Criminal Justice Professions

The Criminal Justice program is designed to prepare students for a career in Law Enforcement. The Law Enforcement Academy provides training for students interested in becoming patrol officers. Our program meets the basic training requirements set by the state of Colorado as a prerequisite for taking the test to become Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) Certified. This is a 16 week program with new classes starting twice a year.

Through a cooperative program with Colorado Mesa University, our Law Enforcement courses will transfer into the A.A.S. in Criminal Justice at CMU.

A successful career in criminal justice requires an individual to meet rigorous physical and personal qualifications. Important personal characteristics include honesty, sound judgment, integrity, and a sense of responsibility.


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Training in criminal justice can help prepare individuals for a variety of related career opportunities, such as:

Employment Information

OccupationEntry WagesExperienced Wages
Correctional Officers and Jailers$29,653.00$49,139.00
Detectives and Criminal Investigators$52,020.00$88,169.00
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers$43,977.00$52,973.00
Security Guards$21,440.00$34,662.00
Sheriffs and Deputy Sheriffs$40,768.00$56,329.00
Western Colorado Data from Colorado Department of Labor and Employment Occupational Employment Statistics Survey 2014.

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Certificates Available

Law Enforcement Academy

  • Total Certificate Credits: 36
  • *Estimated Cost: $6,359.50
  • Estimated Time to Complete: 16 Weeks
Course #Course Title / DescriptionCredits
CRJ101Basic Police Academy I6
CRJ102Basic Police Academy II12
CRJ105Basic Law8
CRJ106Arrest Control Techniques3
CRJ107Law Enforcement Driving3
PED110Fitness Center Activity I1

*Estimated costs include tuition, registration, and other fees. Most programs require the purchase of books and supplies which are not included in the costs. All prices are subject to change without notice.