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Do you want to become a police officer in Colorado? Take the first step toward police certification by earning a police academy certificate from Aims.

Get the Costs of Your Training Covered

Local counties are currently covering costs to get trained through Aims’ Peace Officer Academy. This is a great opportunity to gain career training and position yourself to receive job offers immediately after graduating. To get started, contact the county where you live. Select your county and age group below.

Weld County
Up to Age 24
Ages 25 and Up

Larimer County
Up to Age 24
Ages 25 and Up

Peace Officer Academy Certificate

Take the first step toward Police Officer Certification and earn a POST board accredited police academy certificate at Aims, which is required to become a certified police officer in Colorado. In two semesters, learn basic law enforcement techniques, including arrest and control, driving, and conducting investigations. This certificate can be earned in 1 or 2 semesters. The 1 semester Peace Officer Academy Certificate is not Financial Aid eligible.

Row Groupings Program Requirements: Credits
required

(Formerly CRJ 101) Conforms to POST standards and state certification requirements as well as the basic skills and knowledge necessary to perform the entry level duties of a peace officer. Emphasis will be on simulating actual situations utilizing both a lecture and laboratory mode of learning. Prerequisite(s): Permission of Academy Director. Six credits.

6
required

(Formerly CRJ 103) Enhances the standards established by the P.O.S.T. Board and state certification requirements as well as the basic skills and knowledge necessary to perform the entry level duties of a Police Officer. Emphasis will be on expanding the P.O.S.T. curriculum to create a unique learning experience. Prerequisite(s): Permission of Academy Director. Two credits.

2
required

(Formerly CRJ 104) Enhances the standards established by the P.O.S.T. Board and state certification requirements as well as the basic skills and knowledge necessary to perform the entry level duties of a Police Officer. Emphasis will be on expanding the P.O.S.T. curriculum to create a unique learning experience. Prerequisite(s): Permission of Academy Director. One credit.

1
required

Exploration of the skills, knowledge and abilities necessary to effectively maintain control of a suspect when making an arrest. Explains the continuum of force and de-escalation of force. Three credits.

Course Prerequisites

Permission of Academy Director.

3
required

Exploration of the skills, knowledge and abilities required for operation of a law enforcement vehicle. Emphasizes defensive driving. Enables students to demonstrate skills by driving a vehicle under simulated conditions.Three credits.

Course Prerequisites

Permission of Academy Director 

3
required

Discusses the skills, knowledge and abilities necessary to safely use police firearms. Students will demonstrate skills by firing weapons on a firing range. The student will demonstrate basic safety techniques and will explain the firearms role within the continuum of force. Prerequisite(s): Permission of Academy Director. Three credits.

3
required

(Formerly CRJ 118) Identifies the areas of concern in regards to proper documentation of police related activities. Focuses on report writing skills, proper structuring of interviews and chronological documentation of events. Incorporates proper sentence structuring, the use of correct terminology and accuracy in written reports. Prerequisite(s): Permission of Academy Director. Three credits.

3
required

Exploration of an in-depth study of the basic knowledge and skills required of a peace officer to safely and effectively accomplish patrol procedures. Prerequisite(s): Permission of Academy Director. Three credits.

3
required

Introduces investigation methods and procedures from preliminary investigation through the follow-up stages. Three credits.  

Course Prerequisites

Permission of Academy Director

3
required

Exploration of the skills and concepts necessary to complete an accurate investigation of a traffic collision. Emphasizes traffic management concepts, selective traffic enforcement, and safety issues. Three credits.

Course Prerequisites

Permission of Academy Director

3
required

Exploration of an in-depth study of the basic knowledge and skills required of a peace officer to safely and effectively accomplish the patrol function. Two credits. 

Course Prerequisites

Permission of Academy Director

2
required

Focuses on providing information and guidelines for moving toward a more healthy lifestyle. Includes classroom instruction, an individual fitness evaluation, computerized analysis of results, and a prescribed exercise program utilizing the equipment and exercise options available in the Fitness Center. One credit.

1
required

Offers an independent self-paced format of conditioning exercises to meet individual needs. Emphasizes the value of lifetime fitness and its contribution to achieving personal health and wellness. Students utilize cardiorespiratory, muscular strength and endurance exercises to promote positive changes in health-related fitness components. One credit.

1
Total Credits for Certificate 34