About the Program

Do you feel strongly about the need to uphold and enforce laws? Do you think public safety and protecting individual rights should be a society’s highest priorities? If so, you share a core belief with the thousands of dedicated professionals who work in the criminal justice system. From police officers to juvenile court counselors to correctional administrators, there are a variety of opportunities in this field on the local, state, and national levels. A degree in Criminal Justice can lead to a career in law, policing, corrections, victim and offender rehabilitation, white collar crime, counterterrorism, emergency management, homeland security, cybercrime, private security, and forensics.

In an associate program in Criminal Justice, you will explore topics that include criminal law, psychology, forensics, and government. This degree is transferable to universities offering a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice.

Students should work closely with their advisor and contact their transfer institution choices for more specific transfer information.

Law Enforcement Certification Program – Full/Part Time Academy

The Law Enforcement Training Academy puts on both a full time and a part time academy. The full time academy is a one-semester, 40-credit hour, intensive peace officer certification program that provides you with the necessary skills and mindset to succeed in law enforcement. The Academy offers over 750 hours of classroom and hands-on training, including additional hours in investigations, communication, arrest control, firearms training, and law enforcement driving skills. The curriculum encompasses 200 hours above the 556 required training hours set by the Colorado Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Board.

Otero Law Enforcement Training Academy

Program Information

Courses Offered:
In Person & Online

Program Length:
4 Semesters

Award/Program Credits:

Knowledge & Skills
  • Law and legal knowledge
  • Ethics and integrity
  • Active listening and learning
  • Observation and investigation skills
  • Interpersonal communication
  • Critical thinking
  • Decision making
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