Training Section

General Information

“To prepare El Paso County Deputies for exemplary service to the community through a comprehensive, integrated, multi-disciplinary, and well coordinated program of education and training.”

The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office Training Section strives to prepare deputies for service to the community through a comprehensive, cooperative, efficient and effective training program.  This is accomplished using modern training methods, technology, equipment and sites.  We operate a Colorado P.O.S.T. approved Basic Law Enforcement Academy and Reserve Academy, as well as providing annual in-service training to deputies and civilian personnel.  These programs plus the additional advanced, specialized, and hosted training that the section has oversight of, equates to an annual average commitment of 60,000 man hours of training.

We continually update and revise our existing academy courses and proactively add new in-service courses annually in response to current law enforcement training issues.  New hires are provided over 700 hours of training in their Colorado P.O.S.T. approved Basic Academy.  To ensure that our academy is one of the best in the state, and to enhance the law enforcement experience for attendees of all Colorado academies, we stay connected through membership on the P.O.S.T. Subject Matter Expert Committees (Curriculum, Driving, Firearms, and Arrest Control).  In fact, two of the committee chairs are from our Office.

2013 was a historical year as the Sheriff’s Office hired and trained 120 new deputies and a number of civilian support positions.  Three Basic Academies were started between January and September, with the third graduating in early 2014.  Such hiring and training takes a lot of coordination, but will bring long-awaited staffing relief to the Detention and Law Enforcement Bureaus.

For more information please contact a member of the Training Section Staff.