Requirements for Lateral Applicants:

  • Two years of experience as a Colorado P.O.S.T. certified officer


  • Associate’s degree OR 60 credit hours from an accredited college or university


  • Shift differential, special assignment, and on-call pay
  • Overtime calculated on a 40 hour work week
  • Portable Police Money Purchase Plan: 12% employee contribution and 12% city contribution
  • Department funded retirement health savings account
  • Free and convenient healthcare clinic
  • Uniform dry cleaning with pick-up and drop-off at the station
  • Read the Complete Benefits Package
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Police Officer

Annual Salary:
$84,532 to $111,836*

Arvada PD Detective Badge


Annual Salary:
$93,693 to $123,964*

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Master Police Officer

Annual Salary:

Police Sergeant Badge


Annual Salary:
$127,874 to $138,714*

Police Commander Badge


Annual Salary:
$153,064 to $169,631

*Total includes 1.5% bonus for having a Bachelor’s Degree


There’s a deep-rooted pride in becoming an officer. It’s a distinct accomplishment and crowning achievement. Our department knows that being a police officer requires a specific set of skills – skills that are learned, cultivated, and perfected over time. We take that training very seriously. We are Built Blue.

That’s why we’re looking for people who are a breed apart from the typical applicant. If you are that person – looking for a challenging and rewarding career, and want to serve in a nationally recognized city just outside of Denver – we want to hear from you.


We prepare you for success in your career with the Arvada Police Department by providing:

  • Academy Preparation Training
  • Physical Fitness Programs
  • Local Geography
  • Colorado Revised Statutes (C.R.S.) Training
  • Policy & Procedure Training

All while receiving a full salary with benefits!

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Why Arvada PD?

The Arvada Police Department has been setting the standard of excellence since 1945. Named a CALEA Flagship agency, the Arvada PD prides itself on its dedication to accreditation, internal standards, and strong community relationships. Here’s how we do it:
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Training and Equipment

Providing world-class training for driving, firearms, and more, along with cutting-edge mobile technology, state-of-the-art cars, and top-of-the-line safety gear.

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Community Policing

Strong community relations make us who we are and our officers are an integral part of the community they serve.

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Our department has been CALEA certified since 1986 and every one of our officers has a bachelor’s degree or higher.

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Right Size, Right Place

The Arvada PD is the right size with room to grow. Located minutes from Denver and the Rocky Mountains, it is an idyllic location.

The Basics

At the Arvada PD, we’re committed to respect for the law, our community, and one another. We are dedicated to service, professionalism, community engagement, public safety—and we will always strive for excellence. Check out the following requirements to see if you have what it takes to join our diverse and inclusive team and have a meaningful police career with extraordinary benefits.

Police Job Requirements

In order to apply for a police job, you must meet these qualifications:

Police Job Disqualifications

If you have any of the following, you are not eligible to work for the Arvada PD.

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You are at Least 21 Years Old And...

You are a United States Citizen or possess proper I-9 documentation; also must be able to communicate effectively in written and spoken English.

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Criminal History

If you have been convicted of any felony, domestic violence, or any other disqualifying misdemeanor as identified by Colorado POST.

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You have a Bachelor's Degree or Higher

There are no exceptions to our 4-year degree rule for new recruits. If you’re graduating soon, let us know!

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Problematic Driving History

Applicants must have a current driver’s license. Additionally, we will not accept anyone who has any citation for reckless driving within the last 5 years, regardless of plea disposition.

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You can Pass a Medical Evaluation and Background Check

This isn’t a physical fitness test and we aren’t just looking for criminal histories. We want to know that you are healthy, mature, self-disciplined, and ready to take on a challenging career.

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Drug or Alcohol Use

We have a zero tolerance policy for those who have used marijuana or THC products within the last year, used hard drugs within the last five years, had a DUI(s) in the past five years, committed prescription fraud, and other like offenses.

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You Meet the Requirements of Colorado POST

All sworn employees of the Arvada Police Department must obtain Colorado Peace Officer Standards and Training Certification.

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Offensive Behavior

We pride ourselves on having Officers who uphold the strong character of the City of Arvada. You will be disqualified if you’ve ever falsified a written report, committed perjury, or had prior conduct that could bring discredit upon the Department.

Police Jobs

Arvada Police Department Career Paths

Explore our diverse options and discover your next career path. Click on any police career path to learn more about the job. Want to see them all? Check out our police job descriptions page.


Animal Management

Help all members of our community, including those with paws!

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Protect and Serve the City of Arvada, 24/7.


Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT)

Keep the community safe, all along the front range.

School Resource Officer

School Resource Officer

Help our youngest community members.

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Police Detective

Dig deep to solve criminal investigation cases.

Crime Scene Investigation

Crime Scene Investigation

Solve crimes with science.

Community Response Impact Team

Community Impact Team (CRIT)

Provide proactive policing to high-crime communities

Field Training Officers

Field Training

Mentor the next generation of officers.

Special Investigations

Special Investigations

Combat VICE crimes with local, state, and federal police teams.

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Code Compliance

Ensure a safe community and a high quality living environment.

Traffic Cops on Motorcycles


Keep people (and streets) safe.

K9 Program


Join a highly effective human and canine team.

Police Lobby

Police Services Technician

Connect the public and police.

Records management


Maintain vital records and data.

Training Instructor

Training Instructor

Use your knowledge to teach Arvada's finest.

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Mental Health Co-Responder

Be on the frontline of mental health care as a Police-Based Case Manager working directly with the Arvada PD.

Arvada PD Benefits

The City of Arvada has a Total Compensation Philosophy, which means, if you join our team as a police officer, you can expect:

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Core Compensation

Providing our employees and their families with quality benefits is one of our highest priorities.

Just for Cops

Sworn public safety employees get unique benefits in addition to core compensation.

Why Arvada?

A location unlike any other. Being just minutes from Denver and the Rocky Mountains makes Arvada an idyllic location.

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Market-Driven Salaries

Reviewed regularly to make sure you’re paid competitively.

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Personal Time Off

Earn 9+ hours of vacation every month, sick time, and 96 holiday hours every year.

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Great Insurance

Enjoy health coverage plus dental and vision options.

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Equipment and Uniforms Provided

You buy your firearm. We’ll take care of everything else.

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Retirement Match and Extra Pay

We’ll match your retirement contribution at 12% of your salary and provide shift differential and on-call pay.

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Four Day Work Week

How does a long weekend, every weekend sound? Enjoy 4/10 scheduling on an annual basis.

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Perfect for New Home Buyers

Chosen as a Top 20 City for new home buyers, Arvada has it all — from historic homes to modern developments.

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Voted Best Place to Live

The Denver Post ranked one of our neighborhoods the BEST in the whole metro area.

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Small Town Feel, In the Big City

Located just northwest of Denver, Arvada retains its small-town feel even with its estimated population of 115,368.