Public Safety Training Center

Public Safety Training Center

Never before has there been a greater demand for well-trained and educated professionals in the law enforcement and correctional fields. 


About Us

Our Public Safety Training Center offers a number of different certificate, degree and continuing education opportunities for anyone interested in pursuing a career in one of the three components of the justice system—law enforcement, the court system, or corrections facilities.

It is our goal to prepare you for the future of public safety, ensuring that you can create positive partnerships and enhanced the quality of life in the diverse communities you will serve.

The California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) certifies all courses.

Hours and Location
Public Safety Training Center

AJ Building,
Room 100C

Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm

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  • Administration of Justice
  • Law Enforcement Academy
  • Dispatch
  • Advanced Officer Training
  • Fire Academy
  • EMT/Paramedic

Basic Law Enforcement Academy

Since 1966, College of the Redwoods has proudly offered our Basic Law Enforcement Academy, also known as the Police Academy. We have produced more than 3,738 peace officers. Today, the Academy is presented in a modular format and is offered in spring and again in fall.

The Academy is an intensive program that meets 40-50 hours per week, five (and occasionally more) days per week.

 Students interested in the Academy must pass

  • PELLETB test
  • Physical fitness assessment
Fire Academy

Fire Academy

Students completing this certificate will have the knowledge and skills to perform the duties of an entry-level Wildland Firefighter as required by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire). Students are eligible to apply for Cal Fire certification on successful completion of the training.


Learn theories and skills for emergency life-support measures to become an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) in just 1-semester. After becoming EMT certified, you can choose to apply for the 33-unit Paramedic program, which builds on the knowledge gained as an EMT.


Administration of Justice

For those wishing to pursue their studies above and beyond the basics of law enforcement we offer two degree tracks. After completing the BLEA, you can use those units towards an Associate of Science, Police Science degree, which will make you more employable in those agencies that require a college degree and, once hired, will help you move into higher paying jobs faster.

If you want to continue your studies, you can complete an Associate of Science in Administration of Justice for Transfer, which prepares you to transfer to a CSU as a junior.


Public Safety Dispatchers' Basic Course introduces the necessary skills and knowledge to work in a law enforcement communications center in a productive and professional manner. The course also prepares each student for the basic roles, responsibilities, and duties of a public safety dispatcher within the law enforcement agency.

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Advanced Officer Training

Did you know that some local agencies pay extra for attainment of POST certificates? Eureka Police Department, for instance, pays an additional 7% for the Intermediate and 14% for the Advanced Certificate.

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Public Safety Training Center

Michael Perkins, Director

 Esmeralda Ramirez, Administrative Office Coordinator

 Kerry Mayer, Interim Vice President of Instruction

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