Police Job Descriptions

In Arvada, Colorado

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.

Patrol Officer

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.

Police Detective

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

Training Officer

Instructors work tirelessly to help all their students achieve success. Instructor opportunities could include:

  • Firearms
  • Driving / EVOC
  • DUI
  • ... 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.