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The Community Support Services Unit partners Sheriff’s Office staff with volunteers to foster community relationships and promote participation in law enforcement programs and services. Efforts include solving neighborhood concerns, proactively addressing crime prevention, coordinating disaster preparedness, and supporting community events. 

The Community Support Services Unit coordinates several volunteer programs and community engagement efforts.

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Citizen Academy - January 2019

The Sheriff's Office has held Citizen Academies since 1996. The Academy is taught by front-line employees who take participants on a behind the scenes journey of the work and activities of the Sheriff’s Office. The next three-week-six-session course will begin Tuesday, January 15 and continue through Thursday, January 31. Sessions will run each Tuesday and Thursday for three and a half hours per night, from 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm.

The course is designed to give citizens a better understanding of the duties, responsibilities, equipment, training and facilities of the Sheriff’s Office. Topics include patrol procedures, K-9, criminal investigations, crime scene processing, narcotics, crime prevention and the communication center (911 system).  The academy will also include the topics of court orders, civil process, criminal history, and warrants.  In addition to classroom sessions, participants will receive tours of the patrol station, the adult detention center (jail), and other Sheriff's Office facilities.

There is no fee, the only commitment is that participants are asked to attend all six sessions. At the conclusion of the academy, graduates will receive a certificate of completion.  Participants will also be offered volunteer opportunities to continue their partnership with law enforcement.

Applicants must be 18 years of age, pass a criminal history background check, and preference given to those available to attend all of the sessions. Academy size is limited. Applications will be accepted until December 28, 2018.

Download the application (pdf fillable form) Announcement (pdf)

To request an application via email send your request to For an application via US Mail or for additional information, call 651-266-7332.

Hot Dog with a Deputy - Summer events

On summer evenings, the Sheriff's Office Public Safety Services Division visits community parks in the contract communities, bringing along a variety of squad cars and equipment, including a restored food trailer once used by the Salvation Army.  Sheriff staff is on hand to interact with and get to know neighborhood residents, aided with the draw of hot dogs, chips, bottled water and frozen fun pops served FREE of charge, thanks to a generous donation from the Ramsey County Sheriff's Foundation.

Hot Dog with a Deputy 2018 events took place from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm on the following dates and locations:

  • Tuesday, June 5, 2018 at Island Lake Park in Shoreview
  • Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at Polar Lakes Park in White Bear Township
  • Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at Berwood Park in Vadnais Heights
  • Tuesday, June 26, 2018 at Pioneer Park in Little Canada
  • Wednesday, July 11, 2018 at Perry Park in Arden Hills
  • Tuesday, July 17, 2018 at West Recreation Area in North Oaks
  • Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at Community Park in Falcon Heights
  • Wednesday, July 25, 2018 at Commons Pavilion in Shoreview

2018 Hot Dog with a Deputy schedule (pdf)