Requirements for Lateral Applicants:
- Associate’s degree OR 60 credit hours from an accredited college or university.
- Two years of experience as a Colorado P.O.S.T certified officer.
- Tuition reimbursement to obtain your degree.
- Overtime calculated on a 40 hour work week.
- Police Money Purchase Plan: 12% employee contribution and 12% city contribution
- Uniform dry cleaning with pick-up and drop-off at the station
- Read the Complete Benefits Package
$78,890 to $105,946*
$86,779 to $116,540*
Master Police Officer
$121,132 to $131,400*
$147,168 to $150,479
$159,508 to $163,097
*Eligible for a 1.5% Bonus when you have a Bachelor’s Degree
JOIN THE FORCE — ARVADA POLICE DEPARTMENT
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.
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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?
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.
If you have been convicted of any felony, domestic violence, or any other disqualifying misdemeanor as identified by Colorado POST.
All sworn employees of the Arvada Police Department must obtain Colorado Peace Officer Standards and Training Certification.
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.
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:
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.
A location unlike any other. Being just minutes from Denver and the Rocky Mountains makes Arvada an idyllic location.