Riverside Police Department

Ben Clark Training Center

The Riverside Sheriff’s Academy begins at various times throughout the year at the Ben Clark Training Center in Riverside. Not only do they train their own Deputy Sheriff Trainees but they also train police officer trainees from other law enforcement agencies and self-sponsored students from Riverside Community College.  The academy is a 24 week program with 940 hours of training.  Their standards are well above the California P.O.S.T minimum standard for Police Officer training.  The training is conducted during the weekdays from 6:00 am to 5:00 pm with some training conducted after hours.  The academy is not a “live-in” academy and but the Sheriff’s Department does have rooms available if necessary. 

The Academy is a paramilitary structure with weekly physical conditioning and an intense classroom curriculum.   There are learning domains, weekly exams, mid-term and a final exam.  They combine classroom learning with scenario / role-playing practical situations.  The academy curriculum structure allows us to train individuals who made a career change from another field and those with no training or education in law enforcement.  These are just some of the things you will learn in the academy program:

  • California Laws such as the Penal Codes, Vehicle Codes, Health and Safety Codes
  • Fire Arms Training
  • Laws Pertaining to Search and Seizure
  • Criminal Investigations
  • Emergency Response Driving
  • Vehicle Car Stops
  • Officer Safety
  • Report Writing
  • Crime Scene Management
  • Accident Investigation
  • Police Officer Ethics
  • Building Searches
  • Non-Lethal Weapons Training
  • Defensive Tactics
  • Arrest and Control Techniques
  • Radio Communication Codes
  • Recognition of Illegal Substances and Narcotics
  • Recognition of Under the Influence
  • Evidence Collection
  • Juvenile Laws
  • Lifetime Fitness
  • And many others

Upon successful completion and graduation of the Academy, you will continue your training period on the street as you move into the Field Training Program of the patrol division.

For additional information please see the Ben Clark Training Website at http://www.clarktraining.org/index.asp.

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