Community Police Academy

Community Police Academy participants engaging in a tabletop fingerprinting exercise
Estes Park School Resource Officer presenting at podium with screen

Go behind the scene with the Community Police Academy

Anyone who has ever wondered what it’s like behind the scenes at the Estes Park Police Department can find out by attending the 2024 Community Police Academy. This informative series of classes, sponsored by the Town’s Police Department and offered free of charge, will run Feb. 5 – March 7. Sessions take place Monday and Thursday nights from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Town Hall Board Room, 170 MacGregor Ave. The class size is limited to 30 people. Complete the application online, access the PDF application or pick up a print copy of the application at the front desk of the Police Department at Town Hall. Applications must be received by Friday, Jan. 19, 2024, and should be returned to Captain Rick Life at the Estes Park Police Department or via email at rlife@estes.org. Applicants will be required to pass a limited background check prior to acceptance.

The Community Police Academy familiarizes participants with everything from constitutional law to crime scene investigation. The classes include topics that are common among law enforcement agencies, as well as issues that are unique to Estes Park. Following graduation many academy graduates choose to continue involvement with the Police Department through its volunteer programs, however, a commitment to future volunteering is not required.

The Community  Police Academy, established in 1997, was developed to enhance the partnership between community members and the Estes Park Police Department. The Academy is ideal for individuals interested in the day-to-day functions of police work. For additional information, contact Captain Rick Life at 970-577-3872 or rlife@estes.org.


The Estes Park Police Auxiliary seek individuals to fill vacancies. Auxiliary Police serve as volunteer "eyes and ears," performing a variety of tasks, including vehicle and pedestrian traffic control, investigations, fingerprinting, and administrative services. Candidates must complete the Community Police Academy and 20 hours of Police Auxiliary training. For more information about Estes Park Police Auxiliary, contact Captain Rick Life at 970-577-3872 or rlife@estes.org, or visit the Auxiliary webpage.