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Posted on: December 4, 2020

2021 Scott County Sheriff’s Office Virtual 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).   

Applicants must be 18 years of age or older and live, work, or attend school in Scott County. Participants must agree to allow the Scott County Sheriff’s Office to run a criminal background check to ensure the safety and security of all participants, Sheriff’s Office personnel, and the public. Participants are expected to attend all or most of the sessions. Class size is limited.

For more information and to apply, please visit our website at www.scottcountymn.gov/sheriff under the 'Community' tab or contact Administrative Sgt. Bob Ryan with questions at 952-496-8410 or rryan@co.scott.mn.us.  To learn more about Zoom and how you can download this free program, visit the Zoom.us website.

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