2016 Citizen Academy

Participants of the 2016 Citizen Academy learn about the Taser at the Roseburg Police Department.

Douglas County residents wanting a behind-the-scenes peek into law enforcement officers’ day-to-day life will once again have an opportunity to peel back the curtain.

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office and the Roseburg Police Department, in cooperation with Umpqua Community College, are hosting this year’s Citizen Police Academy.

The 11-week class will show how local law enforcement agencies are organized and the challenges they face protecting the community.

The goal of the workshop is to address common misconceptions and increase cooperation between the community and law enforcement.

Classes will cover the job of a uniformed police officer, investigations, crime scene investigations, crime prevention, canine program, tactical operations and more.

Students will get the opportunity to tour the jail, use police equipment and participate in a simulated shoot/don’t shoot scenario.

The academy is free and meets once a week on Thursdays from April 5 through June 14 from 6 to 9 p.m. Participants are required to attend at least nine of the sessions to successfully complete the academy and receive a “Certificate of Completion.”

The class is limited to 25 people, which allows for maximum instructor-student interaction.

Those wishing to apply can visit www.dcso.com or by stopping by the sheriff’s office or police department.

Each applicant must fill out and undergo a criminal background check prior to being accepted into the academy. Participants must be at least 18 years old and cannot have any felony convictions, pending civil or criminal cases with the city, county or its employees and cannot have outstanding warrants for arrest.

Questions about this year’s academy can be directed to Andrea Zielinski at the sheriff's office at 541-440-4486 or to Sgt. Dennis Chrisenbery at the Roseburg Police Department at 541-492-6760.

Saphara Harrell can be reached at 541-957-4216 or sharrell@nrtoday.com. Or on Twitter @daisysaphara.

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Saphara Harrell is the crime and natural resources reporter for The News-Review. She previously worked at The World in Coos Bay. Follow her on Twitter @daisysaphara.

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