The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office Law Academy is a 21-week program designed to prepare graduates for a career as a certified law enforcement officer. The combined regional academy trains officers from more than 15 municipal, county and state agencies and is recognized as a leader in law enforcement instruction statewide.We invite our recruits to chronicle their adventures in the law enforcement training academy. Take a peek at the twenty week life of a recruit.
to the wonderful world of Law Enforcement! This experience brought to you by recruit
like to start by introducing myself and giving a little background information. I am a 9-year Army Veteran; a medic to be
specific. I have a Bachelor’s degree in
Psychology and am enrolled in the Master’s of Criminal Justice program at the
University of Colorado at Denver. Of course, I will be postponing my graduate
school studies whilst I attend the academy.
I first began the academy in January of 2013, completed the first two
weeks, and was called back to perform my duties as a soldier. I was graciously accepted back into the
program in July upon my separation from military service in May. That being said, I feel very lucky to be a
part of this program and a public servant trainee in general.
coming from a background of diverse military service (albeit my experience was
far from infantry), the first few days of the first week of the rest of my life
were incredible stressful. This academy
is built to accommodate a plethora of local agencies. There are representatives from Golden,
Lakewood, Arvada, Westminster, Littleton, Arapahoe County, Douglas County, and
Jefferson County (please forgive me if I have forgotten one). The lot of us (48) oriented to the academy
the Thursday before “week one” and the 24 of us chosen to represent Jefferson County
oriented to the jail that Friday. The
group dynamic was instantly one of camaraderie and acceptance. I used to say that I have never made friends
quicker and kept them longer than the ones I made in the Army. This seems to be the case for Law Enforcement
as well. We may not share the same or
even similar backgrounds, but we have a common goal that unites us and a core
set of values that we share.
first “real” academy day began on July 15th.
We were instantly thrown into lessons on drill and ceremony: how to
stand in formation, preparatory commands and commands of execution, etc….,
expectations on professionalism and bearing, academy rules and regulations, and
the wellness program at the academy. For
all the military personnel in the audience, wellness is equivalent to physical
fitness. Between the classroom education
blocks, we were given a “fit test.” I
don’t want to give too much away, but suffice it to say, we were all sore for
the next few days. Queue the military
cliché: pain is just weakness leaving the body.
of the week was dedicated to settling in (quickly), studying everything from
the U.S. Constitution and judicial process to ethics and leadership traits, and
more wellness training. Friday marked
the first of many milestones: our first test! I will save the reader any further concern and
tell you that all 48 of us passed. Three
of the recruits received perfect 100% scores.
week has been exciting, stressful, and worth it. I wake up each day thankful that I have been
chosen for this program and this profession.
end of week one these are my conclusions:
program is not for the weak minded or the lazy.
must pay attention in class and study incessantly.
other recruits are just as ready (and most likely just as competitive) as you
and they are your allies.
instructors are the best qualified for this job, very supportive, and put up
with little to no shenanigans. They can and should be trusted.
apparent that I have found like people to share these next few (21) weeks with
and I look forward to what lies in store.