CR’s next police academy starts Feb. 4; Public safety dispatcher course begins Jan. 15

The next College of the Redwoods Basic Law Enforcement Academy is scheduled to start Monday, Feb. 4 on the Eureka main campus, 7351 Tompkins Hill Road.

A required three-hour, pre-entry reading and writing test, which examines one’s English skills, will take place on Saturday, Dec. 1 at a.m. in the CR Emergency Response Training Center, located on the south end of the Eureka main campus. Call CR Administration of Justice administrative assistant Debbie Topping at (707) 476-4334 to register. If one can’t make that date, a weekday testing date can be set up by calling Topping.

The police academy lasts for approximately five and one-half months.

The academy prepares students to work at a California law enforcement agency such as a county sheriff’s or city police departments. CR Emergency Response Training Center director Ron Waters said agencies are hiring officers and starting pay ranges from $40,000 or higher, plus comprehensive health and retirement benefits.

CR will also offer a semester-long public safety dispatcher class. Dispatchers work at police or fire department centers, answer 9-1-1 calls for service and dispatch emergency crews to a variety of situations. The dispatcher class meets Tuesday and Thursday nights on the Eureka main campus from 6:05 p.m. to 9:40 p.m. Dispatchers are in demand locally and state-wide. According to Waters, pay starts about $32,000 per year with comprehensive health and retirement benefits included. Register now online for the spring dispatcher class at and go to WebAdvisor. The course begins Tuesday, Jan. 15. For information on the public safety Dispatcher course, call Topping at (707) 476-4334 or email her at

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College of the Redwoods Basic Law Enforcement Academy Reserve training officer Marty Bence performs an inspection of the cadets during the fall semester Academy.