• Contact Information

    Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, Recruiting

    Monday - Friday
    8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

    Contact Us

    800 Jefferson County Pkwy.
    Attn: Recruiting
    Golden, CO 80401

  • Law Enforcement Academy


    The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office and Lakewood Combined Regional Law Enforcement Academy is a 21-week program designed to prepare graduates for a career as a certified law enforcement officer. The academy trains officers from more than 15 municipal, county and state agencies and is recognized as a leader in law enforcement instruction statewide. Academy graduates go on to work as deputy sheriffs, police officers, fire/rescue personnel, CBI agents or state gaming agents throughout Colorado.

    Applicants –download the pre-academy fitness program Download Adobe Reader from Downloads Page

    Watch the video to get an idea of what it takes to get through the academyVideo Icon 

    Peace Officer Standards and Training

    The academy's curriculum covers all state of Colorado Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) requirements. Recruits must pass all POST certification tests to graduate. Classes are taught by highly qualified instructors, most of which are veteran officers with expertise in a particular discipline.

    Major subject areas include:

    • Criminal Justice
    • Basic Law
    • Human Rights and Victim's Rights
    • Community Policing
    • Patrol Procedures
      • Includes an emphasis on law enforcement driving, arrest control, explosives ordnance destruction (EOD), SWAT tactics and critical incidents
    • Traffic Control
    • Investigative Procedures
    • Communication


    Colorado POST requires 540 hours of training, but the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office academy incorporates additional training and requires graduates to complete a total of 840 hours before graduation. Additional hours are spent on subjects such as arrest control, driving and firearms.

    A Day in the Life of an Academy Recruit

    We invite our recruits to chronicle their adventures in the law enforcement training academy. Take a peek at the life of a recruit on our blog page.