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  • Law Enforcement Academy

     

    The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office Law 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.

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    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

     

    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 840hours 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 twenty week life of a recruit on our blog page.

    History

    In 1908, Jefferson County Sheriff Alan Heater held Colorado's first law enforcement basic training academy in Golden. The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office Law Enforcement Academy, as it is currently known and operated, was established in 1965. Since then, more than 1,000 recruits have graduated from the academy. Today, an average academy class holds 40 recruits.

    Partnership

    Academy instruction is a collaborative effort from several area agencies, producing an unsurpassed curriculum and learning experience for graduates. Participating agencies contribute toward curriculum development, training philosophies, theories and practices consistent with modern law enforcement and Colorado POST requirements. Academy instructors demand great integrity and accountability from each recruit, and the academy's regimented atmosphere sets a tone of professionalism that remains with graduates throughout their careers.