Law Enforcement Academy (LEA)

The Red Rocks Law Enforcement Academy is an intensive instructional program that satisfies the Colorado Peace Officer Standards and Training Board (POST) certification requirements. Colorado Law requires that candidates for peace officer and parole positions be POST certified before they work as a law enforcement officer. Our graduates have gone on to join police departments, sheriff’s offices and state agencies.

**We currently have police academy classes twice a year, Spring and Fall.  The typical hours are 8am-5pm, with some mandatory night classes, Monday-Friday. We do NOT have a part-time police academy program. 

Program Cost:         For Colorado residents, tuition and fees for the academy will be approximately $7,804* (with COF applied). Nonresident tuition, please contact the Cashier’s Office and financial aid is available for eligible students.  Please contact RRCC Financial Aid directly with any further questions at 303-914-6256. In addition, each cadet/student must purchase books (approximately $300), his or her own handgun, duty belt, flashlight, handcuffs, and other miscellaneous equipment.  Incidental costs during the academy include $150 for the POST test, $39.50 to be fingerprinted, $35 (approx.) for your certified background check, $13.00 for a CBI name check and approximately $70-80 for a CPR/First Aid class for cadets/students without current cards.   *Tuition and fees are subject to change.

What makes us unique? 

We work intensively with many Denver area police and sheriff’s departments. The majority of our instructors are active police officers, sheriff’s deputies and district attorneys, and they have recruited our graduates in the past. We currently have graduates employed with police agencies such as Golden, Lakewood and Arvada PD's. Do well in our Academy, and you’ll do well in your future employment!  

 The Spring 2017 Law Enforcement Academy Application process CLOSED on December 1st, 2016, some exceptions as follows:

  • Look in the ORANGE colored side bar for "how to apply to LEA" Individual applicants OR

  • Look in the ORANGE colored side bar for "how to apply to LEA" Agency-Sponsored applicants

If you are interested in attending a future (not the next available) RRCC Law Enforcement Academy, you may fill out the RRCC LEA Contact Form and we will contact you with more details as they arrive.

Degree Program

Learn more about the Law Enforcement Academy degree & certificate offered at RRCC.

From the Academy Director’s office

Welcome to the Red Rocks Community College Law Enforcement Academy webpage. I am pleased to direct one of the finest police academy programs in the state. As a recently retired 35-year veteran of the Lakewood Police Department and with over 25 years of faculty work at Red Rocks, I am excited to meet, direct, and promote the next generation of police officers, deputies, and state agency workers.

Come check us out, and see what exciting opportunities await you as you learn from some of the best professional criminal justice experts in the business. As a cadet in our program you will shoot at our regional police range in Lakewood, and you will drive and learn from active-duty Colorado State Patrol troopers at their own drive track. You will receive Taser certification, and DUI-SFST wet lab training from a lead trainer who “trains the trainers” for most of Colorado.

We also have some unique experiences in our academy that few or no police academies offer such as police oral board instruction with video reviews? Did you know that we actively solicit police and criminal justice agencies hiring during the academy? Yes, we offer our cadets the opportunity to test and receive conditional job offers while completing the academy. There might not be any better law enforcement connection for police agency job seekers than the Red Rocks Community College Law Enforcement Academy!

All in all, I believe that you will find that our academy program has a proven track record with many past graduates employed at various police agencies, as well as currently instructing in our academy.

What are you waiting for?
Come visit, and talk with me about a career in law enforcement and the exciting opportunities that await a POST-certified academy graduate.

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Cliff Dawson
Director, Law Enforcement Academy
cliff.dawson@rrcc.edu
303.914.6464