Basic Academies

In order to become POST-certified as a peace officer, you must first attend a POST-approved Basic academy. All Basic academies must meet or exceed POST requirements. The minimum required Basic curriculum is 556hours, though all academies exceed this requirement. Academies may be full-time or part-time, and length ranges from 16 to 40 weeks and typically run from August-December or January-May/June. Attendance at agency academies is limited to individuals sponsored by a law enforcement agency. Community college academies operate on open-enrollment and are generally self-funded. Specific requirements for admission must be met in order to enroll. Please contact the individual academies directly to obtain information regarding the application process, cost and length of program. There is NO online academy...

Click to view the Colorado POST Academy Statistics [updated 07/2021] spreadsheet. PLEASE NOTE: The annual and overall statewide rankings contained in this Academy Metric are based on the sole measurable data point available, the POST written exam. While this is an important and useful assessment tool, it cannot entirely capture the entire breadth of instruction at a law enforcement training academy. Soft skills, such as communication and de-escalation, cannot be quantified with current assessment methods and are therefore not used towards these rankings. Users of this Academy Metric should understand that while this tool can be effective in comparing law enforcement training academies across the state, it does not capture the overall quality of training provided to recruits.

Authorized Basic Academy Program Requirements

The links below provide the Basic Academic Training program for the years listed in a printable PDF format if needed for out-of-state certification transfer, etc. Programs listed contain the minimum requirement for that year, though the actual program length varies by academy, and many programs were longer. A gap in program years indicates that there was no change to the program.

Current Basic Academic Training Program

2022 Program

Past Basic Academic Training Program

2019 Program
2017 Program
2015 Program
2012 Program
2011 Program
2009 Program
2005 Program
2004 Program
2000 Program
1999 Program
1998 Program
1996 Program
1995 Program
1993 Program
1991 Program
1990 Program
1988 Program
1986 Program
1984 Program
1982 Program
1981 Program
1977 Program
1974 Program

Certification of Non-United States Citizens

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Please review the Basic Certification page for more information about the certification process.

Authorized Colorado Basic Academies

Academy Address Type Contact
Adams County Sheriff's Academy

FLATROCK Regional Training Center

23600 E. 128th Ave.
Commerce City, CO 80022

Google Maps

Agency

Cmdr. Jim Hinrichs
Director
 

 

Aims C.C. Basic Peace Officer Academy

Aims Windsor Campus, Public Safety Institute Building

1130 South Gate Drive

Windsor, CO 80550

Google Maps

Community College Jeff Smith
Director
Arapahoe C.C. Law Enforcement Academy

5900 South Santa Fe Drive
Littleton, CO 80160-9002

Google Maps

Community College David P. Bruce

Director

303-797-5874

Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office Training Academy

13101 E Broncos Pkwy
Centennial, CO, 80112
Google Maps

Agency Quinn Cunningham
Director

Aurora Police Training Academy

25950 East Quincy Avenue
Aurora, CO 80016
Google Maps

Agency Lt. Justin Shipley
Director

Colorado Mountain College - Glenwood

Springs

Law Enforcement Training Academy
3000 County Road 114
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601

Google Maps

Community College Stewart Curry
Director
970-947-8173

Joseph Maes
Assistant Director
970-947-8283
Colorado Mountain College - Summit County 333 Fiedler Ave
Dillon, CO 80435
Google Maps
Community College

Stewart Curry
Director
970-468-5989

Tom Kotz
Assistant Director
970-468-5989

Colorado Springs PD Training Academy

725 North Murray Blvd.

Colorado Springs, CO 80915

Google Maps

Agency

Lt. Korey Hutchison

Director

719-444-7679

Colorado State Patrol Basic Training

Academy

Camp George West
15055 Golden Road
Golden, CO 80401

Google Maps

Agency

Major Jeff Sewell

Training Services Branch Cmdr.

303-273-1753

C.C. of Aurora Law Enforcement Training

Academy

9235 East 10th Drive
Building 859
Denver, CO 80230

Google Maps

Community College

Michael Carter
Director
303-340-7211

 

Denver Police Academy

2155 North Akron Way
Denver, CO 80238

Google Maps

Agency

Lt. Michelle Folmar
Director
720-913-1359

El Paso County S.O. Training Academy

Office of the Sheriff
27 East Vermijo
Colorado Springs, CO 80903

Google Maps

Agency

Sgt. Gregory White
Director
719-520-7147

 

Fort Collins Police Services Academy

2221 S Timberline Rd
Fort Collins, CO 80525
Google Maps

Agency

Lt. Jackie Pearson
Director
 

Front Range Community College Law
Enforcement Academy
4616 S Shields St
Fort Collins, CO 80526
Google Maps
Community College Gwen Burke
Director

Highlands Ranch Law Enforcement

Training Academy

 

6001 Ron King Trail
Littleton, CO 80125

Google Maps

Private

Sgt. Les Steveson
Director
303-663-7704

Jefferson County SO and Lakewood PD
Combined Regional Academy

 

1955 S. Kipling St

Lakewood CO 80227

Google Maps

Agency

Cmdr. Greg Gompert (Jeffco)

Director

303-271-5439 or 303-987-7364

Otero Law Enforcement

Training Academy

1802 Colorado Avenue
La Junta, CO 81050
(Physical: 551 Prospect St, La Junta)

Google Maps

Community College

Vincent Fraker
Director

719-384-6867

Kyle Moore
Assistant Academy Director
719-384-6802

Pikes Peak Regional Law Enforcement Academy

5675 South Academy Blvd.
Colorado Springs, CO 80906

Google Maps

Community College

Cathy LaBrecque
Director
719-502-3528

Pueblo Community College Law Enforcement Academy

900 West Orman Avenue
Pueblo, CO 81004

Google Maps

Community College

Tracy Swearingen
Director

Pueblo Police Department Law Enforcement Academy

 

200 South Main Street
Pueblo, CO 81003

Google Maps

Agency Antoinette Ramos
Academy Director
719-553-3321

Red Rocks C.C. Law Enforcement Training

Academy

 

13300 West Sixth Avenue
Lakewood, CO 80228

Google Maps

Community Chief Sen Dugan
Interim Director
303-914-6498

Southwest Regional Law Enforcement Academy
(Pueblo Community College Southwest)

33057 Hwy 160
Mancos, CO 81328

Google Maps

Community College

Douglas Parker
Director
970-564-6202

Technical College of the Rockies Police Academy

 

1765 U.S. Highway 50
Delta, CO 81416

Google Maps

Community College Kimberly Shea
Director
970-874-6576

Trinidad State Junior College - Alamosa

Campus

 

Law Enforcement Training Academy
1011 Main Street
Alamosa, CO 81101
(Physical: 502 2nd Street, Alamosa)

Google Maps

Community College Sgt. Tate Kindschuh
Director
719-252-3605

Weld County Law Enforcement Training

Academy

1950 "O" Street
Greeley, CO 80631
(Physical: 1104 H Street, Greeley)

Google Maps

Agency

Sgt. Benjamin Endreson

Director

Western Colorado Peace Officers Academy

2508 Blichmann Avenue
Grand Junction, CO 81505

Google Maps

Community College Michael Diehl
Director
 
Western Colorado Law Enforcement Academy PO Box 790
Montrose, CO 81402
Agency

Courtney Jones
Director

Other Resources

HB21-1122 Commission Resource Guide

2022 HB21-1122 Commission Resource Guide

Reserve Academies List

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Refresher Academies List

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