Applicants sought for CR Police Citizens Academy

Applications are being taken for the seventh annual Coon Rapids Police Citizens Academy.

This free program will take place on 10 Wednesday evenings starting Wednesday, Sept. 12.

The academy is an educational tool to show the public the role of modern law enforcement, according to Sgt. Daren Keasling, academy coordinator.

Participants will learn a variety of topics through lectures, demonstrations, tours, ride-alongs and hands-on exercises, Keasling said.

The goals of the program are five-fold.

• Enhance public safety.

• Help citizens understand law enforcement strategies and problems.

• Reduce crime and present crime prevention materials.

• Build relationships with the community.

• Create police ambassadors to the community.

Each of the 10 evening sessions will run from 6 or 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 or 10 p.m. through November.

All participants will receive a certificate of completion from the city of Coon Rapids.

A polo “uniform” shirt will be provided at no charge to academy attendees and they are asked to wear their polo shirt and khaki or similar colored pants to each session.

Participants must be a resident or business owner of Coon Rapids or have a significant employment connection with the city.

They must be at least 21 years of age and successfully pass a criminal background check.

No law enforcement students are eligible.

Deadline for applications is the close of business Friday, Aug. 10 and class size in limited to 20 participants.

A police citizens academy application is available online in PDF format at the Coon Rapids Police Department page on the city of Coon Rapids website ( and at the front desk of the police department at the Coon Rapids City Center, 11155 Robinson Dr. N.W.

The police citizens academy is sponsored by the Coon Rapids Crime Prevention Association, which comprises members of the community that provide support to the police department by purchasing equipment that is not included for in the city budget as well as providing reward money to help detectives solve crimes.

For more information contact Keasling at 763-767-6474 or by e-mail at [email protected].

Peter Bodley is at [email protected]