Residents look on as a K-9 unit walks past    

Academy participants learn about Eagan’s K-9 program and meet award-winning K-9 Bear.

Members of the 2022 academy cohort pose with Eagan police officers, including Chief Roger New (center) and Deputy Chief Andy Speakman (front row).

For 25 years, the Eagan Police Department has opened its doors and invited residents to learn about the law enforcement world. During that time, nearly 700 Eagan residents have spent their evenings getting to know the officers who make the city a safe place to live and work. Past participants give the academy rave reviews, and the program has become one of the police department’s favorites to host.

“This is a great chance for Eagan residents or those who work in Eagan to get an inside look at the police department and learn about law enforcement procedures,” says Police Chief Roger New.

Resident participants pose for a picture on the steps within City HallParticipants in the 2023 academy will meet K-9 officers, learn about tasers, participate in a ride-along, observe DWI testing, tour a SWAT truck and command vehicle, follow an investigation, learn about police techniques and policies in heightened scenarios, and more.

The police department will begin the next Citizen’s Academy on March 1. The eight-week program meets Wednesday evenings, 6–9 p.m., at the Eagan Police Department (3830 Pilot Knob Road).

Twenty-five openings are available; apply at or call Crime Prevention Specialist Jill Ondrey at (651) 675-5700 for more information.