Training and Accreditation Program
The Wheat Ridge Police Department’s Training and Accreditation Program is managed by a civilian coordinator who tracks the training program requirements and accreditation review process.
The Wheat Ridge Police Department provides mission critical and specialized training to officers, sworn and civilian staff in order to develop a department capable of responding in any given situation while serving the Wheat Ridge community.
Annually department members receive on average more than 15,000 training hours. Examples of this training include:
- POST training; driving, firearms, arrest control.
- Specialized training sponsored by the department: Ethics, Human Trafficking Facilitator, Crisis Intervention (CIT), Force Science, Patrol response to suicidal subjects, SWAT Command decision making and leadership and advanced critical engagement.
- Annual In-Service: body worn cameras, force-on-force, driving, de-escalation.
The annual in-service training program required by Colorado State Statute §24-31-303 (l) is mandatory for certified peace officers who are currently employed in positions requiring certified peace officers. (Defined in Colorado Revised Statutes section 16-2.5-102). This includes certified full-time, part-time and reserve peace officers. The in-service training program requires certified peace officers to complete a minimum of 24 hours of in-service training annually. Of the 24 hours, a minimum of 12 hours shall be perishable skills training (Arrest Control, Driving and Firearms) and consist of a minimum of 12 hours.
Additionally the in-service skills training provided includes an additional 40 hours with the following topics: Anti-Bias, Arrest Control, Driving Skills, Firearms, CPR/First Aid, Ethics, Law and Legal Updates, Community Policing, the Firearms Simulator, Use of Force, Mental Health Issues and Crises Recognition and Response, and Body Worn Camera use. Crisis Intervention Training is also provided for all officers with more than two years on the job as well as training in Procedural Justice.
In 2019, WRPD Officers received more than 4,030 hours of training in these and many other topics. We also review critical incidents by county during training and use of deadly force tests are performed annually.
The Wheat Ridge Police Department was awarded law enforcement’s most prestigious certification on July 29, 2017 when the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) honored the agency with Advanced Law Enforcement Accreditation.
The accreditation of the Wheat Ridge Police Department follows four years worth of work completed by police personnel to ensure the department’s standard operating procedures, policies, and actions are consistent with CALEA national standards.
CALEA was created in 1979 to strengthen crime prevention and control capabilities, improve law enforcement service delivery, and increase community and staff confidence in local police departments. The organization does this by maintaining a body of standards developed by public safety practitioners, covering a wide range of up-to-date public safety initiatives, and recognizing professional excellence.
In unanimously awarding accreditation to Wheat Ridge, CALEA officials cited well-defined policies and procedures, the community policing philosophy, and the strength of the department’s employees and their commitment to the community as outstanding attributes.
During the self-assessment phase of the accreditation process, the department reviewed all applicable CALEA standards and adjusted its own policies and procedures as necessary. In total, the department complied with 464 CALEA standards. A team of CALEA assessors visited Wheat Ridge to conduct an on-site assessment of all procedures and policies, and review regulation compliance.
The assessors also toured all Wheat Ridge law enforcement facilities, inspected equipment currently in use by the department, and accompanied officers who were patrolling the city to observe public interaction. In addition, WRPD hosted a public forum that was attended by the CALEA representatives, members of the community, and command level law enforcement personnel from throughout the Denver metro area.