Requirements for Lateral Applicants:

  • Two years of experience as a Colorado P.O.S.T. certified officer AND
  • Associate’s degree OR 60 credit hours from an accredited college or university

Benefits:

  • 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
  • Full salary and benefits begin on day one
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Police Officer

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

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Detective

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

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Master Police Officer

Annual Salary:
$116,876*

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

JOIN THE TEAM — 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 want to make a difference and embrace the challenge. If you are that person – looking for a rewarding career, and want to serve in a nationally recognized city, just northwest of Denver with quick access to the mountains – we want to hear from you.

GET HIRED SOONER WITH OUR PRE-ACADEMY PROGRAM

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

  • Physical Fitness Programs
  • Local Geography
  • Colorado Revised Statutes (C.R.S.) Training
  • Policy & Procedure Training
  • Work/life balance schedule

Receive a full salary and benefits from pre-academy through the fully funded Colorado POST law enforcement academy! 

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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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Professionalism

Our department has been CALEA certified since 1986 and every one of our officers is college educated.

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Right Size, Right Place

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

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.

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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, THC, or mushroom products within the last year, used hard drugs within the last five years, had a DUI(s) in the past three years (on a case by case basis), 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.

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.

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Administrative Officer

Develop policy, recruit new talent, and uphold professional standards in the Department

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Patrol

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

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Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT)

Keep the community safe, all along the front range

School Resource Officer

School Resource Officer

Be a role model for our youngest community members and foster safe learning environments

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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 areas in our community

Field Training Officers

Field Training

Mentor the next generation of officers

Special Investigations

Task Forces

Combat narcotics, organized, violent crimes, and others with local, state, and federal law enforcement teams

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CORE Team

Provide resources to homeless community members while supporting a safe community

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Traffic

Educate the public and enforce traffic laws to increase safety on the streets

K9 Program

K-9

Join a highly effective human and canine team

Arvada PD Benefits

The Arvada Police Department is a benefit rich agency with a focus on work life balance. If you join our team as a police officer, you can expect:

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Competitive Market-Driven Salaries

Reviewed regularly to make sure you’re paid competitively.

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Vacation and Sick Time

Begin your career with 40 hours of vacation time while earning additional vacation and sick time every month.

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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, including pick up and drop

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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.