Colorado Springs lies within the Southern Region of the Colorado Department of Corrections Division of Adult Parole. Parole officer jobs in this part of the state are found within any of the Adult Parole Field Offices in Colorado’s Southern Region, which includes:
- Grand Canyon University - B.S. in Justice Studies and M.S. in Criminal Justice
- SNHU - A.S. in Criminal Justice, B.S. in Criminal Justice - Corrections, and M.S. in Criminal Justice
- Strayer University - Bachelors of Science Degree in Criminal Justice
- Two field offices in Colorado Springs
- One field office in Pueblo (headquarters of the region)
- One field office in Canon City
- One field office in La Junta
- One field office in Alamosa
Because of the large size of Colorado, the Southern Region of adult parole covers a lot of territory. In Colorado Springs, Parole officer careers are found within any of the field offices in the Southern Region, which respectively cover the jurisdictions described here:
- The Colorado Springs/Sinton field office supervises parolees in Teller and El Paso Counties
- The Colorado Springs/West Colorado office supervises parolees in the western portion of the region
- The Pueblo office is responsible for parolees in Pueblo County
- The office in La Junta supervises parolees in Prowers, Otero, Lincoln, Las Animas, Kit Carson, Kiowa, Huerfano, Cheyenne, Bent and Baca Counties
- The Alamosa parole office is responsible for parolees in Saguache, Rio Grande, Mineral, Costilla, Conejos and Alamosa Counties
Education and Experience Necessary to Become a Parole Officer in Colorado Springs
Colorado Springs-based job candidates and those living in the Southern Region will find that a bachelor’s degree is the minimum qualification to become a parole officer. This degree should be in business, criminal justice, law enforcement, or one of the behavioral sciences. Alternatively, if a candidate has work experience in counseling, law enforcement or social work, this may be substituted for the education requirement.
Colorado Springs parole officer jobs will be listed on the COJobs website when available. Online applications are also submitted there. Qualified applicants may be contacted to proceed with an interview, oral examination, and background check.
Training for Parole Officers in Colorado Springs
To become a parole officer in Colorado Springs, it is necessary to complete POST certification training and receive the Colorado Peace Officer Standards Training certificate. Basic law enforcement classes, firearms usage, self-defense and first aid/CPR knowledge are just some of the courses taught in POST training. In order to start POST training, candidates must pass oral exams, physical tests, lie detector tests and other exams.
Once hired, Colorado Springs parole officers must complete approximately 20 days of basic training. This is held at the Colorado Department of Corrections Basic Training Academy in Canon City.
Colorado Springs parole officers are expected to fulfill the yearly continuing education requirement of 40 hours. Certification in CPR and qualification in firearms also must be maintained in order to maintain a parole officer career in Colorado Springs.