Police Reserve Academy: 'We're looking for that rare character'

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. -- The Police Reserve Academy at UCC is in it's eighteenth year, and is looking for potential candidates for this year's class.

Officer Tim Swenson from the Winston Police Department is the coordinator for the academy in Douglas County.

Swenson says they are looking for people who handle dangerous situations a little differently than most people. "We're looking for that rare character that doesn't run away from dangerous situations and gunfire, but actually runs to those situations," Swenson said.

Swenson says the whole idea is to produce viable candidates for local law enforcement agencies. "We are seeing shortages across the board in qualified candidates in all of Oregon," he said.

He says the academy is trying to reverse that trend with in classroom and field training.

Swenson says there are a number of things that students learn at the academy, like learning how to operate police car. "Within that 325 plus hours, we teach them everything from criminal law to patrol stop techniques, handcuffing techniques for apprehending suspects," Swenson said.

The program runs for nine months, about eight hours every Saturday.

If you are interested in police work, applications will be accepted until September 1.

You can find more information about the program and download an application here.