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Cottage Grove Police Department taking applications for third-annual citizen's academy

Area residents have a chance to get a close look at local law enforcement — without earning a badge or getting arrested.

The Cottage Grove Police Department is taking applications for its third-annual Citizen’s Academy, beginning later this summer.

Each of the eight sessions will focus on different aspects of police work. Participants will tour law enforcement facilities, learn from and talk with police officers, be offered a squad ride-along and participate in hands-on experiences, including firing police weapons at a training range.

Police Sgt. Gwen Martin said it’s a “behind-the-scenes look at what your police department does for you.”

“The feedback that we’ve had over the past couple of years has been overwhelmingly positive,” she said. “Everyone has loved the experience.”

Classes will run from 6:30-9:30 p.m. every Wednesday evening from Aug. 7 to Sept. 25. The program is free and open to people who are 21 and either live, work or own a business in the city. A background check is required.

The class is limited to 20 people. Applications are available on the city website or from the police department at City Hall, 12800 Ravine Parkway. Applications are due by the end of the day Friday, July 12.

For more information, contact Sgt. Gwen Martin at 651-458-6011 or

Scott Wente

Scott Wente has been editor at the South Washington County Bulletin since 2011. He worked as a reporter at other Forum Communications newspapers from 2003 to 2011.

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