Sheriff’s Citizens Academy registration open

The Dakota County Sheriff’s Office announced it will be hosting its annual “Citizen Academy,” which will run six consecutive Wednesdays starting on April 3 and concluding on May 8. The six sessions will run from 6 to 9 p.m. on each of those Wednesdays. 

The Dakota County Sheriff’s Office Citizen Academy is an educational and informative program that allows citizens an inside look at the many aspects of the profession, while strengthening relationships with community members. The program will provide insight into the philosophy and operations of the Dakota County Sheriff’s Office, while offering a safe, fun, and interactive environment from which to gain perspective of the many challenges faced by law enforcement. 

Some of the topics that will be covered during the six weeks include; the history of the sheriff’s office, use of force, traffic stops, SWAT Team, canine demonstration, drone demonstration, crime scene processing, internet crime, homicide case study, and a tour of the Dakota County Jail. 

If you are interested in attending the Dakota County Sheriff’s Office Citizen Academy or would like more information, please contact Capt. Dan Bianconi at 651-438-4721 or

All applicants will be subject to a background investigation prior to being accepted into the program. Applications will be accepted through March 8, until 4 p.m., and can be accessed at

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