Mandatory DNA Training Course Information
Required for all Colorado certified peace officers per CRS 24-31-311 (1).
24-31-311. DNA evidence - collection - retention
(1) The training provided for peace officers shall include proper collection and retention techniques, practices, and protocols for evidence that may contain biological or DNA evidence. On or before August 1, 2009, the POST board shall certify the curriculum for the training. After August 1, 2009, the training shall be provided to persons who enroll in a training academy for basic peace officer training and to all peace officers described in section16-2.5-101, C.R.S., who are certified by the POST board pursuant to this part 3 prior to August 1, 2009.
(2) The POST board may develop a specialized certification program that concentrates on the proper techniques, practices, and protocols for evidence collection with emphasis on evidence that may contain biological or DNA evidence.
Source: L. 2008: Entire section added, p. 848, § 4, effective May 14.
Cross references: For the legislative declaration contained in the 2008 act enacting this section, see section 1 of chapter 223, Session Laws of Colorado 2008.
Officers who completed a Basic Academy that began after March 1, 2009 and received this training in the academy meet statutory requirements.
CRS does not specify the number of hours of training required. POST Basic Academy regulations require 10 hours of training in Identification and Collection of Evidence, which includes DNA related training in the Basic Academy. POST grants 1 hour of training credit for successful completion of the online DNA 1 Course. A POST Identification (PID) number required for on-line registration. This course meets statutory requirements. (If you need your PID number, please call POST at 720-508-6721.)
There is no time limit for completing the course. You may stop at any time while taking the course. When you return, you can begin again where you left off. You will not be required to start over. If you do stop mid-course, please make note of the user name with which you registered. If you register again with a different user name, you may not receive credit for the course.
Upon successful completion of ALL modules the student can print out a certificate of completion. The training is automatically entered into the student's approval upon completion.
The length of time it takes to complete all of the modules is based on the student’s comfort and experience level with on-line training programs and previous knowledge of the subject matter. The student will receive 1 hour of credit, regardless of the time needed to complete the course.
Agencies can receive reports detailing who in their agency has/has not completed the course.
Agencies are under no obligation to use the POST on-line DNA course. Agencies may obtain, or conduct, their own in-house DNA course that meets the requirements of CRS. The POST Manual outlines learning goals and outcomes for Basic Academy coursework regarding DNA. This may be a resource for your course development: Section C, VII - Investigative Procedures, Paragraph D – Identification and Collection of Evidence. If an agency chooses to do this please follow the guidelines for POST course approval and work with In-Service Training Manager Bob Baker.