House Bill 15-1287
HB-1287 was enacted July 2015 and with this new bill came additional members being added to the POST Board, new members on the SME committees and mandatory classes.
Every certified peace officer in the State of Colorado is required to train in Proper Holds and Restraints, Anti-bias Training, Community Policing / Community Partnership training and De-Escalation training. All of these classes will be two hours in length and it is the responsibility of each individual agency to determine what curriculum is appropriate for their agency and make that curriculum available to their officers by July 1, 2016. These classes can be taken in a classroom setting or agencies may include interactive, web-based training to fulfill this new mandate. These classes can go toward meeting the 24 hours of mandatory annual in-service training.
It is mandated in HB-1287 that all four of these classes be completed by July 1, 2017. Please see the HB 15-1287 Training & Resource Guide page for available courses and resources.
DNA Online Training:
DNA evidence - collection – retention training is required for all Colorado certified peace officers per CRS 24-31-311 (1)
Officers who completed a Colorado Basic Academy that began after March 1, 2009 received DNA training in the academy and meet statutory requirements. Provisional (out-of-state) officers are required to complete the DNA training.
Colorado Dog Protection Act
This course was developed by the Dog Protection Task Force in order to comply with SB13-226, the Dog Protection Act. All local law enforcement agency officers are required to complete this training. Though this is not a POST-provided course, POST is tracking completion of the course by officers. This course may be taken individually or as a group training. Click on the below link to access the training website.
The Dog Protection training must be completed by June 30, 2015.
Colorado POST was directed to establish standards to recognize and address incidents of abuse and exploitation of at-risk elders by identifying a training curriculum by January 1, 2014. The legislative mandate requires each county sheriff and each municipal law enforcement agency to have at least one peace officer attend the training by January 1, 2015.
The mandate for peace officers as mandatory reporters of suspected elder abuse was July 1, 2014.
Colorado POST was directed to establish standards for school resource officers (SRO) by identifying a training curriculum by January 1, 2014. The legislative mandate requires each county sheriff and each municipal law enforcement agency to have at least one peace officer attend the training by January 1, 2015. Effective January 1, 2014, this is the ONLY curriculum that will fulfill the mandated training requirement.
POST will credit those peace officers who have previously attended the forty-hour basic school resource officer training course presented by the National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO), Corbin and Associates Inc. Peace officers who have attended an approved course shall submit proof of attendance to POST by December 1, 2014.
Peace officers who have previously attended a basic SRO course from another presenter may request a review of the course content for POST credit.
The curriculum may be presented in one session or as multiple modules. Course presentations shall be approved by POST prior to the scheduling of the training. As some of the content is specific to Colorado, it’s recommended that presenters contact POST staff for information on instructors and training resources. Course approval information is available here, or please contact Training Manager Robert Baker.