Citizen Police Academy taking applications

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- Want to learn about the day to day things that law enforcement officials deal with?

You have a chance to do that again this year.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Roseburg Police Department and Umpqua Community College are now taking applications for their 2014 Citizen Police Academy class.

The 11-week academy will be held on Thursday evenings from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm starting April 3.

There will also be three Saturday classes that will offer hands on training and demonstrations.

The Citizen Police Academy was developed to provide a better understanding between citizens and local law enforcement through education.

Classes will include criminal investigations, patrol, K-9, crime prevention, emergency management, use of force, jail programs, traffic enforcement, search and rescue, firearms training, personnel, and the drug task force.

Instructors from other agencies involved in criminal justice will present classes on 911 dispatch, the prosecutor's office, and the court system.

The class is limited to 25 participants.

People who apply will have to pass a criminal history check.

Participants are required to attend 9 of the 10 sessions to successfully complete the academy and receive a Certificate of Completion.

There is no charge for the academy and all materials will be provided.

You must be 18 years old to participate.

Applications can be obtained online at www.dcso.com or www.cityofroseburg.org/police. You can return it to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office either by mail or in person, or you may submit the application electronically.

For more information contact Andrea Zielinski at the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, 541-440-4486 or Sgt. Jeff Eichenbusch at the Roseburg Police Department, 541-492-6760.