Youth Academy


Focusing on leadership development through team exercises and individual achievement, Colorado State Patrol’s Youth Academy functions to foster a positive educational experience for Colorado’s young leaders. As participants, Cadets will become familiar with the basic elements of the Colorado State Patrol Training Academy through a demanding daily training schedule. The Colorado State Patrol Youth Academy is mentally and physically demanding, and will challenge all participants. 

2022 CSP Youth Academy applications are accepted through Thursday, June 30 at 5 p.m. The Academy takes place August 25 -28, 2022.

Apply Now for the 2022 CSP Youth Academy

How Much Does It Cost?

Colorado State Patrol's Youth Academy is provided at no cost to participants. The Academy is made possible through partnerships with local community-minded businesses, organizations, and the Colorado State Patrol.

Training Includes

  • Team Building and Leadership
  • Ethics in Law Enforcement
  • Defensive Driving
  • Firearm Safety and Familiarization
  • Police Communications Procedures
  • History and Philosophy of CSP
  • Crime Scene Investigation
  • Building Searches
  • Traffic Stops
  • Self Defense

Applicant Requirements

  • Be at least 16 years of age and enrolled in high school, or graduated high school during the past academic year.
  • Complete a 500-750 word essay
  • Be a Colorado resident
  • Possess a valid Colorado driver's license or permit (permit holder will be required to provide driving experience log)
  • Show proof of current Medical Insurance
  • Have Doctor Certification of Ability to Participate (Sports Physical Completed in calendar year)
  • Agree to a Criminal and Driver History Check
  • Present two (2) letters of recommendation
  • Complete an application and interview
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“After attending the academy I knew the importance of staying focused and not giving in to peer pressure. This was probably the most valuable lesson I learned. I was anxious to start my law enforcement career. As soon as I turned twenty-one an opening came up at the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, and I soon became a Deputy. I spent the next three years as a Deputy, but I always remembered back to my experiences from the youth academy. I noticed how law enforcement agencies respected the State Patrol’s professionalism, and the importance they played in traffic safety. At that point I knew I needed to become a State Trooper.”
Trooper Cory Vanzant

If you meet the above requirements, complete the Colorado State Patrol Youth Academy Application. All applications and required documents for the Youth Academy must be uploaded through the Google Application Form, with an essay, two letters of recommendation, a copy of most recent report card, and a copy of a valid CO driver's license. Applications received after the date will not be considered for the upcoming Youth Academy.



For more information contact:
Captain Jared Rapp

Youth Academy