February 10, 2016 4:30 a.m.
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and the Roseburg Police Department in cooperation with Umpqua Community College, has begun registration for the 2016 Citizen Police Academy class.
The Citizens Police Academy is for residents who want to learn more about the sheriff’s office and RPD. The series of classes allows citizens to gain knowledge about how these agencies work, what their mandated functions consist of, and the challenges they face in serving and protecting the community. The goal of the program is provide information to people so that they can make informed judgements about law enforcement and the criminal justice system.
The Citizens Police Academy consists of classroom and hands-on instructional learning experiences. Subjects that will be covered include: the job of a uniformed police officer, crime scene investigations, narcotics investigations, use of force tactics, crime prevention, the canine program and more. Participants will tour the communications center, jail and police department, ,use police equipment, and take part in a simulated shoot/don’t shoot scenario.
The Academy meets once a week on Thursday evenings from March 31st through June 9th, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. This is an eleven week commitment from participants. Citizens in the Academy must attend at least nine of the sessions to complete the academy and receive a Certificate of Completion.
Applicants must fill out an application and undergo a criminal background investigation prior to be being approved to take the classes. Applicants must be at least 18 years old and have no felony convictions, no pending criminal or civil cases with the county or city, and have no outstanding warrant for arrest.
Call either the Roseburg Police Department or the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office for more information on the Citizen’s Police Academy.