Police Officer Recruit (July 2024 Academy)

Job title: Police Officer Recruit (July 2024 Academy)

Company: City of Wheat Ridge

Job description: Description



We will maintain integrity in all our actions.


We will treat citizens and co-workers with respect.


We will demonstrate courage to do what is right.


We will persevere in the face of adversity.


We will take the initiative to serve and protect.

As an entry level recruit/officer with the we will pay to have you attend the best police recruit academy in the state of Colorado. The academy’s training covers a wide range of topics and skills necessary to become a successful law enforcement officer which include learning: the law and criminal procedures; communication and de-escalation skills; patrol tactics and crime scene investigation skills; community policing and problem solving; traffic investigations and use of force tactics as well as skills such as firearms, arrest control and driving. As a patrol officer you will handle incidents involving crime, traffic and quality of life issues helping to make Wheat Ridge a safe community in which to live, work and play. After gaining three years of experience, you can qualify to test for specialty teams such as SWAT, Crime Prevention, Crash and Traffic, or to become a detective assigned to Vice Intelligence, the drug task force or the auto theft task force. Wheat Ridge PD prides itself on its philosophy of community policing which means working with the law abiding community building relationships with residents and businesses owners. Whether conducting a traffic stop or responding to the scene of a crime, you’ll work as part of a team of dedicated professionals who strive to provide professional law enforcement services to keep the Wheat Ridge community safe. Join a nationally recognized and accredited Police Department and make a difference in the lives of others! The City’s centralized location provides short commutes to major interstate highways, the majestic Rocky Mountains, and the amenities of the large metropolitan City of Denver, Colorado. Our community encompasses 9.5 square miles and is home to more than 31,000 citizens.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The primary expectation of an incumbent assigned to this position is too attend and successfully complete the assigned, departmentally approved police academy. May perform various non-sworn police related functions within the department while waiting for academy commencement.

Minimum Training and Experience Required to Perform Essential Job Functions

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: -Be at least 21 years of age
-Must possess a High School Diploma or GED with three years demonstrated full-time work experience
-Have no Felony Convictions
-Have a valid driver’s license
-Must have three years of continuous employment


Knowledge – Ability to develop working knowledge of Federal, State and local statutes and ordinances; develop working knowledge of proper law enforcement principles, procedures and practices; develop working knowledge of first aid and medical procedures and practices.

Skills – Ability to develop skill in the use of law enforcement vehicles, firearms, related law enforcement equipment, and principles and practices of self-defense.

Abilities – Remain calm in stressful situations; apply logical thinking in determining a proper course of action in a minimum amount of time; make sound decisions and take appropriate action; follow written and verbal instructions; perform a high level of sustained physical activity; communicate clearly and concisely verbally and in writing; establish and maintain effective working relationships; interact and deal effectively with people from varying social and cultural backgrounds; exercise compassion and empathy for persons; share information and work cooperatively with others; follow orders; accept advice and constructive criticism in a positive manner; assert self when necessary; maintain composure and perform effectively in stressful situations; exercise restraint and use the minimum amount of force necessary to handle a given situation; adapt to changes in working; apply appropriate safety precautions in hazardous and potentially dangerous situations.

Supplemental Information


National Testing Network Assessments- Successfully complete the testing process within 7 days of invitation. Upon completion an invite will be sent to candidates to participate in a panel oral board.
Oral Boards- will be updated for the Academy classes
Background process- Includes a Polygraph and Psychological Evaluation. (all steps must be passed)
Chief’s Interview- Upon successful completion of the Background Process an interview will be scheduled for candidates with Chief Murtha.
Drug Screening/Essential Functions- Requirement after passing Chief’s Interview

Upon completion of the steps listed above a Final Offer will be given.

(Our process takes approximately 40 days from start of the background process.)

**Due to the number of applications processed and wide range of factors used to evaluate candidates, candidates will not be given individual feedback or detailed information when they are not chosen to advance in the process. **

An Equal Opportunity Employer
The City of Wheat Ridge is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We celebrate diversity and inclusivity and do not discriminate based on race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, veteran status, disability status, marital status or any other applicable characteristics protected by law, unless related to a bona fide occupational qualification. The City of Wheat Ridge will consider reasonable accommodations for employment to qualified applicants upon request to the Human Resources Office.

Expected salary: $66950 – 103000 per year

Location: Wheat Ridge, CO

Job date: Sat, 16 Mar 2024 00:27:41 GMT

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