This academy provides an intensive instructional program
that satisfies the certification requirement for prospective or newly hired law
enforcement and parole officers. Completion of a certified training academy is
one of the requisites for individual certification by the Colorado Peace
Officer Standards and Training Board (POST). Colorado Law requires that
candidates for peace officer and parole positions be POST certified before they
work as a Law Enforcement Officer. The
This is not an open enrollment offering. Enrollment is limited to 30 students.
Students must make separate application to the Academy. Download the Application
Packet (.pdf) or see below for details.
Now accepting applications.
Course Times: The intensive 38-college credit program is 17-18 weeks in length. Classes meet from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday. There will be a few select classes held in the evening and on Saturdays.
Program Cost: For Colorado residents, tuition and fees for the academy will be approximately $6,700* (with COF applied). Nonresident tuition will be approximately $20,000*. See application packet for additional costs/information. *Tuition and fees are subject to change.
Requirements: Applicants must be 21 years of age, possess a high school diploma or GED, and complete an assessment test (ACCUPLACER) to determine if reading and writing skills are at college level. See application packet for additional requirements.
Restrictions: Items that may exclude students from acceptance into the academy include: moving vehicle violations (DUI, suspension, reckless driving, etc.) in the last 3-5 years; certain misdemeanor convictions; a conviction of any felony or crime of moral turpitude; recent drug use; or academic assessment scores (below college entry level). If you have been charged with a crime other than a traffic offense, obtain court records as soon as possible indicating the disposition of the case, and submit the disposition with your application to the Academy.
More Police, Parole, Corrections Officers Needed
Although a few large law enforcement agencies have their own training programs, most rely on other sources for academy training, that will allow candidates to become eligible for certification by the Colorado Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST).
Normal attrition, retirements and the anticipated addition of new positions will prompt a need for many more new peace officers in law enforcement agencies throughout the state of Colorado.
In addition to many opportunities for jobs within local police and sheriff departments, new employees will be needed over the next few years to staff federal and state prisons in Colorado. To meet the need for trained applicants in these areas, Red Rocks offers not only offers the Colorado POST-approved Basic Law Enforcement Training Academy, but also an associate degree program in Criminal Justice.