Colorado is home to several police academy institutions run by cities or counties. I have already ready reviewed the Denver Police Academy and today I am writing about the Jefferson County Police Academy or better the Jefferson County Law Enforcement Academy. Jefferson County is called the Gateway to the Rockies and it spreads out from the Denver Foothills / Front Range into the Rocky Mountains accordingly. Due to its location you can expect that work as a police officer in Jefferson County can have some differences compared to a police officer working the streets of Denver.
The Jefferson County Law Enforcement Academy is not just based on the ideas and educational plans of the Jefferson county police force, but is involving police departments from different cities located in the county. So, the training classes get attention from many different police departments. Training officers from the different cities and jurisdictions teach classes during the 22 week police school training. Overall the academy trains officers from more than 15 municipal, county and state agencies that are located in Jefferson County. Summit County joins forces with Jefferson County as well.
The Jefferson County Police Academy training is based on the Peace Officer Standards and Training. Recruits must pass all POST certification tests in order to graduate from the Jefferson County Law Enforcement Academy. What kind of training is required under the P.O.S.T. standards?
- Criminal Justice
- Basic Law (Federal, State, Municipal)
- Human Rights and Victim’s Rights
- Community Policing
- Patrol Procedures
- Traffic Control
- Investigative Procedures
- Arrest Control
While P.O.S.T. only requires 546 hours of training, the training at the Jefferson County Academy goes above 730 hours of instructor lead training. The extra portion of training goes towards improved skills with arrest control, patrol car driving, and firearms training. These are often life-threatening situations and the Jefferson County Sheriffs have recognized that the additional training provides huge value for the future police officers and the residents of Jefferson County.
Physical training is an important part at the Jefferson County training academy. Weather permitting recruits will be able to even train at the Red Rocks Amphitheater which means running up and down the stairs. On one of the videos available at the academy website you can follow along how that part of the training looks like. I personally are a runner for my own fitness and I can tell you what the recruits show on the video is pretty impressive. Great team building exercise, too.
While doing research for this article I discovered that the Jefferson County Sheriff’s office has actually posted a large number of videos to Youtube about the academy training. If you have some time, I highly recommend watching these videos as they provide great insight into the training program. Especially the 3rd video has some impressive footage to show. Police officers not only learn to use the Taser as a weapon, they will be exposed to being tased as well. This is very important to better understand what it means to taser somebody and how it can affect that person. I found this part of the training highly impressive. Video #4 shows the class of 2007-1 upon graduation. Again, very impressive pictures when the graduates are taking the oath – ready to serve.
If you are interested in becoming a police officer you should definitely take a closer look at the Jefferson County Law Enforcement Academy. For one Jefferson County is a great place to live at and its often rural character makes it special in my opinion. Being able to serve as a police officer in the county where you live would fill you with proud for sure. The Jefferson County Police Academy offers one of the best police training experiences in the State of Colorado.