Citizen Law Enforcement Academy: Week 6 or The End

Last week we met in Plymouth at the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Communications Facility (ECF).  The ECF houses both the data center and the PSAP or public-safety answering point (ie: 911 call center). The $32 million building, which opened in 2014, is an awe-inspiring hunk of concrete.  The PSAP area of the facility is … Continue reading Citizen Law Enforcement Academy: Week 6 or The End

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Citizen Law Enforcement Academy: Week 5

Last week’s class was held at the Law Enforcement Education Center on the campus of Hennepin Technical College in Brooklyn Park.  We’re in for another jam-packed evening, meeting with members of the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office Community Engagement Team (CET) and representatives of the Professional Standards Division which includes Personnel and Range Instructors. The highlight of … Continue reading Citizen Law Enforcement Academy: Week 5

Citizen Law Enforcement Academy: Week 4

Last week, my friend Rose and I battled rush hour traffic to arrive at the Sheriff’s Crime Lab in Minneapolis on time.  While I’m pumped to visit the crime lab, I have to admit I gave up on the television show CSI years ago after Director Gil Grissom fell in love (or lust or whatever) with a dominatrix named … Continue reading Citizen Law Enforcement Academy: Week 4

Citizen Law Enforcement Academy: Week 1

Last week, I’m wandering around South 4th Street in Minneapolis with my face buried in a map when a woman wearing a uniform asks me, “Are you here for visiting hours?” Huh? “You’re not here to visit someone in jail?” “No.” Turns out the building I’m looking for also houses the holding jail, but I’m heading … Continue reading Citizen Law Enforcement Academy: Week 1