Duluth Citizens’ Police Academy Begins

The classes are designed to create transparency and a better understanding of how the Duluth Police Department serves the community

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Police Department’s citizens’ police academy started Wednesday night.

Over the next 11 weeks, participants will take part in classroom and field instruction, covering a wide variety of topics the department handles.

This year, 21 people will go through the academy classes, with a goal of creating transparency and a better understanding of how the department serves the Duluth community.

“They’ll have segments on what our drug unit does, what our violent crimes unit does, sex and family crimes unit does,” said Mike Peterson, with the Duluth Police Department. “They’ll have demonstrations from our K9 officers, a firearms demonstration, and use of force. We’ll talk about the use of police body cameras.”

Duluth’s citizen police academy has been around for more than two decades. This year’s session is full, but you can already sign up for next spring’s classes by contacting Mike Peterson at mpeterson@duluthmn.gov