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.

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 PDs, as well as the Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife. Do well in our Academy, and you’ll do well in your future employment!

Registration/application for the Spring 2016 Law Enforcement Academy will close on December 1, 2015: 5pm! 

There are limited seats in each academy and are filled by the Director on a first-come, first-serve basis after the Director's Interview process (by email appointment only).  Unique or rare application circumstances can be reviewed by the LEA Director.  Director Cliff Dawson can be emailed at:

How to Apply for the 2016 Spring Law Enforcement Academy (LEA)

Degree Program

Many law enforcement agencies currently require a college degree for employment. The Red Rocks Law Enforcement Academy meets and exceeds requirements set by the POST Board, giving the peace officer candidate an opportunity to earn 39 hours of college credit in one semester. Red Rocks offers an Associate of Applied Science in Law Enforcement or Associates of Arts in Criminal Justice with the completion of an additional 24 credit hours (AA-CJ credit requirements may be different). The Law Enforcement Academy has an articulation agreement with Regis University, and once you complete your AAS with us, you have the option to transfer to Regis for your Bachelor’s degree.

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  • Associate of Applied Science in Law Enforcement

This program prepares students for entry level employment in Criminal Justice, specifically law enforcement.

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  • Basic Law Enforcement Academy Certificate (P.O.S.T. Certification)