Peace Officers Academy
Fall 2013 Academy
- The 16-week Fall Academy begins on Monday, August 19, 2013
- Cadets will graduate on Wed, December 4, 2013
The Western Colorado Peace Officers Academy (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.
The WCPOA is one of Colorado's best academies
Why? Our Academy 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!
- Sixteen-week certificate program
- Graduates are Certified Colorado Peace Officers eligible for hire anywhere in Colorado
- Academy graduates earn 37 college credits
- This is the only academy in Colorado that articulates to A. A. S. degree in Criminal Justice, B.A. concentration in Law Enforcement, and B.A.S in Public Safety/Public Administration
The WCPOA exceeds the requirements set by Colorado Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST)
In addition to rigorous classroom education, we use adult learning models emphasizing real-world policing scenarios. You practice what you learn!
Bill Gardner , Academy Director
For out-of-state peace officers or expired Colorado peace officers
2013 Refresher Academy June 3 - June 15, 2013
(Please see Refresher application packet below/right under WCPOA FORMS )
The Western Colorado Peace Officers Academy (WCPOA) will be holding a Refresher Academy from June 3rd to June 15th, 2013. Our class size is limited to 20 students. The price is $1800 with housing or $1500 without housing. This price includes all instruction, facilities, manuals, ammunition, use of academy handguns, duty gear, two academy t-shirts, and the P.O.S.T. exam fee. Students will need to obtain the most current edition of the Colorado Peace Officer’s Handbook, which is available at the Colorado Mesa University bookstore (970-248-1422) or online. Training includes all of the required P.O.S.T courses of Driving, Firearms, and Arrest Control Techniques.
Refresher Academy Contact Information
Dr. John Reece , Associate Professor of Criminal Justice
Link to Public Safety Diving information
Associate of Applied Science
(37 credit hours earned)
Peace Officer Standards and Training
B.A. Criminal Justice
Concentration in Law Enforcement
B.A.S. Public Safety / Public Administration
Police and sheriff departments