Youth Police Academy

Woodbury Public Safety Youth Police Academy

Please note: The 2023 Youth Police Academy is currently full. If you are interested, you may sign up for the waitlist below.

The Youth Police Academy is free and designed to educate middle school students in grades 6 through 8 about the Police Department and its day-to-day operations. It's a fun and active introduction to the world of law enforcement.

The academy will include:

  • Station and building tours
  • Police scenarios
  • Patrol duties and operations
  • Criminal investigations and interview techniques
  • State Patrol helicopter, Trooper 7, visit (weather permitting)
  • Washington County Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) demonstrations
  • K9 unit demonstration

Sessions will take place on Mondays, Sept. 26-Oct. 24, from 3:30-6 p.m. Dinner will be provided at each session. On the last evening of the academy, participants' families are welcome to attend for dinner and demonstrations, including a visit from the Minnesota State Patrol helicopter (weather permitting).

Location & Transportation

Sessions will take place at the HERO Center, 10125 85th Street S, in Cottage Grove. Students must arrange transportation. If you have issues with transportation, please contact us.  

Demonstrations & Simulations

Safety and fun is the number one priority for this academy. We want everyone to feel welcome and comfortable to participate. 

Throughout the academy, officers will be using and demonstrating with simulated weapons. This can include compressed air guns that do not shoot projectiles and plastic molded guns that do not have the capacity to shoot. If your child is not comfortable with this activity, participation for these activities is not required and an alternative activity will be provided.

Participants will be coached on police building search techniques during one meeting. Plastic molded handguns and rifles will be present if participants would like to practice searching with a weapon in hand. Officers will also discuss firearms safety with participants, but live fire weapons will never be used during the academy. 


If you have questions about Youth Police Academy, email to Officer Ashley Kowarsch or email Officer Rudy Wessels

Youth Police Academy Registration (Waitlist)

  1. Please specify whether the size is youth or adult. 

  2. Include any info that you want us to know about your student (dietary restrictions, etc.).

  3. Release of Liability & Waiver Agreement*

    (a) Release: I agree to participate, or allow my child to participate, in the program sponsored by the City of Woodbury. I understand that participation in the program is completely voluntary and that the program is being offered as an optional activity for the benefit of the participants and that there is no requirement to participate in the program. In consideration of my or my child’s participation, I agree that all activities undertaken by me or my child as part of the program are undertaken by me or my child, at my or his/her own risk, and that the City of Woodbury and its employees, agents or volunteers, shall not be liable for any claim, demand, injury, damage, action or causes of action whatsoever to myself, or my child, or my property, or my child’s property, due to the passive or active negligence of the City of Woodbury, or its agents, employees, or volunteers, arising out of or, connected with my or my child’s: (i) participation in the program; (ii) the use or operation of equipment in this program; or (iii) the actions of any other participants in the program. My child and I agree not to sue and expressly forever release and discharge the City of Woodbury and its officers, agents, employees, and volunteers from all claims, demands, injuries, damages, actions or causes of action whatsoever.

    (b) I agree that the above release includes an assumption of all risks related to COVID-19 (or “Coronavirus”). I agree that the City of Woodbury and its employees, agents or volunteers, shall not be liable for any claim, demand, injury, damage, action or causes of action whatsoever arising out of my or my child’s illness, injury, or death due to contraction of or exposure to COVID-19. I agree that I, or my child, will follow all City, state, and federal guidelines, policies, and other applicable authority and laws related to COVID-19. 

    (c) Media Permission: The City of Woodbury reserves the right, and may give permission to the media, to photograph classes, programs and participants at any of our facilities and properties or any sponsored activity. These photos are used for promotional purposes and may be used on all forms of social media and other communications the City utilizes. If you see a City of Woodbury staff member or designate taking photos, and you wish not to be photographed, please inform us immediately. I understand that my agreement to the foregoing terms is required before my or my child’s participation in this program is allowed. 

  4. Electronic Signature Agreement
    By checking the "I agree" box below, you agree and acknowledge that 1) your application will not be signed in the sense of a traditional paper document, 2) by signing in this alternate manner, you authorize your electronic signature to be valid and binding upon you to the same force and effect as a handwritten signature, and 3) you may still be required to provide a traditional signature at a later date.
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