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

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Citizen Law Enforcement Academy: Week 3

Last week’s class took us off the edge of the map and into Brooklyn Park where Hennepin County’s Enforcement Services is headquartered. Little did I know we were in for an action-packed evening of the “Lethal Weapon” kind, with demonstrations by the Emergency Services Department (ESD), Special Operations Unit (SOU) and Volunteer Services Department (VSD). … Continue reading Citizen Law Enforcement Academy: Week 3

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