Fall Classes: The majority of fall 2020 classes will be offered online/remote. Learn more about the fall 2020 semester.
Thanks for inquiring about becoming a cadet at the Community College of Aurora, CO Basic Law Enforcement Training Academy and starting on your path to a career in the best profession in America!
Academy Times, Requirements, and Application
We offer two approximately 40-week long, 800+ hour, part-time academies for the 2020 & 2021 calendar years.
Our next academy is our “Fall” 2020 P.O.S.T. Academy. The academy will start August 24th, 2020. It will be a part-time, approximately 40-weeks/800+ hours, academy; running Monday through Thursday nights from 6 to 10 pm AND all day on Saturdays from 8 am to 5 pm. A mandatory orientation for the FALL 2020 academy will be held for all accepted applicants on Tuesday night, August 4th, 2020, from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm; applications will be accepted up to 5 pm, August 3rd, 2020.
The “Spring” 2021 P.O.S.T. Academy will also be a part-time, approximately 40-week/800+ hour academy, running Monday through Thursday nights from 6 to 10 pm AND all day on Saturdays from 8 am to 5 pm. It will start on January 19th, 2021. A mandatory orientation for the SPRING 2020 academy will be held for all accepted applicants on Thursday, January 7th, 2021, from 5:30 to 8:30 pm; applications are being accepted up to 5 pm, Jan. 6th, 2021.
We will not be running any full-time academies through 2021.
The academy program fee includes the full use of our Glock 17 9mm firearms; all required ammo – even if “extra” work is needed on the range to help you qualify; books; equipment; and other required materials for the program. Cadets are financially responsible for 1-2 pairs (their option) of black, police-style boots or shoes (talk with the Director before buying boots, to make sure you buy affordable, yet durable boots), a black belt for their BDU pants, a police-style flashlight, any note-taking supplies and materials, and, optionally, a pair of wrestling shoes for the mat work.
The current academy cost with the applicable Colorado Opportunity Fund (COF) state stipend assistance applied for qualified in-state applicants, as of 22 May 2018, is about $8,600.00. This amount, reflecting both the academy college tuition and college fees and the academy’s equipment fees for a “qualified in-state tuition” student, does not reflect future tuition or fees increases that the college may add after this date.
100% attendance is required at the academy. No waivers to miss class will be issued, except for illness, family emergencies, military and jury duty. ALL MISSED CLASS must be made-up, and depending on the circumstances under which a class was missed, the cadet may be obligated to pay for the instructor(s) and any additional fees the college may incur to run the make-up class for the cadet.
Students are preferably 21 years of age or older, though entry can be made if one is 20 1/2 and will be 21 by the time of the POST exam, to apply to the academy and possess a high school diploma or GED cert. All cadets must be 21 before graduation.
Students must not have any felony convictions (to include deferred convictions or convictions where a juvenile was charged as an adult); general court martials or a Dishonorable Discharge; or convictions involving domestic violence; or have been convicted of any of the CO P.O.S.T. 42 disqualifying misdemeanors listed in the FAQ link; and not have been arrested and convicted for any misdemeanors in the past 5 years to include DUIs and DWAIs.
A student's driving record must be satisfactory (no more than 4 violations in the past two years).
NO illegal drug usage in the past 3-5 years, depending on the drug used. This includes no marijuana use for any reason, medical or recreational, in the past 18 months, even after the date the state legalized its use. Students must be able to pass a standardized drug screen test.
Students must be physically and emotionally fit to handle the physical training and stress of the academy program.
Students must be able to physically comply, per state and federal guidelines on the physical fitness and physical abilities requirements for law enforcement officers, with all CO P.O.S.T. requirements for the Skills Courses to include Arrest Control; Driving; and Firearms. Students must be able to pass an academy-run physical fitness test prior to the start of the academy; cadets will be expected to meet certain fitness requirements while in the academy.
You MUST read the FAQ link for further restrictions and information prior to application.
Applications that are incomplete or indicate past disqualifying behaviors, that are listed in the FAQ, will be rejected.
...and also complete the online Background Check process in the application packet per the instructions found on p. 16.
Then complete the application.
CALL the academy phone number (303-880-2088) to make an appointment for a mandatory interview and bring your application, and required documents listed below, in person to the academy to your interview appointment located at the address below.
Include the following documents with your application:
a) Copy of Birth Certificate.
b) Copy of High School Diploma or GED.
c) Copy of college transcript; copy of college diploma, if applicable.
d) Copy of Driving Record (available at any Division of Motor Vehicles Office).
e) Copy of Driver's License.
f) Copy of Health Insurance Card (all students must have some form of health insurance).
g) Students with Citizenship papers must present the original for verification by Academy Staff.
h) Students who are agency sponsored: please attach a letter on agency letterhead from your agency head stating that you are sponsored. This letter must also contain information regarding your CBI and DMV record.
i) Letter from physician stating that you are in good physical and mental health and able to participate in the physical fitness aspects of the academy (similar to a sports physical) - must have been completed in the past six months prior to application.
j) DD214 if you have served in the military service.
After completing the necessary paperwork and obtaining all the documents you must call the Academy Director at 303-880-2088 and make an appointment to drop off your application and meet with us - you can find the building by using GOOGLE MAPS and typing in "Center for Simulation, Aurora, CO" in the GOOGLE MAPS SEARCH box - it will show you our building on the Lowry campus)
Basic Law Enforcement Training Academy
Lowry Campus/Director Michael Carter
"Center for Simulation"
9235 East 10th Drive
Building 859, Room 143
Denver, CO 80230
If you would like an application packet mailed to you contact the Academy Director, Michael Carter at 303-880-2088; or his Program Assistant, Cindy Smith, at (303) 340-7070. You can also email Cindy Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your name, address, phone number, and a detailed message. If she cannot be reached, please email the Academy Director, Michael Carter, at email@example.com.