Law Enforcement Academy (LEA)

**FALL 2020 Academy, COVID-19 Response**

At this time, the Red Rocks Law Enforcement Academy is planning to continue with the Fall 2020 Academy. During the Spring semester we have been able to implement virtual learning for all academic topics, and skills trainings have been modified to ensure our students/instructors are safe and not continuing the spread of COVID-19. We strive for a high- quality program, and are working hard to make sure it stays this way through these uncertain times.
We are accepting application packets for the Fall 2020 academy through June 15; 
please click on the link to the left that is appropriate for you. Any updates or changes to the Fall 2020 Academy will be posted here. Questions? 


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 8:00 am-5:00 pm, with some mandatory night classes, Monday-Friday. We do NOT have a summer or part-time police academy program at this time. 

Program Cost: For Colorado residents, tuition and fees for the academy will be approximately $9,000* (with COF applied). Included in that tuition is all your ammo for the range. 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, tactical boots 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. You will also have to purchase academy uniforms. The number of items is up to the individual, but the cost ranges from $200 to $500. 

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, 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!

If you are interested in applying for the Law Enforcement Academy, please click on the link to the left that is appropriate for you. You may also fill out the RRCC LEA Contact Form and we will contact you with more details as they are available.

  • Look in the BLUE colored side bar for "How to apply to LEA" Individual applicants OR (once opened for application)

  • Look in the BLUE colored side bar for "How to apply to LEA" Agency-Sponsored applicants (once opened for application)

If you are interested in attending the next 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 20 year veteran of Law Enforcement diverse as The National Park Service, Silverthorne Police, and the Denver Police Department and with a passion for law enforcement training, 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.

LEA director Mark Beluscak

Mark Beluscak
Director, Law Enforcement Academy

For additional information regarding the POST academy standards and curriculum, please go to

Colorado POST Board
1300 Broadway, 9th floor
Denver, CO 80203

Erik Bourgerie, POST Director