Colorado State Patrol Opens 2022 Youth Academy Applications

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(COLO.) – Calling all Colorado high school youth!  Are you a leader amongst your peers or do you feel a calling to lead others?  Have you ever considered a career in law enforcement or wondered what it’s like to become a Colorado State Trooper?

If you answered yes to any of those questions, you’re in luck.  This August, the Colorado State Patrol is hosting its 2022 Youth Academy. This will include two online learning modules and then participants will come to the Training Academy in Golden, CO, for in-person learning from August 25-28, 2022.  We are so excited to have the Youth Academy return to campus!

“Whether you are from rural Colorado or in a metropolitan area, we welcome students age 16 or older to get to know us by training with us,” stated Col. Matthew C. Packard, Chief of the Colorado State Patrol. “These students develop an insider perspective that most residents of our State will never know. And, by investing in the future leaders of this State, we end up learning just as much from them as they learn from us.”

Cadets in the Youth Academy will focus on leadership development through team exercises and individual achievements via training in defensive driving, firearm safety and familiarization, ethics in law enforcement, self-defense, crime scene investigation, and more.  The Youth Academy is only run once a year and it is FREE.

Starting today through May 30, 2022, the Youth Academy is accepting applications.  To find out more information on the requirements and what you will learn, visit the Community Outreach section of this website and select "Youth Academy." 

Apply and experience the life of a Trooper.  Walk away with valuable skills and lessons no matter what career you pursue.  After all, the Colorado State Patrol has been investing in the quality of human life since 1935. 


Since our origin in 1935, the Colorado State Patrol (CSP) has focused on preserving human life and protecting property within our communities. Our 1,100 members embody the core values of Honor, Duty, and Respect in their daily jobs.  In addition to our expertise in motor vehicle safety on the state’s roadways, the CSP is responsible for the Governor and other dignitaries’ protection, commercial motor vehicle enforcement, hazardous materials, homeland security, communications, investigative services, criminal interdiction, community education, aviation operations, and more.