HANFORD — After 28 years at the Visalia Police Department, new College of the Sequoias police academy and training director Rick Haskill is looking for the next batch of potential peace officers.

The COS Hanford campus is currently accepting sign-ups for the Law Enforcement Academy Class for the spring 2017 semester.

Haskill, who retired from the Visalia Police Department as a captain, said it was the right time for a change. He also wanted to help train the next generation of law enforcement officers.

“This was the police academy I went to," Haskill said. "We want to be able to turn out cadets that agencies are looking for.”

For Haskill, the first step is to help sign-up students who have an interest in law enforcement.

Enrollment into the Police Academy is open to qualified students with the campus offering two different programs depending on a potential officer’s schedule.

The intensive program runs from February to July and is five days a week. The extended program runs from January to November and is mostly weekends and some Fridays catering to students who need to work.

There is also a basic academy preparation class, which Haskill said can give students an introduction to the police academy.

Potential cadets have to pass an entry level law enforcement exam and then a physical agility exam before entering the academy. 

Kevin Mizner, now the district’s police chief, was formerly the police academy and training director.

“(Haskill) is a seasoned local law enforcement veteran who has served as a member of the Academy’s Advisory Board,” Mizner said. “He understands the academy program as well as the Advanced Officer Training Program and the expectations of the CA-POST (accrediting agency). He’s a skilled administrator, and I’m excited to see him lead the program into the future.”

Kristin Robinson, provost at the COS Hanford campus, agreed.

“He brings his dedication to public service and his wanting to make a difference to us,” she said. “He's just a really good fit for us.”

The reporter can be reached at 583-2431 or jbutters@HanfordSentinel.com. Follow him on twitter @jsbutters.

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