Citizens' Academy

Get an inside look at the Edina Police Department through Citizens' Academy!

Next Session

The next session will take place Aug. 24 through Nov. 16, 2023. 

About the Program

Join us for this 13-week program, which will give you an informative and interactive look behind the scenes of a the Edina Police Department. Through lectures, demonstrations and hands-on learning, you’ll discover the "real" world of law enforcement and how we carry out our mission "To Protect and Serve" on a daily basis. 

What You Will Do

Some things you’ll get your hands on:

  • Mock traffic stops
  • Breakdown of department divisions
  • Meet one of our award-winning K-9 teams
  • Learn about the Metro Area Drug Task Force
  • Proactive defensive tactics
  • Sneak peak into the Edina Dispatch Center
  • Follow the course of a criminal investigation 
  • Get a close look at our SWAT team
  • Tour of the Hennepin County Jail
  • And much more! 

Completion of the Program

Upon completion of the program you’ll receive a gift, a certificate from the Edina Police Chief and local recognition as a graduate.


Classes take place at the South Metro Public Training Facility, 7525 Braemar Blvd., and the Edina Police Department, 4801 W. 50th St.


To participate in the EPD Citizens’ Academy you must:

  • Be at least 21 years old
  • Live or work in Edina
  • Pass a criminal background check
  • Pay a $25 fee

To apply, fill out the application (PDF) and either drop-off or mail it to:

Edina Police Department
Officer Mike Sussman
4801 W. 50th St.
Edina, MN 55424

Class size is limited. Applications are accepted in the order in which they are received. Preference will be given to those who have not attended the academy. 

More Information

For more information, contact Sgt. Anna Eckstein or Officer Mike Sussman at 952-826-1610.

Citizens’ Academy is sponsored by the Edina Crime Prevention Fund