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Police Officer - Lateral/Certified

Arvada Police Department - Arvada, Colorado

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Entry Level Salary:
$4,595.00 monthly
Academy Graduate:
$4,595.00 monthly
$4,595.00 monthly
Top Pay:
$6,304.00 monthly

Job Description


Please note: If you participated in a testing process with the City of Arvada Police Department as a Police Officer - Lateral/Certified applicant and was not selected, you must wait one year to reapply.

Position Purpose Responsible for the enforcement of all local, state and federal laws. Responds to requests for service on criminal and non-criminal related activity. Provides for the safety and protection of the community through emergency services, community engagement, and problem solving. Exists to provide service for the protection and well-being of human life and the community as well as provides a safe and quality environment for the community served.

JOB KNOWLEDGE - Essential Functions, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

1. Law Enforcementa. Performs all duties related to traffic enforcement including traffic law enforcement, traffic accident investigation, traffic direction and neighborhood traffic control. b. Enforces all municipal, state and federal laws requiring police intervention to include summons, arrest, transports, booking, incarcerations, interviews and follow-up. c. Provides on-going patrol for all areas of the City. d. Ability to apply and utilize laws, resources, equipment and other personnel in all areas of responsibility.

2. Responds to requests for servicea. Provides emergency response to all calls for service requiring immediate law enforcement intervention. Provides full service police response on all criminal and non-criminal related activity, including timely response where a request for a police officer has been entered, immediate supervision where appropriate and comprehensive community problem solving. b. Documents all calls for service requiring reports or other written documentation and instruments to be recorded. c. Performs follow-up investigations on criminal reports taken in the field, prepares case filing for presentation to district attorney’s office. d. Administers first aid with or without the assistance of other emergency personnel. e. Participates in special events as assigned.

3. Technical functions (Physical)a. Operates an emergency motor vehicle in both normal and emergency situations. b. Utilizes both stationary and mobile date computer terminals and all corresponding applications for preparation of reports, inter-office correspondence, training memoranda, information exchanges and all other forms of communication indicative of this venue. c. Collects, preserves, packages, and records evidence from crime scenes. d. Maintains a high level of mental and physical fitness in order to maintain proficiency in firearms, self-defense tactics and all other areas requiring certifications. e. Employs physical force (up to and including deadly force) to subdue and/or arrest fleeing, resistant, and hostile subjects. f. Pursues fleeing subjects on foot. Climbs, crawls, or otherwise negotiates obstacles such as staircases, ladders, fences, window openings, attics, crawl spaces, and areas of gunfire. g. Drags, pulls, or moves persons to allow first aid, affect rescue or overcome resistance.

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4. Technical functions (Cognitive) a. Provides court testimony and case preparation for all cases including traffic, criminal or civil requiring the officer’s presence or the officer’s reports in municipal, state or federal court. b. Utilizes exceptional oral and written communication skills. c. Ability to exercise judgment and make decisions under extreme conditions. d. Proficient ability to utilize firearms and self defense tactics. e. Ability to multi-task and set priorities in a closed environment.

5. Professional Standardsa. Ability to work with individuals in stressful situations. b. Demonstrate high levels of ethics and integrity. c. Develops meaningful community engagement promoting the interaction of the police with the community for the purposes of insuring community safety, problem solving, protection of life and property and quality of life issues. d. Initiates activity in the form of traffic stops, suspicious person contacts, building checks, and interaction with the various elements of the community. e. Attends training in extensive legal updates, officer safety and other police procedures and maintains certifications in all necessary areas.

Working Environment/Physical Activities: Work is primarily performed in a vehicle with exposure to adverse weather conditions. Also includes exposure to; bio-hazards, combative subjects, possible hostile gunfire, schedule (shift work, on-call duty), traffic hazards, noise from overhead sirens and firearms training, and stress from psychological trauma. Physical hardship from equipment weight on body and spending large amounts of time in a vehicle. This position requires moderate physical work with lifting, pushing or pulling of objects up to 50 pounds occasionally and/or up to 20 pounds frequently.

Minimum Education or Formal Training and Experience: Bachelor’s Degree plus a P.O.S.T. Certification required. A valid Colorado Driver’s License required. Must be a minimum of 21 years of age, ability to obtain and maintain certifications and proficiency in all job related required areas such as intoxilizer and PPCT, proficiency in firearms and self defense tactics, and good health and fitness levels.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Valid Colorado class "R" drivers license or able to obtain one within two weeks of appointment. Must possess a Colorado P.O.S.T. certification or ability to test out and obtain certification.

Official transcripts or certified letter from dean indicating expected graduation date must accompany application OR be available before interview process. Copies of degree certificates will not be accepted in lieu of transcripts. DO NOT SEND ANY ADDITIONAL PAPERWORK.

The Testing & Oral Board interview schedule is as follows: Written testing and oral boards will occur August 25th - August 29th, 2014.


Job Requirements

  • Age: 21 years or older
  • Education: Bachelors Degree (NO EXCEPTIONS)
  • Experience: Colorado POST or Lateral Transfer

Contact Informaton

Patrick Mccloskey

Arvada Police Department
8101 Ralston Road
Arvada, Colorado 80002
phone: (720) 898-6671

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