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Fort Collins Police Announces Inaugural Academy Graduation

Released on Friday, October 8, 2021
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  • Public Information Officer, Fort Collins Police Services, 970-818-8950,, Website:

Fort Collins Police Services is proud to announce the inaugural graduation for its first Police Academy.

Ten cadets will graduate during the ceremony, receive their badges, and get sworn in as officers. This commencement marks the end of a 21-week training program during which cadets learned, integrated, and successfully demonstrated the skills, mindset, and values required of police officers in Fort Collins. All cadets are now certified under Colorado P.O.S.T., or Peace Officer Standards of Training, as required by state law.

The graduation ceremony will begin at 1:30 p.m. MST on October 8, 2021 and will be viewable as a livestream at

"I'm extremely proud of the ten cadets graduating today. Despite the complex challenges of the last year and a half, their dedication to public safety prevailed and inspired them to pursue a career in this noble profession," said FCPS Chief Jeff Swoboda. "I also want to commend our Academy team, who worked for years to bring this program to life. Their work allows us to train our own officers from day one, instilling the values and standards that we expect of all who serve our community."

Following Police Academy training and certification, all new officers must successfully complete an intensive Field Training program. This months-long program is an intensive and progressive training method which pairs new and experienced officers to support, observe, and evaluate trainees before they're assigned to Patrol on their own.