COS Cancels Police Academy Course | Crime
College of the Sequoias’ Fall 2011 Extended Police Academy course, which was to start on Aug. 5, has been cancelled, reducing the number of annual police academies offered by COS from three to two.
The decision was made to reduce the program offerings as part of an overall budget reduction strategy because of the statewide issue facing California Community Colleges.
“In these difficult times, part of the budget reduction strategy has been to review high-cost programs,” COS President Dr. Bill Scroggins said. “In the case of peace officers, market demand is low because police and sheriff’s agencies face the same budget issues that we in community colleges are facing. The cost of the extended academy is about double the cost of a regular instructional hour taught by an adjunct faculty member.”
The reduction, expected to save more than $100,000, was made with input from the Kings-Tulare Basic Police Academy Advisory Board.
“We knew that there was a good possibility that we as a district needed to reduce one of the three academy offerings for the 2011-12 academic year,” COS Hanford Educational Center Provost Kristin Hollabaugh said. “As such, we went to the advisory board for its input.”
The decision was made because of the cost of instruction and industry demand. The COS Hanford Educational Center will continue to grow in offerings to reach the goal of obtaining full center status from the state.
The next Intensive Police Academy course open for enrollment will be the 126th Academy, which will start Aug. 1 and end in January, 2012. The intensive course meets from 6 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday with some evening and weekend class meetings scheduled.
The course is certified by the California Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Commission. Completion of the basic academy is a requirement in order to become a full-time peace officer in California.
- Must be 18 or older
- Must have a high school diploma or G.E.D.
- Must have no felony conviction record (fingerprints required)
- Must have a valid California drivers license
- Must submit to a medical examination
- Must achieve a successful score on the Basic Reading Skills Exam
Applications are available at the Public Safety Training Center or at www.cos.edu/academy.
The Police Academy is located at the new Public Safety Training Center on 13th Avenue in Hanford. All public safety training including Advanced Officer Training, Police Academy and Fire Technology courses moved to this state-of-the-art regional facility in July 2010.
Anyone interested can stop by the Public Training Center or call (559) 583-2600 for more information.
Contact person: Brian DeCuir, Director
College of the Sequoias
Public Safety Training Center
925 13th Ave.
Hanford, CA 93230
Telephone: (559) 583-2600
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