About the Law Academy
Training for Future Peace Officers
OJC believes today’s peace officers need this training in addition to the POST curriculum and before they work the street. Such training during the academy creates a better prepared officer and saves small and rural agencies valuable time and training expenses. Many agencies have limited training budgets or work scheduling constraints that make entry level officers wait years for the “added” training available in the OJC Law Academy.
For more information or to request a Law Academy Student Information Packet from the Otero Junior College Student Services call 719-384-6831 or contact Miner Blackford, Academy Director at 719-384-6867.
The added “PLUS” students receive by attending the OJC Law Academy is specialized training in “advanced” subjects and important hours added to traditional subjects:
- Anti-Bias Policing Certification
- Officer Survival/Safety, Police Procedures
- Law Enforcement Weapons and Firearms
- Pressure Point Control Tactical Arrest Control. (PPCT)
- Evidence and Crime Scene Processing
- DUI Roadside Sobriety Testing /SFST (the certification required by Colorado law to do DUI roadside investigations and DUI court testimony)
- Command Spanish® (necessary for officer safety, communication and stress reduction)
- Building Search and Special Weapons
- OC (pepper) Spray certification
- TASER certification (a “stun-gun” type defensive weapon)
- Colorado Criminal Code
- Clandestine (Methamphetamine) Lab Processing / Safety (booby traps) certification
- Career Management with an actual agency staffed mock Oral
- Board to prepare students for job interviews and promotions
Applicants must be 21 years old and possess a high school diploma or a GED.
Students must undergo background checks to document they do not have any felony, section 24-31-305, C.R.S. convictions without a POST variance, domestic violence convictions, including on-going or open charges and no violations of the Child Support Enforcement Act.
Students must have a valid driver's license with a driving record free of drug and driving revocations.
Students are required to posses a valid Colorado Driver’s License prior to completion.
All registrants must be law enforcement career oriented. Registration is open to peace officers seeking certification, recertification, reserve officers seeking certification training and individuals in law enforcement careers needing supplemental training. OJC insurance doesn’t allow students to “sit-in” or “audit” a class without registration.