State Patrol Cadet

Statewide, CO
Colorado State Patrol


This position serves in a training and learning capacity, receiving instruction on basic law enforcement services in accordance with the mission, goals and objectives of the Colorado State Patrol and in compliance with governing federal and state laws. The position will learn and demonstrate the ability to exercise extensive independent judgment in making decisions, that may include taking immediate actions with limited opportunity to consider various alternatives. Cadets must successfully complete all academy courses, including academic classes, physical training, vehicle operations, weapon qualification(s) and use of force to move to the classification of Trooper, within the prescribed training period.

This position will work under the direction of the Major and Commander of the State Patrol Academy and the qualified/uniformed & civilian/certified training staff. A State Patrol Cadet trains to become a fully functional State Trooper to patrol highways ensuring public safety by enforcing all state and federal laws pertaining to the traffic network. A cadet will also train to analyze trends and statistics in order to determine the appropriate enforcement process to be used in accomplishing task goals.

A Colorado State Patrol Cadet attends the prescribed training 23-week academy and must successfully complete every course. This announcement will be filling the Academy classes starting in June 2024 and August 2024.

A new cadet will immediately commence to the duties & demonstrate responsibility for his/her conduct, as being part of a safe and positive work environment, for sustaining moderate fitness levels, and as a student while in various environments (i.e., classroom, firearms training, fitness, driving track, outdoor training).

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Arrest Authority Training
The Cadet position receives instruction in the interpretation and application of laws and statues of the State of Colorado, laws of arrest, rights of citizens, basic criminal investigation processes and techniques including law enforcement ethics, witness interviews and collection of evidence.

Communication Training
The Cadet position receives instruction on the interpretation and application of the agency’s key polices, positions and strategies while interpreting and applying policy and procedures to the public in an operational capacity. Cadets receive instruction on the interpretation of the philosophies and programs implemented by the agency, on effective report writing and effective speaking. The Cadet position also receives instruction on serving as a witness in court testimony and providing accurate, complete and truthful statements.

Emergency Response Training
The Cadet position receives instruction to perform independently and to recognize immediate problems. A Cadet must make responsible decisions and take the appropriate corrective action without the benefit of close supervision. Training will include participation in simulated instruction in situations that are often stressful or dangerous in nature. The Cadet position receives instruction and interpretation in collection of evidence, participates in firearms training and physical methods of arrest training, participates in emergency vehicle operations training to include pursuit, defensive driving and emergency driving. The Cadet position receives instruction in enforcement psychology, enforcement tactics, and crowd control tactics, recognizing and respecting the complexities of cultural diversity, radio communications, and basic medical response techniques. The Cadet position also participates in a physical training program.

Technical Expertise/Training
The Cadet position receives instruction in necessary technical expertise to include but not limited to: use of patrol vehicles, firearms, use of force, arrest control, physical fitness, use of assigned equipment, crash investigations, officer safety skills, decision making skills, and current technology. Instruction is provided on how and when to effectively use lethal and less lethal weapons, arrest control tactics and tools.

Cadets must attend all assigned training and acquire all required certifications prescribed by agency written directives and Colorado Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) standards.

Upon graduation from the academy, Cadets become Troopers with a pay rate of $7,569 monthly.

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