Requirements for Police Officers differ from State to State. Officers in Colorado are required to be P.O.S.T. Certified, meeting the standards of training set by the State of Colorado. The Peace Officer Standards and Training Academy prepares someone to be hired by a law enforcement agency but their training continues once hired by the agency they will work for.
In the City of Rifle, a new Officer will enter an intensive 16 week Field Training Program. This program teaches the Officer geographical layout of the city, Rifle Municipal Codes, Rifle Police Department policy and procedures and reinforces the skills learned in an academy. At the conclusion of the 16 weeks, an Officer in training must show proficiency in all categories before being released on their own.
Officers also typically attend several various training courses every year, some to maintain proficiency and others to learn new skills.