Police Jobs in Colorado
Join the Force - Arvada Police Department
The Arvada Police Department is looking for people who are a breed apart from the typical applicant. We are currently accepting applications until July 20 for Certified/Lateral Police Officer and Police Recruit, for the Spring Academy starting in January 2019. If you have strong character and are looking for a challenging and rewarding career, the APD wants to hear from you. Live in and serve a nationally recognized City just outside of Denver and nestled near the Rocky Mountains.
Lateral Police Jobs
Earn Up To $6,935/month Plus Awesome Benefits
Earn Up To $4,647/month with Advancement Opportunities
Civilian Police Jobs / Non-Sworn
Administrative staff and others are essential to making sure APD is the best it can be.
At the APD, we are committed to respect for the law, our community, and one another. We are dedicated to service and professionalism. We are responsible for public safety and ethical conduct. And we will always strive for excellence. If you want to be a part of our diverse and inclusive team, and have a meaningful police career with awesome benefits you'll need to meet some basic requirements:
police job requirements
In order to apply for a police job, you must meet some basic requirements.
You Are A Citizen* Who is 21+ Years Old
*If you are not a citizen, I-9 documentation needs to be provided.
You have a bachelor's degree or higher.
There are no exceptions to this. If you're graduating soon, though, let us know!
You can pass a medical evaluation and background check
We aren't just looking for criminal histories, either. We want to know that you are mature, self-disciplined, and ready to take on a challenging career.
police job disqualifications
If you have any of the following, you are not eligible to work for the APD.
Drug or Alcohol Use
Pot use within the last year, DUI's in the past 5, prescription fraud, and other offenses.
Problematic Driving History
Reckless driving, habitual traffic offender status, and similar issues.
If you've been convicted of any felony, domestic violence, or any other qualifying misdemeanor.
Colorado is a beautiful state. As you explore your policing career in Colorado, imagine being located just minutes from the Rocky Mountains and the heart of Denver.
Top 20 City for New Home Owners Desert News, 2014
Yup, in the whole nation! From historic homes to modern development, we've got it all.
Best Place to Live in Denver Metro Denver Post, 2016
Don't take our word for it. The Denver Post ranked one of our neighborhoods the BEST in the whole metro.
A Rand McNally "Best Small Towns" Winner Year after Year Rand McNally, 2013-Present
From most beautiful to best for food, Arvada is always on the list.
Police Career Paths
Police Jobs are Diverse. Explore Your Career Options.
Filter by job category or click on any police career path to learn more about the job. Want to see them all? Check out police job descriptions.
Animal Control Officer
Animal Management protects public health and safety and animals from cruelty and neglect. If you're looking for a public safety career and have a passion for the well-being of animals, Animal Management is a career for you! As an Animal Control Officer, you would:
- Reunite lost pets with their guardians.
- Help animals get adopted.
- Rescue wild and domestic animals in need.
From turtles to dogs and ducks, you would get to learn about and care for a wide range of animals on the Front Range of Colorado. Learn more about the Animal Management Unit on Arvada.org.
As a Patrol Officer you are responsible for maintaining public order and safety and every day of your career would be unique. If you have strong character, love diversity in your work, and want to serve the community, a patrol career could be a great choice. Patrol Officers:
- Pursue and arrest criminals.
- Enforce the law (including state and local ordinances).
- Act as first responders.
- Patrol neighborhoods.
- ... and a lot more!
To find out more about the services patrol officers and others provide, check out Police Services on Arvada.org.
What's it Like?
"Being a patrol officer is not an easy job. It is stressful, it can be emotional and it is sometimes disturbing. But, we do it for that reason – because we are the ones who are meant to be stressed and are strong enough to do it which stops someone else from having to see and do those things." - Sergeant Avila
SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) Officer
The SWAT team gets called in when high-risk incidents happen. In Arvada, SWAT is regional – members of multiple law enforcement agencies work together. If you were to serve on SWAT, you would join an elite group of highly trained and specially equipped professionals. From hostage negotiation to explosive breaching, SWAT professionals learn diverse skills.
