Citizen Involvement

The Saint Paul Police Department is a great place to work. We offer many exciting jobs in the area of civilian employment, and also have opportunities for those people who are looking to discover what policing in the City of Saint Paul is all about.Take a look into our website and see the operations of the Saint Paul Police Department, and know the men and women of this department are proud to serve those who work, live and visit this great City.

Requirements for Participation


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  • Be 21 years of age or older
  • Not have a criminal record
  • Reside or own a business / property within the City (unless otherwise designated by the Chief of Police)


The program is an 11-week course, held one evening per week from 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm at the Training Unit at 367 Grove St. There is no charge to participate. Members who complete an 80 percent attendance will be awarded a certificate of completion at a ceremony presided over by Chief of Police Thomas Smith and leaders of our community.


The goal of the Citizen Police Academy (CPA) is to educate the citizens of Saint Paul with the operation of their police department while obtaining valuable feedback from those citizens. The Citizen Police Academy is not intended to serve as accredited law enforcement courses, but merely to provide insight to the internal workings of the police department.


Sergeant Pam Barragan- Phone: 651-266-5485, Training Unit - Phone: 651-266-5555