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Sheriff's office offering citizen academy

The Dakota County Sheriff's office will hold an eight-week citizen academy starting March 1.

The program, similar to an academy held by the Rosemount police department, is designed so citizens can learn more about the issues facing law enforcement in local communities. The academy will cover topics including the history of the sheriff's office, use of force, traffic stops, searching and handcuffing procedures, DWI processes, laws of arrest, the criminal charging process, the judicial process, special weapons and tactical team, Taser demonstration, canine demonstration, crime scene processing, Internet crime and an overview of the Dakota County Jail.

The academy will be held on eight consecutive Thursdays beginning March 1 and concluding April 19. Each session will run from 6 to 9 p.m.

Anyone interested in attending the citizen academy or with questions about the program can call Capt. Jim Rogers at 651-438-4721 or