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Eureka Police Department providing two scholarships to cadets in Redwood Public Safety Academy

EUREKA- The College of the Redwoods Basic Law Enforcement Academy is currently training its 113th class of cadets.  However, this is the first year the Eureka Police Department has offered scholarships to those in the Redwood Public Safety Academy.

The EPD is offering two scholarships, one for $2,500 and one for $1,500 to two cadets in this semester’s class.   The scholarship is named after Murl Harpham, a 56-year veteran with the EPD.  The EPD Chief of Police and the Head Recruiting Officer spoke to the 21 cadets about the kind of officers the EPD is looking for.  Cadets will have to apply for the Eureka Police Department and the scholarship to be considered for one of the two scholarships.  They will have to write an essay about what they think the biggest change in policing has been during Murl Harpham’s 56 year career.  Officials say this scholarship does more than motivate cadets to join the Eureka Police Department.

"These young men and women put themselves through an entire academy.  That means no job; it's a full time deal.  No job, minimal income.  I talked to a recruit who's going to go to the academy who has been waiting two years to save up enough money to get through the academy.  This is targeted to help them," said Chief Andrew Mills of the Eureka Police Department.