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 such as the Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife.
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!
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 38 hours of college credit in one semester. Red Rocks offers an Associate of Applied Science in Law Enforcement or Criminal Justice with the completion of an additional 24 credit hours. 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.
Furthering his career
“I selected Red Rocks because its reputation is outstanding. My experiences with the staff and school administratively were excellent from my initial inquiries. They care about your education and are thorough in helping make the process to entry smooth.” (More.)
-David D. Robinson, Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army, (I will have the selection of many opportunities in law enforcement.)
I will never forget my experience.
"Throughout my experience at academy I found myself creating great memories of my own. I couldn't believe how many excellent instructors came in to teach for us, instructors who have been coming back for years to continually support the Red Rocks Law Enforcement Academy.” (More.)
-City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks Ranger
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.