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Getting Started in a Public Safety Career
There are many career paths available in public safety. Some, like patrol or traffic enforcement, deal directly with the public. Others, like corrections or dispatch may be out of the public eye but are very necessary to the public safety of a community.
Peace Officer Standards Training (POST) is a professional certification program for sworn peace officers, public safety dispatchers, deputy coroners and records supervisors. POST certificates are awarded by the Clark Training Center to those who meet or exceed the experience, education and training requirements prescribed by POST as outlined in the POST Administrative Manual
The Riverside County Sheriff's Department awards Basic certificates after a deputy sheriff has completed a POST approved academy and has successfully passed an 18-month probationary employment period.
The Clark Training Center offers many options to support the pursuit of a public safety career. If you think you may be interested in a career in law enforcement, you may want to enroll in:
Becoming a Deputy Sheriff
New deputies hired by the Riverside County Sheriff's Department must have completed the Basic Academy training or the three levels of Modular Academy training.
The Modular Approach - Part-Time Training
The modular version of Basic Academy is designed to allow working adults an opportunity to train as a peace officer during evenings and alternating weekends. It is also the course series for those interested in becoming reserve deputy officers. Click the Modular & Reserve button for more information.
Becoming a Public Safety Dispatcher
Calls for service come in from the public and are radioed out to patrol or specialized units depending on the nature of the call. Communication centers are staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and provide the highest quality, professionally competent public services to the communities they serve. Dispatch operators handle emergency 9-1-1 calls for service as well as wireless calls, non-emergency, and allied agency calls.
Homeland Security Training
The Homeland Security Training Program (RTP) is a collaboration between Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, Riverside County Fire/CAL FIRE, Riverside County Department of Public Health, and Riverside County Office of Education. These agencies work together to develop training courses and programs in a multi-disciplinary, all-hazards approach to homeland security, emergency management and critical incident management.
Law Enforcement Explorer posts help youth to gain insight into a variety of programs that offer hands-on career activities. For young men and women who are interested in careers in the field of law enforcement, Exploring offers experiential learning with lots of fun-filled, hands-on activities that promote the growth and development of adolescent youth.
Some of the courses at the Ben Clark Training Center are open to civilian, non-sworn members of the public. These courses are taught by professional law enforcement personnel and can assist the public in completing required or recommended training for weapons handling, or to familiarize citizens with self-defense tactics or law enforcement operations.