- Is SWAT full-time? No. SWAT is only mobilized when their special skills are needed (usually around 15 times a year).
- What sorts of incidents does SWAT respond to? SWAT responds to a range of incidents including situations with hostages and barricades.
Learn more about this regional Colorado team by visiting SWAT on JeffCo.us.
School Resource Officer
Do you believe that you could be a strong mentor to children? Do you want to help keeps schools safe for students? School Resource Officers serve elementary, middle, and high schools by providing these services, talking with parents and teachers, and acting as liaisons between the police department and school communities.
Find out more about this program and its officers at School Resource Officers on Arvada.org.
Criminal investigation involves interviews, gathering evidence, and getting to the bottom of cases. Being a detective requires advanced skills, training, and experience. Becoming and being a detective is hard work. At the Arvada Police Department, detectives specialize in specific kinds of investigations including property crimes and crimes against children. If you're interested in being a detective, please speak with a recruiting officer today to learn about how a patrol officer can become a detective.
What's it Like?
"As a detective, my day involves working with multiple agencies, victims and suspects to identify crimes and all those affected or involved. You are constantly chasing leads, collecting evidence and conducting interviews. Being a detective requires patience for the slow buildup of a case, ensuring a successful prosecution by the district attorney." – Detective Hall
Crime Scene Investigator
Are you a detail-oriented person who loves science? Crime Scene Investigators help to solve crimes by collecting and analyzing evidence. At the Arvada PD, our highly trained and respected CSIs have access to state-of-the-art technology. Being a CSI is not for everyone. To be an investigator, you'll need to be able to stay composed in a variety of situations. If the science of blood spatter, the intricacies of fingerprints, and helping solving cases from the inside out interests you, a career as a CSI could be a perfect fit.
What's it Like?
"As a Crime Scene Investigator I take a comprehensive methodical approach in processing and analyzing a crime scene to help solve crimes. I like being able to figure out what happened by understanding what the evidence is showing me. I enjoy helping my fellow officers and detectives present a solid case for prosecution." - CSI Gideon
Community Impact (CRIT) Officer
Community Response Impact Team (C.R.I.T) concentrates on high-crime areas, conducts free training for citizens year round, and is truly an integral part of the community. As a CRIT officer, you would have the opportunity to creatively pursue long-term solutions to criminal activity. You would also empower those in the community by educating and partnering with them.
What's it like?
"I like being on the Community Response Impact Team because we target specific crimes. We are the special teams of the Arvada PD – we come in when there is a specific task to be done. Whether it's a problem property, current crime trend such as auto thefts or vehicle trespasses, or concentrating our efforts on working in a high crime area, we ensure that our community stays safe by targeting crime where it is happening and criminals wherever they may be." – Officer Curtice
Field Training Officer
Field Training Officers are responsible for shaping new recruits. They help to build the foundation for the organization's future. If you are an experienced police officer who epitomizes respect, dedication, and responsibility, then you may have the opportunity to become an FTO during your career with the Arvada PD.
What's it like?
"I like being a Field Training Officer (FTO) because I enjoy the challenge of teaching new officers how to apply what they've learned in an academy setting to real life. Being an FTO forces me to not only understand the most important skills and knowledge which serve to build a solid foundation for new officers, but it also gives me an opportunity to be a role model and set an example for new officers and our community." - Officer Nesladek
Instructors work tirelessly to help all their students achieve success. Instructor opportunities could include:
- Driving / EVOC
- ... and more!
Special Investigations (VICE) Officer
Drugs, prostitution, and gambling exist in every community. In ours, Special Investigations officers do something about them. Working with the West Metro Drug Task Force, SIU helps to investigate vice and similar crimes. Criminality takes many forms – from human trafficking to meth-dealing taco trucks. SIU combats those that harm our neighborhoods.
