The City of Aurora and the associated Aurora Police Department maintain the Aurora Police Academy. Aurora is part of the Denver Metro Area, but is an independent city and therefore maintains its own police academy to be able to train recruits matching the needs to be able to perform service within the Aurora City Limits. Aurora has its own bag of problems and police officers for the city of Aurora will probably face different situations compared to their colleagues in Jefferson County. So, these challenges need to be addressed during training and the Aurora Police Academy has a great reputation to train the recruits thoroughly.
The Aurora Police Academy entry-level training is set to 26 weeks – followed by a field training of 14 weeks. The lateral training is set to 13 weeks followed by 7 weeks field training. The academy is built upon a military structure and recruits need to obey the strict rules accordingly. For both training sets the requirements of P.O.S.T. need to be met by the recruits. Recruits also need to pass the Cooper Fitness test with at least 50%. All other tests need to be passed with at least a minimum of 70%. The Aurora Police Department puts a lot of emphasis on the following 4 areas and recruits will better be able to pass these tests as otherwise their future at the Aurora Police Department will be non-existent.
- Driving Skills
- Arrest Control
Aurora is known for a tougher crime environment compared to some other parts of the Denver Metro area and the training program that is being taught at the academy definitely puts that into consideration. The training instructors at the Aurora Academy represent a diverse group of highly skilled officers. The Aurora Police Department has a great reputation and going through the 26 weeks of training you can tell that these law enforcement officers and instructors know what they are talking about.
The days at the academy will be tough, especially for those recruits that have never had any military experience or were police officers somewhere else. Each training day poses new challenges for the recruits and you should not really expect to settle into a routine – unless you consider always new challenges a routine. Training days usually start at 7 AM and last until 4 PM. Several special training sessions require extended or late hours. As an example, it is hard to teach night driving during the day. Physical fitness training is challenging for those not being very fit. The training oftentimes includes a rigorous workout routing including runs up to 6 miles. Circuit training is not just a modern fitness training you hear about, the Aurora Police Academy puts its own spin on it and recruits that make it through the program will be fit for the job.
If you have read my other reviews about the different police academies here in Colorado (Denver, Jefferson County) you can tell that Aurora’s training program sounds a little harder. This can definitely be the case. But recruits should consider that these are skills that eventually save their life’s down the road. Being a police officer is not an easy job and the better one is prepared, the better the chances to succeed are. Aurora does not want the average recruit; they want people who are willing to live up to high expectations. And the Aurora Police Department is paying accordingly, too. Depending on your pre-existing skills and qualification candidates might start out with an annual salary of over $60,000.
Check out the website of the Aurora Police Academy. I found their website hard to navigate, but on the other side they offer a lot of information – often more information than many other police academies in the county. The Aurora Police Academy is a great choice to consider if you want to work in law enforcement.