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