Douglas County Sheriff's Office


 Justice Building • Roseburg, Oregon 97470 • (541) 440-4450

John Hanlin


Date/Time of Release:  01/10/2014 - 17:45
Contact Person:  Andrea Zielinski  
Contact Number:  541-440-4486  
Subject:  Citizen Police Academy  
Date/Time of Incident:  01/10/2014 - 17:45
Incident Location:  Douglas County, Oregon  
Case Number:  N/A  
n/a:  n/a

We continually strive to improve our relationship and enhance communication with the community we serve and protect. In support of that effort, and to build even stronger relationships in 2014, The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and the Roseburg Police Department in cooperation with Umpqua Community College is pleased to announce that registration is open for their 2014 Citizen Police Academy class.

The 11-week academy will be held on Thursday evenings from 6 PM to 9 PM beginning on April 3, 2014. 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. Information is provided to academy participants about a wide variety of law enforcement functions by the personnel who perform the services.

Discussions between the citizens and police officers create an understanding that citizens can take back to their communities. Participants are expected to share the realistic view of the police and other departments in the justice system with other citizens to improve the efficiency of law enforcement in the Douglas County.

The purpose of the program is to provide information to Douglas County citizens so they can make informed judgments about the criminal justice system. Proper understanding can dispel common suspicions and misconceptions and increase police-community cooperation. The police department, in return, becomes more aware of the feelings and concerns of the community from the citizens.

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

The academy meets on Thursday evenings for 3 hours. Each academy session runs for 11 weeks and is limited to 25 participants. Application finalists will be required to undergo a criminal history check.

The academy requires a substantial commitment. Participants are required to attend nine of the ten 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.

PARTICIPANTS MUST BE AT LEAST 18 YEARS OF AGE. Younger applicants may be considered on a case-by-case basis. Applications can be obtained online at or You may 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.

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