The Arizona Department of Corrections (ADC) Correctional Officer Training Academy (COTA) is located on 40 acres in the western foothills of Tucson, Arizona, west of Interstate 10. Visitors and students can reach the Academy using the I-10 exits at Speedway, Grant or Camino Del Cerro/Ruthrauff. Please connect to the COTA Location link above for directions. COTA provides all pre-service training for ADC Correctional Officers and detention officers from many county, tribal and municipal correctional facilities and serves as a state-wide training facility for in-service training including Tactical Support Unit training, Leadership Education and Development Program, Caseworker Academy, Sergeant's Leadership Academy, Canine Academy and other special programs.
COTA is a vital resource at the local, state and national level for the law enforcement and private community, providing classroom and meeting space, as well as lodging. COTA hosts a nine week canine academy at times throughout the year. ADC canine training experts train dual purpose canines (drug detection and handler protection) and Officer Canine Handlers for law enforcement agencies from all over Arizona.