Youth Academy Experiences
Since I was in the sixth grade I have wanted to be a Colorado State Trooper. My school resource officer told me about the youth academy and encouraged me to look into the opportunity. I attended the academy right after I graduated from high school. This opened my eyes in a way I can’t explain. The excitement the instructors had in teaching the academy brought out enthusiasm in us all. I especially enjoyed the driving, arrest control, and shooting aspects. As a teenager, who wouldn’t love this? Staying in the dorms gave me the perspective of what it is like to actually stay on campus and attend training. I never knew how important it was to make your bed the “correct” way, not the way I made it at home. I made several friends that week. We all shared the same passion for law enforcement.
After attending the academy I knew the importance of staying focused and not giving into peer pressure. This was probably the most valuable lesson I learned. I was anxious to start my law enforcement career. As soon as I turned twenty-one an opening came up at the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, and I soon became a Deputy. I spent the next three years as a Deputy, but I always remembered back to my experiences from the youth academy. I noticed how law enforcement agencies respected the State Patrol’s professionalism, and the importance they played in traffic safety. At that point I knew I needed to become a State Trooper.
Trooper Cory Vanzant
The time at the Youth Academy made me a better person in many ways. The Youth Academy was a great experience. It gives a small look into a life of a Trooper. It showed me the difference between a local, county and state Law Enforcement Agencies. The physical training that is done is what should be expected from any law enforcement officer. The driving was great because it gave a small look on how law enforcement drive, and also more experience for just regular driving from day to day. The fire arm safety part of the Youth Academy was great because you can learn about how to handle, and fire the hand gun and shot guns properly. I am glad that I got the chance to go through the Youth Academy and now being employed by one of the best Law Enforcement Agencies in the nation.
Trooper Mark Hanson
Marc Russell - Platte County Sheriff's Office
You probably don't remember me, but my name is Marc Russell. I attended the CSP Youth Academy in 2003. I'm taking a stab in the dark to see if this is your email address. Just wanted to let you know how appreciative I am of you, my squad leader, and the rest of the folks who participated in helping out with the Youth Academy. I'm now in law enforcement, and I would attribute that to the CSP Youth Academy.
I have been a Deputy with the Platte County Sheriff's Office in Wheatland, Wyoming for the past 4 years.
Going into high school I knew I wanted to go into the military. My sophomore year one of my teachers, whose husband works for the Colorado State Patrol, brought the Youth Academy to my attention. I put in my application and was accepted to go in 2005.
While at the Youth Academy I learned how to shoot, drive, and what the average day in the life of a State Patrol Cadet looks like. The whole experience was fun and life changing. When I learned the Patrol puts the Cadets through schooling to get their post certification I changed my mind from military to law enforcement. It became my new goal to become a Colorado State Trooper.
After turning 21 I put my application in a few times and had to drop out of the process. In the summer of 2013 I resubmitted my application. I started with the Patrol March 9, 2014. Although there were difficult times, I pushed through and graduated from the Academy in September of 2014.
I have enjoyed working for the Patrol from the very beginning. When I think back on the Youth Academy I realize I would not have the Career I love and enjoy had I not gone. I am forever grateful to the teacher who suggested I go and to the staff who worked the Youth Academy in 2005.
Trooper E. Bodine