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St. Louis County Sheriff's Office offers first ever Citizens' Academy

The St. Louis County Sheriff's Office is offering the public a new opportunity for an inside look at how it operates through a 10-week Citizens' Academy. Classes begin November 1 and will be offered Wednesdays from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Classes will include interactive presentations and tours to give citizens a better understanding of the range of services provided by the Sheriff's Office.

The majority of classes will take place at the Public Safety Building, 2030 Arlington Avenue in Duluth with additional sessions held at relevant locations for tours, including the St. Louis County Jail and Emergency Operations Center. The Sheriff's Office expects to offer another Citizens' Academy with classes held in the northern part of the county next year.

The Citizens' Academy will cover topics including patrol operations, a K-9 presentation and demonstration, the St. Louis County Volunteer Rescue Squad, Emergency Response Team and Tactical Operations, Lake Superior Violent Crimes Task Force, St. Louis County Jail operations and tour, 911 operations and tour, crime scene investigations, Internet Crimes against Childrens Task Force, Child Abduction Response Team, Emergency Vehicle Operations Course (EVOC), and an interactive use of force simulation training.

Citizens completing the academy will have the opportunity to go on a ride-along with a St. Louis County Sheriff's Deputy.

Any St. Louis County resident ages 18 or older may apply. Applicants will be required to pass a criminal background check. The deadline to apply is October 25, 2023.

To learn more or to apply, visit, or contact Sgt. Adam Kleffman at 218-726-2371 or