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Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Phone: 719-444-7000 (General)
Contact: Office of the Chief
Email: chiefoff@ci.colosp. . .
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City of Colorado Springs / Police / Work For CSPD / Police Employment / Alternative Education Program

Alternative Education Program

Education Options

Option #1 – 60 college credits or an associate degree.

Option #2 – 30 college credits plus:

  • Candidates should have completed 30 college semester hours by date of application. If candidate is currently attending college and can provide proof that the completion of the 30 semester hours will be completed prior to final offer delivery date, an exception may be made. Please note that if the 30 semester hours are not completed by date of final offer delivery, a final job offer cannot be made. We will accept college credits from any college or university, as long as those schools are nationally or regionally accredited.
  • Once Candidates are selected for hire and notified by us, they shall be required to register and enroll with an affiliated college (as listed below) to obtain an additional 30 credits for successful completion of the Colorado Springs Police Academy.
  • Candidate shall enter into a signed agreement with the Colorado Springs Police Department supporting the education requirement.
  • Candidate shall provide the required transcripts showing proof of thirty (30) credits, sign a memorandum of agreement, and provide proof of enrollment at the time a final offer of employment is issued. Failure to provide and sign these documents shall result in disqualification from the process.
  • All questions related to the educational option shall be directed to the specific school chosen by the candidate and not to employees of the Colorado Springs Police Department
  • Military experience or training does not substitute our minimum education requirement.



Brandon Pagani, Learning Solutions Manager

Colorado State University-Global Campus

7800 East Orchard Road, Suite 200

Greenwood Village, Colorado 80111

Cell Phone: (720) 415-2947

Fax: (303) 770-4182

Email :



Dr. Michael A. Verro

Program Director, Criminal Justice

Excelsior College

7 Columbia Circle

Albany, NY  12203