Community Support Services

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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.

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 will take place from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm on the following dates and locations:

2018 Hot Dog with a Deputy schedule (pdf) 

Crime prevention

Volunteer with the Sheriff's Office

Citizen Academy

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 2018 Academy was held in February/March. Information on the 2019 Academy will be available in November 2018.

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.  Information on the 2019 Citizen Academy will be available in November 2018.