“The reserve academy was a huge turning point in my life and one of my biggest accomplishments. I wouldn’t be in this career field without it."
ROSEBURG, Oregon – Kyle David decided that he wanted to follow a career path that would be more rewarding to himself as well as his community. In 2018, he chose to pursue an education with the Police Reserve Academy (PRA) at Umpqua Community College (UCC).
“My time receiving an education at the Reserve Academy was a blast,” David said. “It’s taught by local law enforcement for Douglas County so you learn how they operate here. You build comradery with the other cadets because you are working through it together. The program is really focused on relying on each other. It can be stressful at first, but towards the end it was really fun.”
In 2019, David was given the title ‘Honor Cadet’ for his graduating class. This title is voted upon by both PRA students as well as instructors. After graduation, David was hired as a Patrol Police Officer with the Sutherlin Police Department (SPD). Despite David’s success and passion for police work, this was not always his intended career path.
“I always thought there was this stigma with police officers getting married and having kids. I thought those things don’t usually work out with this type of career,” he said. “Once I talked to somebody who was able to do police work while having a family, I gained more insight. I jumped on board and thought it would be a great and rewarding career.”
During his time attending the PRA, David was married and had two children. He understood that having a family while attending the reserve academy would take a lot of dedication, but he persevered. The 320 hour program starts in early September, providing reserve education as well as 25 credits towards an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice.
“The education is very mentally demanding, it takes a lot of effort. During class you're experiencing a nine-month long interview,” he said. “The instructors are watching how you deal with other people, stress, and any difficulties that you may face. You commit your entire Saturday’s to the program for nine months straight. However, the only obstacles that you’ll face are the ones you set up yourself.”
David’s education didn’t stop after graduation. While in his career, David feels that every day is a new experience full of learning opportunities. He discovered that situations may be similar but it’s nearly a new scenario every time. Many experienced officers that David has worked alongside have told him that there is always something new to be learned. With this in mind, David plans on working towards obtaining his Associates Degree in Criminal Justice.
“The Police Reserve Academy is a great place to try and see if it’s a field your truly interested in. If someone isn’t sure about making that much of a commitment, a ride-a-long program is a great opportunity to observe what we do. Almost all local departments offer this service,” he said. “Douglas County is an awesome community and I am lucky to work here. I can’t see myself working anywhere else. I absolutely love the job and the community I serve.”
About Umpqua Community College
Nestled in the beautiful North Umpqua River Valley, Umpqua Community College is the regional center for higher education in Douglas County, Oregon. UCC provides high quality college degree programs, workforce development, and community learning opportunities.
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Police Reserve Academy Coordinator, Criminal Justice