Colorado is home to several police academies. Police Officer training in Colorado is split between police academies and colleges. While the college based police academies are easier to get into, they do not come with a job assignment (upon graduation) nor do the students get paid during the time of training (rather the opposite is true). Students that are accepted with a police academy that is operated by a city or county usually receive some sort of compensation, in several cases the full salary of a police officer.
This article is not about which education path is better or the more respected one, but should rather provide a complete list of Police Academies in Colorado. Interested individuals also need to be aware that not every Colorado based Police Academy is actively accepting students. As an example the Denver Police Academy has canceled classes for 2 budget years in a row and there is not necessarily a guarantee that the Denver Police Academy will open its doors again next (budget) year.
Most Police Academies in Colorado require the recruit to pass the P.O.S.T. exam as otherwise the recruits will not be able to graduate from the academy. In addition to a strict and tough physical training the academies might require the recruits to pass the LawFit Obstacle challenge, however some of the institutions might go well beyond those physical fitness requirements. Interested individuals are well advised to have a certain level of physical fitness to improve their chances for a) being accepted into an academy and b) to graduate in the upper percentile.
City, County, Agency Police Academy
Adams County Sheriff’s Academy
332 North 19th Avenue
Brighton, CO 80601
Aims C.C. Basic Peace Officer Academy
Mildred S. Hansen Building
5401 West 20th Street
Greeley, CO 80634
Aurora Police Training Academy
13328 East Montview Blvd., T-635
Aurora, CO 80045
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Colorado Springs PD Training Academy
725 North Murray Blvd.
Colorado Springs, CO 80915
Colorado State Patrol Basic Training Academy
Camp George West
15055 Golden Road
Golden, CO 80401
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El Paso County S.O. Training Academy
2741 East Las Vegas Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80906
Jefferson County Basic Law Enforcement Training Academy
200 Jefferson County Parkway
Golden, CO 80401
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Lakewood Police Academy
445 South Allison Parkway
Lakewood, CO 80226
Weld County Law Enforcement Training Academy
1950 “O” Street
Greeley, CO 80631
When applying to a police academy in Colorado certain rules and restrictions apply. Interested individuals have to go through a challenging selection process. Not everyone is suited to be a police officer and each individuals police academy will try to filter out candidates that might thrive better in a different career. Candidates need to be 21 years or older. There is usually no upper age limit, but realistically I would see the cutoff in age with people 45 or older. Applicants needs to be US citizens or permanent residents of the United States (Green Card). A Polygraph test will be required as well as candidates can expect to undergo a thorough background check.
Job offers for candidates who go through the academy usually require a final integrity interview and a psychological evaluation. Once a candidate has graduated and passed all other tests and exams he or she might be offered employment with the agency that operates the police academy. I have started reviewing the application and hiring process for several Police Departments. Above you will find the necessary resources to make yourself more familiar with the hiring and application process at the different Police and Sheriff Departments here in Colorado.