The Denver Police Academy is certified to provide basic training through Colorado State P.O.S.T. (Peace Officer Standards and Training - Certificate # 009). The academy can accommodate classes of up to 50 recruits. Recruit training is the mainstay of the Denver Police Academy, with classes generally conducted throughout the year.
The Denver Civil Service Commission and police administration determine class size and scheduling. Before placement on an eligibility list, applicants must first complete a comprehensive selection process, including numerous tests, interviews, and a thorough background investigation through the Civil Service Commission. For more information, call (720) 913-3370.
Recruits are are exposed to 26 weeks of intensive training on a variety of subjects, including but not limited to:
Instructors from the Denver Police Department, the Denver District Attorney's Office, the Denver City Attorney’s Office, as well as a number of other city and private agencies provide recruit officers with professional and quality instruction. Upon graduation each recruit officer is a qualified practitioner in basic police firearms, police vehicle operation, and The Denver Police Department’s arrest control system.
Police recruits undergo a series of weekly examinations and participate in a vigorous physical conditioning program. They also participate in a battery of field problems, testing their ability to function under stress and to reason through a challenging issue. These are often hands-on encounters requiring recruits to interview scenario volunteers and write reports, search and take subjects into custody, operate emergency equipment, and engage in building searches and shoot/don’t shoot situations.
Recruit training is a very challenging and demanding process with over 1,000 hours of instruction. Recruit officers must then pass the Colorado State P.O.S.T. examination to be certified as a peace officer in the State of Colorado. Upon graduation from the academy recruit officers are assigned to one of the six Patrol Districts where they undergo field training and evaluation. Field training lasts three and one-half months, and builds on the foundation provided by the academy to prepare recruit officers for a solo field assignment.
The academy also conducts training for lateral recruit officers (persons with qualified prior law enforcement experience). Requirements for this program are available from the The Denver Civil Service Commission, or by calling (720) 913-3370. Lateral recruits attend an abbreviated academy lasting sixteen weeks. They are held to the same standards as basic recruits and receive much of the same training. Upon graduation from the academy, lateral officers are assigned to one of the six Patrol Districts and must also successfully complete field training & evaluation before serving in a solo field assignment.
The police academy conducts training for reserve police officers. Police reserves are volunteers with a strong interest in their community and the Denver Police Department. They are not paid for their services and must successfully complete a series of tests and a thorough background investigation before they can enter the program. The Reserve Police Academy is approximately five months in duration. Classes are held at the Denver Police Academy during evenings and weekends. Upon graduation from the academy, reserve police officers are assigned to one of the six Patrol Districts and must then successfully complete field training and evaluation. Requirements for this program are available from the The Denver Civil Service Commission, or by calling (720) 913-3370. You must also contact the Denver Police Reserve Coordinator (720) 913-1350.
The Continuing Education Program provides instruction to Denver police officers and staff, as well as other law enforcement personnel across the Rocky Mountain region.
How to Enroll
To search our course offerings or sign up for classes, you must be with a law enforcement agency and be authorized to access the police classes website.
For more information, contact (720) 913-1350.
Traffic Operations Training
The Traffic Operations Bureau provides professional training courses to law enforcement officers from throughout the metropolitan and Rocky Mountain Region on motorcycle traffic operations including:
Outside law enforcement agencies interested in DPD motorcycle courses should call (720) 337-1056.
The Denver Police Family Members' Academy is open to immediate family members and significant others of current Denver police officers. Classes are tailored to provide family members with information about the duties and responsibilities of police officers.
Because law enforcement is a unique profession with distinct challenges and rewards, the Denver Police Department seeks to provide family members with an opportunity to ask difficult questions, combined with instruction that explains the stresses and difficult decisions faced by law enforcement personnel. The Family Members' Academy gives participants an insider's view of the Denver Police Department.
For more information, call (720) 913-1350.