When you call 911, you're connected to a dispatcher. Do you have a passion for helping people? Can you handle intense situations? Are you driven by details? If you answered yes, then answer the call: become a police dispatcher.
Traffic / Patrol
Traffic officers use motorcyles, marked, and unmarked vehicles to enforce traffic law. They also investigate traffic accidents using world-class software and tools.
What's it Like?
"I enforce traffic code, but more importantly, I investigate accidents when the traffic code isn't followed. Yes, I've seen some brutal and tragic accidents, but I know that my hard work is going to allow the victims of these accidents a shot at justice and holding those responsible accountable." – Officer Steiner
Police dogs are members of the force with four paws and unique skills. K-9 Officers team up with police dogs to help find drugs, conduct searches, look for evidence, and more. K-9 often works with SWAT to help protect public safety.
Police Services Technician
Police Services Technicians (PSTs) respond to requests for service, directly help out citizens, and are a big part of daily PD operations. As a PST, you would get to:
- Help with crime reports
- Provide fingerprinting and mediation services to citizens
- Work with patrol officers and others to respond to citizen needs
- Do unique things everyday - from testifying to logging evidence
Do you have good computer skills? Are you great with data? Police Support Specialists provide assistance to citizens, police officers, and other law enforcement agencies.
The City of Arvada, Colorado has a Total Compensation Philosophy. What does this mean for you? If you join our team as a police officer, you can expect:
Being able to provide our employees and their families with quality benefits is one of our highest priorities.
Reviewed regularly to make sure you're paid competitively.
Earn 9+ hours of vacation every month, sick time, and 96 holiday hours every year.
Enjoy Cigna health coverage plus dental and vision options.
just for cops
Sworn public safety employees get unique benefits in addition to core compensation.
Equipment and Uniforms Provided
You get your firearm. We'll take care of everything else.
10% Retirement Match and Extra Pay
Yup, we'll match your contribution at 10% of your salary. Shift differential and on-call pay can add a lot to your check.
4 day work week
How does a 3 day weekend every weekend sound? Enjoy 10/4 scheduling on an annual basis.
"The Arvada Police Department is committed to the philosophy and principles of community-oriented policing. We want to hire people who understand what community policing is all about, while at the same time, understand and address the criminal element in our community to make Arvada a safe place where people can live well. Does this sound interesting to you?" - Police Chief Don Wick
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Why the Arvada PD? a legacy of excellnce
Setting the standard since 1945
The Arvada PD, named a CALEA Flagship agency, is proud of its accreditations, internal standards, and strong community relationships. Our dedication to excellence began generations ago. If you become a police officer in Arvada, Colorado, you will be building on a legacy of greatness.
We Stand Above the Rest
Our department has been CALEA certified since 1986. Every one of our officers has a bachelor's degree or better.
Training and Equipment
World-class training for rescues, driving, firearms, and more. Cutting-edge mobile technology, state-of-the-art cars, and uncompromising safety gear.
Strong community relations make us who we are. We're in touch with those we serve 24/7 in person and online.
Right Size. Right Place.
The Arvada PD is the right size - a strong force with room to grow. Located minutes from Denver and the Rocky Mountains, we're fortunate to have an idealic location.
Your Future. Your Choice.
|What||Police Jobs at Arvada PD||Other Colorado Agencies*|
|Opportunities for Growth|
|Continuous Lateral and Certified Positions|
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|FREE Uniforms, Dry Cleaning, and More|
|10% Retirement Match|
* Every agency is different. If you're looking for the full package, and have the character to earn it, Arvada PD is the place for you.
Start Your Colorado Police Career
If you're interested in becoming a cop in Colorado but want a real career, the Arvada Police Department wants to hear from you. Yes, we have high standards. But if you have what it takes, we want you to be part of our legacy of excellence. If you've explored open police jobs, policing career paths, and are ready to work for the best - get in touch with us today. Find us online, call us, or come visit.
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Officer Norton: 720-898-6671
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