 1, 2020.  

To register for the 2020 Sheriff's Office Citizens' Academy, please complete this ONLINE APPLICATION.  

Applications for the 2021 Citizens' Academy must be received by January 23, 2021.  Space is limited so sign up now!  

If you have questions regarding Citizens' Academy, please contact Sgt. Robert Ryan at 952-496-8410 or by email.  

2022 Community Academy Interest Notification Sign-Up

 If you would like to receive an email notification when registration opens for the 2022 Community Academy, please complete the online interest card.  Once registration for the 2022 session opens, you will receive an email notification as a reminder to complete an online application. Please Note:  This is not the 2022 registration form – only a reminder to sign up when registration opens.