Hills of the North Umpqua

Police Reserve Academy


Umpqua Community College is now accepting applications for the 2014-15 Police Reserve Academy.

Applications are accepted starting in June through September 1, 2014. Students are encouraged to apply for the program as soon as possible.

The academy will be held from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturdays starting Sept. 20. There is a mandatory orientation on Sept. 10. Graduation will be in May 2015.

“Running the program one day per week makes it doable for working adults with families,” explained Robert Willbanks, the program coordinator. “It’s very intense, but it’s a unique opportunity to get hands-on, comprehensive training in law enforcement.”

The academy is conducted in conjunction with the Douglas County Sheriff's Department, Roseburg, Winston, Sutherlin, and Myrtle Creek police departments, and Oregon State Police.

Academy instructors are local criminal justice professionals recruited to provide instruction in their specific areas of expertise. Classes include physical training, academic subjects, and practical hands-on training. Students learn the basics of criminal law, traffic laws, crash investigations, defensive tactics, traffic stops, officer safety, firearms, report writing, dangerous drugs, assault, and death investigations.

This is the 19th year of the Police Reserve Academy at UCC.

For more information, see the Police Reserve Academy program page or contact Robert Willbanks at 541-440-7668.

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