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 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.
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.
Denver Police Academy
2155 N. Akron Way
Denver, CO 80238
Phone: (720) 913-1350
Information Desk: (720) 913-6010
Non-Emergency Line: (720) 913-2000
Dial 911 for Emergencies
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.