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Peace Officers Academy                            

A Message from the Director

Spring 2014 Academy

  • The 15-week Spring Academy begins on Monday, January 06, 2014
  • Cadets will graduate on Friday, April 25, 2014

The Western Colorado Peace Officers Academy (WCPOA) is a State of Colorado Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) certified academy. Our academy prepares the student to pass all the required state examinations to become a Certified Colorado Peace Officer. This certification allows the graduate to work for a law enforcement agency anywhere in the state of Colorado.

Upon completion of this rigorous one semester program, the graduate is awarded 37 college credits. Students may combine those credits with other Colorado Mesa University curriculum to earn an Associates of Applied Science degree in Criminal Justice or a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice with a Law Enforcement Emphasis.

The WCPOA prepares individuals for careers as police officers, deputy sheriffs, parole officers, corrections officers, wildlife managers, probations officers, as well as careers in Federal and State of Colorado law enforcement agencies. One of Colorado's best academies, it was jointly founded by the Grand Junction Police Department, the Mesa County Sheriff's Office and the 21st Judicial District Attorney's Office. Each academy has up to 90 different instructors.


Spring 2011 POST Academy Program Strengths

  • Fifteen-week certificate program
  • Graduates are Certified Colorado Peace Officers eligible for hire anywhere in Colorado after passing POST exam
  • Academy graduates earn 37 college credits
  • This is the only academy in Colorado that articulates to AAS degree in Criminal Justice, BA concentration in Law Enforcement, and BAS in Public Safety/Public Administration
  • Exceeds the requirements set by Colorado Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST)
  • Utilizes adult learning models emphasizing real-world policing scenarios


Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Approved


WCPOA Dates and Deadlines


Contact Information

John Piatanesi , Academy Director

Spring 2014 POST Academy schedule

Refresher Academy

For out-of-state peace officers or expired Colorado peace officers

Sample Refresher Academy Schedule

Refresher Academy Contact Information

Dr. John Reece , Associate Professor of Criminal Justice


Link to Public Safety Diving information

Emphasis/Degree Options

Associate of Applied Science
Criminal Justice
Program Sheet
(37 credit hours earned)

Peace Officer Standards and Training
Program Sheet

B.A. Criminal Justice

Concentration in Law Enforcement

Program Sheet

B.A.S. Public Safety / Public Administration

Program Sheet

Career Options

Police and sheriff departments
State enforcement
Parole officer
Liquor enforcement
Wildlife enforcement

Gainful Employment

Criminal Justice (POST)- 43.0107


POST Academy Application

Refresher Academy ApplicationPacket

Sample Refresher Academy Schedule

Laws Effecting Certification

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