Women's Academy

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The Women’s Academy is a week-long immersive course for female participants, ages 18-55, to experience the day-to-day activities, training methods, and members of the Sheriff’s Office, with additional time devoted to field work, volunteerism, and engagement in our contract communities. Up to 25 participants may join the Women’s Academy, which is free of charge.

Graduates of the Women’s Academy will receive guidance from the Sheriff’s Office recruitment team in finding and applying for opportunities and careers in law enforcement and public service.

The 40-hour Women’s Academy coursework will include:

  • Patrol operations.
  • Investigations.
  • Verbal de-escalation tactics.
  • Defensive tactics.
  • Health and wellness.
  • CrossFit .
  • Community engagement, field work, and volunteerism.

Course times are scheduled from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. most days with optional evening activities. Participants will be expected to attend all course hours.

Participants will spend a portion of their Academy day at the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office headquarters in Saint Paul, with other segments scheduled off-site in different Ramsey County communities. Transportation from the Sheriff’s Office to off-site course segments will be provided.

Application information

Thank you for your interest in the Women's Academy; we have completed our Academy for 2018.

Stay tuned for announcements of future Women's Academies or contact Sergeant Suwana Kirkland for information.