Metro Citizens Police Academy – 2018

Applications will be accepted starting June 28, 2018 until August 6, 2018 for the 2018 Metro Citizens Police Academy. Classes begin on Thursday, September 6, 2018 and run for eight weeks to Thursday, October 25, 2018. 

Goal & Mission

The goal and mission of the Metro Citizens Police Academy (MCPA) is to assist the community in better understanding police training, procedures and philosophy through classroom and hands-on training conducted by area police officers. Training involves a variety of topics such as laws, ethics, investigations, firearms, emergency driving and much more.


Requirements for participation in the program are:
  • Applicant must be 21 years of age.
  • Applicant must not have a criminal record. A records clearance check will be completed prior to acceptance into the program.
  • Applicant must reside within the St. Cloud city limits.

Program Outline

The Metro Citizens Police Academy is an 8-week course offered to all citizens and members of local civic and governmental organizations. Participants are given the opportunity to experience firsthand many areas of police training. The classes offered closely parallel the training curriculum that police officer candidates experience. It is imperative that participants understand that the MCPA is solely informative and in no way trains or promotes citizens to act in a law enforcement capacity.

In light of recent events involving law enforcement nationwide, local departments are seeking a diverse group of applicants who have questions specific to police procedures involving use and application of force, law enforcement training and arrest procedures.  Citizens desiring a better understanding of law enforcement and the difficult police-related issues that have arisen across the country are encouraged to apply.  Persons that represent community groups or organizations (paid or volunteer) will be given preference in the selection process of potential candidates. 
Classes are held on Thursdays and run for eight weeks. Classes are from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. and will be located at various departments and locations within the metro area.  Participants who complete the training courses are presented a certification of completion from the Chief of Police at the last training session. 
Metro Citizens Police Academy applicants must be 21 years of age, must not have a criminal record and a records clearance check will be completed prior to acceptance into the program.  Applicants must reside within the city limits of the police department through which they are applying. Applications to the MCPA can be found online on participating police departments websites or may be obtained by in person visit to the departments during their normal business hours. 


If you are a St. Cloud resident and would like to apply to the Metro Citizens Police Academy, complete an application and return it to the St. Cloud Police Department. Registrations must be received prior to August 6, 2018. There are three options available for you submit your application.

  1. You may apply in person at the St. Cloud Police Department during our normal business hours (M-F, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm). 
  2. You may apply online.
  3. You may download the application form (PDF) and mail it to:
St. Cloud Police Department
Attn: SGT Adan Salazar
101 11th Avenue North
St. Cloud, MN 56303

Training Curriculum

  • Community Policing & Ethics
  • Basic Constitutional Law
  • Criminal Law, Traffic, Local Ordinances
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Human Diversity
  • Domestic Crisis Intervention
  • Defensive Tactics - Use of Force
  • Patrol Procedures
  • Firearms
  • Vehicle Stops, Vehicle Operations
  • Crime Scene
  • Specialized Units
  • Training Scenarios
  • Open Forum, Current Issues

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Contact Us
Sergeant Adan Salazar
St. Cloud Police Department
101 11th Ave. N.
St. Cloud, MN 56303
Ph: 320 345-4321
Fx: 320 650-3839
 Emergency 911