Welcome to the CODE 303 Douglas County Emergency Vehicle Operation Training Center, owned by Douglas County and managed by the Highlands Ranch Law Enforcement Training Foundation (HRLETF). The facility opened in July 2017 and sits on 80 acres. It features a 1.6-mile training roadway; a 9.2-acre large asphalt skills pad training area, and a smaller 1.8-acre asphalt skills pad. An emergency-vehicle 4×4 and ATV/UTV training area is also planned. In partnership with the Colorado Dept. of Transportation, CODE 303 is also home to Colorado’s very first TIM training track (Traffic Incident Management), which opened in April 2018.
CODE 303 is a public-safety driver training facility—it is not designed or intended for extreme driving or racing. With Mt. Evans set in the background, and at 5900 feet above sea level, it offers a great place to teach advanced decision making; safe pursuit driving and pursuit termination; communication while driving; low speed technical driving skills; day and night driving; inclement weather skills; vehicle dynamics and limitations; law enforcement motorcycle certifications; crash investigation training; the most recent approaches to traffic incident management (TIMS); and local teen and senior driver safety program(s).
Vision: Serve as one of the nation’s premier and leading-edge public safety training facilities, while creating a safer environment for Douglas County and State of Colorado residents in a self-sustaining and cost-effective manner.
Mission: Improve the safety of the public through advanced practical training of emergency responders and support community partners who provide related safety-oriented services.