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(GOLDEN, COLO) For the first time since 2017, the Colorado State Patrol is opening its doors for a 14-week Lateral Academy, open only to current law enforcement professionals in Colorado with active Colorado Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) certification (this position is required to be certified under Level 1 Peace Officers in Colorado as defined by CRS Section 16-2.5-101). Applications are open from Monday, Oct. 17 - Sunday, Nov. 13 with an anticipated Academy launch in Spring, 2023.

This Lateral Academy is an opportunity for anyone interested in expanding their law enforcement experience and joining the Colorado State Patrol family, which is committed to ensuring a safe and secure environment for every person in Colorado while upholding its core values of Honor, Duty and Respect.

“We are actively looking for experienced law enforcement professionals from communities large and small across the state that are seeking a change in their calling to save and protect lives,” said Col. Matthew C. Packard, chief of the Colorado State Patrol. “We recognize the benefit of experience that this Lateral Class will bring to our agency and the added value of new perspectives.”

Along with other requirements, applicants must be at least 21 years of age at the start of the Academy and have at least three years of full-time equivalent, paid, in good standing "patrol officer" experience within the last five years.

For more information regarding requirements for the upcoming Lateral Academy, visit To apply, visit


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.