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 three times each year. The POST Refresher Academy is an 11 week program that meets 16 hours a week on evenings and weekends.

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

Individuals who have completed a POST program but need a refresher in basic law or skills may take the 180-hour POST Refresher Academy.

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$29,167.00$47,962.00
Detectives and Criminal Investigators$50,060.00$83,241.00
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers$40,768.00$56,329.00
Security Guards$21,926.00$39,244.00
Sheriffs and Deputy Sheriffs$40,768.00$56,329.00
Western Colorado Data from Colorado Department of Labor and Employment Occupational Employment Statistics Survey 2013.

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Certificates Available

Law Enforcement Academy

  • Total Certificate Credits: 36
  • *Estimated Cost: $5,806
  • Estimated Time to Complete: 15 Weeks
Course #Course Title / DescriptionCredits
CRJ101ABasic Police Academy I6
CRJ102ABasic Police Academy II12
CRJ105ABasic Law8
CRJ106AArrest Control Techniques3
CRJ107ALaw Enforcement Driving3
CRJ108AFirearms3
PED110AFitness 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.