Continuing Education

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Continuing Education

The Colorado State Patrol Academy provides advanced and on-going training for its members.

  • Uniform Training
  • Assessment Centers for Promotions
  • Leadership & Supervision
  • Communication Officer Training
  • Civilian Training

Uniform Training

Uniform Training consists of both In-Service and advanced classes.

In-Service classes are provided each year for every uniformed member. Topics at In-Service are geared to provide Troopers with new information and tactics. For more information on In-Service, click here.




Advanced classes that are offered to Troopers include:

  • Level II Accident InvestigationLevel III
  • Accident Reconstruction
  • Level IV Computer Aided Accident Reconstruction
  • Range Officer
  • Driving Instructor
  • DTAC Instructor
  • Fitness and Nutrition
  • Introduction to Instruction
Troopers Walking in Form 


Leadership & Supervision Training


The Colorado State Patrol has a formalized process for training prospective Sergeants and Captains supervision and leadership.  The curriculum taught to candidates are: 

  • Leadership
  • Complaints
  • Critical Incidents
  • Balanced Scorecard Management
  • Human Resources
  • Performance Evaluations
  • Risk Management
  • Procurement and Contracts
  • Special Events
  • Strategic Advancement Plans
  • Budget
  • Corrective actions


Northwestern University has two courses Patrol members can take advantage of.  The “First Line Supervision”, a two-week course is generally offered to first line supervisors, (Sergeants). “Staff and Command”, a ten-week course is available to Captains.


Leadership within the Colorado State Patrol is simultaneously very rewarding and extremely challenging.  Those individuals that commit themselves to this path can look forward to a life of learning, a life of challenges that require earnest effort to solve, and the knowledge that they have made a significant difference in the organization and in the lives of those individuals within their command of responsibility.


Communication Officer Training


Communication Officer training is provided on a yearly basis for Communication Officers across the State. Typical classes that are offered at Communications Officer training are:

  • Ethics
  • Advanced Phone Techniques
  • Terrorist Threat Assessment
  • CPR and First Aid
  • Life Enrichment
  • Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD)


Civilian Training


Civilian training usually consists of classes that civilians will need to support the mission of the state patrol. Classes that are offered to civilians are:

  • Computer Software
  • Fitness and Nutrition
  • Budgeting


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