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Law Enforcement Training Academy

Associate of Applied Science & Certificate

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The Law Enforcement  Training Academy program offers a certificate and Associate of Applied Science in basic law enforcement to prepare students for the Colorado POST (Police Officer Standards and Training) Certification Examination.

Program Description

The Law Enforcement Training Academy (LETA) is staffed with experienced instructors who are experts in their areas of instruction. All Academy instructors are career peace officers or full-time public sector professionals. This is a one-semester, 40-credit hour, intensive peace officer certification program that provides students the necessary skills and mindset to succeed in law enforcement. The Academy offers over 750 hours of classroom and hands-on training. This includes additional hours in Investigations, Communication, Arrest Control, Firearms Training and Driving. This is 200 hours or more above the 556 required training hours set by the Colorado POST Board.

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Associate of Applied Science

The Associate of Applied Science degree combines the Law Enforcement Training Academy with related general education courses to assists in career advancement.

This Associate of Applied Science degree articulates into Colorado Mesa University’s (CMU) Bachelor of Applied Science in Public Administration/Public Safety degree program. Please talk to an advisor for more information.

Why Would I chose OJC LETA?

The OJC Law Enforcement Training Academy is not the only academy in Colorado that offers instruction above the POST curriculum requirements; however, OJC is the only academy that focuses on training students from rural areas who want to continue living in small towns or rural area and work as a peace officer. While OJC’s focus is on the broader training needed to serve small and rural agencies, however OJC graduates are equally prepared to meet the narrower and more job specific requirements of larger and metro agencies as well.

Additional Course Information

Law Enforcement TrainingOJC Law Academy classes are taught by forty career law enforcement professionals with 400 plus years of combined law enforcement and training experience. The OJC instructors represent or have retired from fifteen different state and local criminal justice agencies, plus one federal agency. All OJC instructors are certified in their instruction area; all regularly refresh their training and all have actually applied and practiced what they teach on the street. Students benefit because they have direct contact with and have the opportunity to learn from proven experts. This “apprenticeship” type training provides students with the freshest, strongest and most up-to-date training available from a wide range of instructor experiences.

The OJC Law Enforcement Training Academy is a one-semester long, 16 week, 40 credit hour certification program with classes beginning in August and January. Classes are held daily from 8:00 A.M. until 5:00 P.M., with occasional evening training classes. This is an intensive course targeted to persons focused on long term law enforcement careers. Pre-testing, background checks and admission procedures usually take at least three weeks to complete prior to the first day of class.  Contact the Academy Director at 719-384-6867 or start the process by completing the checklist linked to in this page.