Criminal Justice

Police Reserve Academy

Non-Credit Certificate Program

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Umpqua Community College offers a non credit Certificate of Completion for the Police Reserve Academy. The 26th class will begin in September 2022.

The Academy is conducted in conjunction with the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Roseburg, Winston, Sutherlin, and Myrtle Creek Police Departments, and Oregon State Police.

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


Many graduates have been successful in gaining employment in law enforcement and criminal justice agencies in Oregon and adjacent states. The Academy trains applicants for regular and reserve positions in law enforcement agencies throughout southwest Oregon. Many agencies hire full-time officers and deputies from their Reserve ranks.

Program Information

View, download, and print the Police Reserve Academy Information Guide




Program Requirements

This rigorous course of study starts in early September and concludes in mid-May of the following year. Classes are taught from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. every Saturday. This 288-hour program is designed to provide 6 credits toward an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice.

Individuals enrolling in this program must meet the following criteria:

  • Not have been convicted by any state or federal government of a crime, the punishment for which could have been imprisonment in a federal or state prison.
  • Be a high school graduate or have passed the General Education Development test. 
  • Possess a valid Oregon driver’s license with an acceptable driving record.
  • Be of good moral character as determined by a thorough background investigation.
  • Be capable of passing a series of basic physical agility tests.

Mandatory orientation meetings for successful applicants are scheduled in September for each upcoming academic year.

Join the Police Reserve Academy

Application period will open again around April 1 - August 31, 2023

Funding Opportunities

The Police Reserve Academy has a number of employers who have generously offered to sponsor Police Reserve Academy cadets. Please take a look at the 2022 list of sponsors below. Sponsors for 2023 may differ.

  • Douglas County Sheriff’s Office
  • Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians
  • City of Myrtle Creek Police Department
  • City of Sutherlin Police Department
  • City of Winston Police Department 

Other funding opportunities include workforce funding, for those that qualify. Payment options are also available.

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Lt. Kelley Bean - Contact
Coordinator, Police Reserve Academy
Phone: 541-440-4668


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