Gorsich Advanced Technology Center
33057 Hwy. 160
Mancos, CO 81328
701 Camino del Rio
Durango, CO 81301
970-247-2929 Ext. 7215
Graduates from the Academy have gained employment with Law Enforcement Agencies throughout the state of Colorado. We have recruitment officers that come to the Academy and personally talk to our students; we have even been recruited from New Mexico!
Program Start Term: Fall & Spring
Award: AAS, Certificate
Average Class Size: 15-20 (Pueblo) 10-12 (Mancos)
Program Length: 18 Weeks (Full-Time) 36 Weeks (Part-Time)
Part-Time or Full-Time: Both
Course Availability: Day & Evening Classes
Program Locations: Pueblo, Mancos
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Career Information Successful students can work in the field of law enforcement. This means any local, state or federal department. They can also work in the field of detentions, probation, parole, wildlife laws enforcement, gaming, and parks.
What Will I Learn Training includes but is not limited to Criminal Process, Judicial Process, Colorado Criminal Code, Patrol and Investigation techniques, Firearms, Driving and Arrest Control. Students also are exposed to scenario based training where they apply what they have learned to specific scenarios. Upon completion of the program, students will have the basic foundation of knowledge to successfully complete the statewide POST exam.
POST curriculum requires 540 hours of specified training. Our academy offers 660-672 hours with most of the extra hours dedicated to providing officer safety and high liability skills such as firearms, driving and arrest control. In order to pass the academy, students must maintain a score of 75% on all tests; 90% is the goal for all of our academy students. Local departments want to hire our graduates because the standards are higher. In addition, the higher standard means that the students are more successful when taking the statewide test.
Our Experienced Faculty The Pueblo Law Enforcement Academy includes 40 instructors that are active/retired Sheriff Deputies from Pueblo County Sheriff Department, active/retired Police Officers from the Pueblo Police Department and active/retired Deputy District Attorneys from the District Attorney’s Office Currently, instructors range in rank from street/road officers to command staff from the SO and PD, retired District Attorney and retired Judge. All lead skills instructors meet or exceed POST requirements for instruction in their skills area. Instructors’ experience ranges from a minimum of five years to forty five years in the field.
The Southwest Regional Law Enforcement Academy staff includes 18 instructors that are active police officers representing nine local agencies in the southwest region of Colorado. Currently, instructors range in rank from street officers to chiefs of police. All lead skills instructors meet or exceed POST requirements for instruction in their skills area. Instructors' experience ranges from a minimum of three years to thirty five years in the field.
Our Cutting Edge FacilitiesPueblo Law Enforcement Academy - Pueblo, COAll POST academies are required to provide the same curriculum and training throughout the state. We feel here at Pueblo Law Enforcement Academy the leadership of our academy and the knowledge and experience of our instructional staff puts us a step ahead of the other academies.
Southwest Colorado Community College - Mancos, CO Recent relocation to the SCCC-West Campus allows the academy to be housed in a building designated for use by law enforcement. In the near future, the Colorado State Patrol will occupy an office within the building, allowing students direct exposure to police officers. In addition, plans are in the works to renovate the old radio station building on campus into a simulation lab that will be utilized by the LEA and EMS programs.
THC (marijuana) is part of the required 10-panel drug screen prior to admittance into any Health Professions or Public Safety program at PCC. The passage of Amendment 64 in the State of Colorado, does not overrule Federal law, which states this is still an illegal substance. Students testing positive for THC (marijuana) will not be allowed entrance or re-entrance into a Health or Public Safety program.
The Law Enforcement Academy at PCC and SCCC is aimed toward individuals that are interested in becoming a certified Peace Officer in the state of Colorado. The program is also beneficial to individuals pursuing an occupation in the field of criminal justice.