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The Community Support Services Unit partners Sheriff’s Office staff with volunteers to foster community relationships and promote participation in law enforcement programs and services. Efforts include solving neighborhood concerns, proactively addressing crime prevention, coordinating disaster preparedness, and supporting community events. 

The Community Support Services Unit coordinates several volunteer programs and community engagement efforts.

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Citizen Academy - January/February 2020

The Sheriff's Office has held Citizen Academies since 1996. The Academy is taught by front-line employees who take participants on a behind the scenes journey of the work and activities of the Sheriff’s Office.

The next Academy will be conducted on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm, beginning Wednesday, January 8 and concluding February 26, 2020. Locations will vary dependent upon the topics of the evening. Academy size is limited. Applications will be accepted through Friday, December 27, 2019. 

The course is designed to give citizens a better understanding of the duties, responsibilities, equipment, training and facilities of the Sheriff’s Office. Topics include patrol procedures, K-9, criminal investigations, crime scene processing, narcotics, crime prevention and the communication center (911 system).  The academy also includes the topics of court orders, civil process, criminal history, and warrants.  In addition to classroom sessions, participants will receive tours of the patrol station, the adult detention center (jail), and other Sheriff's Office facilities.

There is no fee, the only commitment is that participants are asked to attend all sessions. At the conclusion of the academy, graduates will receive a certificate of completion.  Participants will also be offered volunteer opportunities to continue their partnership with law enforcement.

Applicants must be 18 years of age, pass a criminal history background check, and preference is given to those available to attend all of the sessions. Download the application (pdf fillable form). Academy size is limited, applications will be accepted through Friday, December 27, 2019.  Attach your completed application to an email to For an application via US Mail or for additional information, call 651-266-7332.

Scouting Day

Scouting Day 2020 will be held on Saturday, February 29, 2020 at the Ramsey County Public Works facility in Arden Hills, Minnesota.

Scouting Day is a special event where Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and Cub Scouts learn about the work performed by public safety agencies in Ramsey County. The annual event includes educational activities, equipment displays and demonstrations. Youth and families can interact with deputies, officers, and volunteers from Crime Prevention, DARE, K-9 Unit, S.W.A.T. Team, Water Patrol Dive Team, Youth Explorer Post, Community Support Services, County Public Works, Emergency Management, Allina Ambulance, Lake Johanna Fire Department, Salvation Army, Army National Guard and more.

  • What: Scouting Day 2020
  • When: Saturday, February 29, 2020, 9:00 am to 12:00 noon
  • Where: Ramsey County Public Works
  • 1425 Paul Kirkwold Drive, Arden Hills
  • (just north of Highway 96 and Hamline Ave)

Scout leaders are encouraged to sign up by Friday, February 21, 2020. Register online (

Hot Dog with a Deputy - Summer events

On summer evenings, the Sheriff's Office Public Safety Services Division visits community parks in the contract communities, bringing along a variety of squad cars and equipment, including a restored food trailer once used by the Salvation Army.  Sheriff staff is on hand to interact with and get to know neighborhood residents, aided with the draw of hot dogs, chips, bottled water and frozen fun pops served FREE of charge, thanks to a generous donation from the Ramsey County Sheriff's Foundation.

Hot Dog with a Deputy 2019 events were held from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm on the following dates and locations: