Community Affairs Officers

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Community Affairs Officers (CAOs) are volunteers who serve as an extension of the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office in a community liaison role. As the ‘eyes and ears’ of the community, CAOs engage in activities that enhance and improve public safety.

Combining Sheriff’s Office training with personal experience, CAOs engage in a variety of activities, including:

  • Crime prevention efforts, including Park Tours, Premise Surveys, Theft from Auto Reduction, School Bus Safety, Graffiti Program, and Speed Reduction Program.
  • Community events representing the Sheriff’s Office at open houses, community carnivals, and parades.
  • Distribution of crime prevention materials, crime alerts, and community notifications.
  • Community public safety programs, such as D.A.R.E., Night to Unite, Neighborhood Watch, TRIAD, Kid Print, and Crime-Free Multi-Housing.
  • Emergency call outs for natural disasters and community emergencies.

In addition, Community Affairs Officers participate and support the Citizen Academy, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), and Citizen Civil Defense Corps(CCDC). One CAO is also assigned to the Impaired Operations Seizure and Forfeiture Program.


Community Affairs Officers candidates must be 18 years of age or older, possess a valid Minnesota driver’s license, present proof of valid insurance, have no criminal record, pass a criminal background check, and be in good health. Candidates must complete the Citizens Academy and an eight-week Community Affairs Officer training session. Candidates must demonstrate they understand the training content and have abilities to apply skills and motivation in practical duties to serve the community. Preference will be given to citizens of Ramsey County. Community Affairs Officers are expected to volunteer a minimum of 10 hours per month.