The vision of the Erie Police Department is to be highly trained police professionals committed to the community.
Peace Officer Standard Training (P.O.S.T.)
Upon completing a law enforcement academy, officers test for a P.O.S.T. certification. For more information on the requirements, please visit the state of Colorado's P.O.S.T webpage at https://post.colorado.gov/.
Upon hire, Officers are required to achieve the following in-house mini-skills training and orientation (approximately four weeks) before beginning a 13-week Field Training Program:
Defensive Tactics/Arrest Control
Standardized Field Sobriety Testing
Search and Seizure
Taser, OC, Baton, Use of Force Simulator
The Training Sergeant documents and schedules training throughout the year.
Officers receive annual training on our low frequency/high liability Directives (Arrest Standards, Body Worn Cameras, Bomb Threats, Code of Conduct, Conducted Electrical Weapons (Tasers), Evidence/Property, Eye Witness ID Procedures, Less Lethal Impact Weapons, Rapid Emergency Deployment, Response to Civil Disobedience, Routine and Emergency Vehicle Operations and Use of Force). Erie Police Department often provides more training than once per year on these critical Directives.
Each year, officers receive at least 10 hours of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, De-escalation, Community Policing, and Anti-bias training.
Every other year, CPR and First Aid training is also required.
On average, Officers receive more than 100 hours of training each year.