Mandatory DNA Training FAQs
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 P.O.S.T. 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 section 16-2.5-101, C.R.S., who are certified by the P.O.S.T. board pursuant to this part 3 prior to August 1, 2009.
(2) The P.O.S.T. 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.
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 a date when the DNA training must be completed. Check with your agency to see if they have set a completion date and follow those guidelines.
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 is granting 8 hours of training credit for successful completion of the on-line DNA training course.
CRS does identify the areas of DNA training to be conducted (see statute above.)
POST is offering an on-line DNA course:
Meets statutory requirements.
Free to participants until June 30, 2011.
POST Identification (PID) number required for on-line registration.
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.
There are 5 modules. Upon successful completion of ALL modules the student can print out a certificate of 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. Plan on 4-6 hours. Regardless of how long it takes to complete, the student will receive 8 hours of POST continuing education credit.
POST compiles reports from the on-line registration. Do not notify POST when you have completed the course or send us your certificate. It will automatically be entered into your training record.
Agencies can receive reports detailing who in their agency has/has not completed the course.
POST DNA Contact:
Lori Jencks, Admin Asst.
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:
POST Training Contact:
Stefanie Mackey Grant & Training Coordinator