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 can download the Pre-academy Fitness Program (PDF).

Peace Officer Standards & 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:

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

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.