If you were interested in the past to work for the Denver Police Department your easiest path to such a job would have been to go through the Police Academy as a recruit. However, for the last 2 budget years the Denver Police Academy has been closed due to budget issues at the City of Denver. If you are already a police officer (P.O.S.T. certified) you can express your interest to work for the Denver Police through a simple online form. If you are new to this law enforcement job, this article will lay out the steps to Denver Police Employment opportunities.
If you actually enter the application process you have to go through a lengthy interview and test process before being considered for employment with the Denver Police Department. The application process has 11 steps to go through + medical evaluation and security background check. The application process looks quite cumbersome compared to the hiring process in other fields. However, considering that you would be working in a very sensitive area that requires trust and integrity, this thorough screening and interviewing process is fully justified.
Candidates need to be able to pass a writing exam as well as a computerized video test that looks for specific situation-specific judgments skills. Veterans and candidates that possess second language skills get some extra points assigned. The test scores + extra points will then be added to the final score. Based on the final score a decision will be made if candidates are added to the application pool and can continue to go through the screening and interview process.
The next phase is made of several psychological tests that a candidate has to pass. This includes an interview with a psychologist and a Polygraph test. At this point your entire file will be reviewed and rated. While there are still several steps ahead of you, if you pass this section of the interview process you have come very far. Candidates at this level are generally eligible for employment. From here your application moves up to panel review and a review by the safety manager for the City of Denver. If they approve your application a conditional job offer will be made.
With the conditional Denver Police Department Job Offer in your pocket you will have to pass the medical evaluation including a drug test and an official psychological examination. Based on this final set of data the condition on the Police department job offer will either be removed or you will fail. In that case your application will either be deferred or denied. If your application is approved you will be hired and appointed to the Denver Police Academy as a recruit.
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Becoming a police officer for the City of Denver takes a lot of effort. Candidates need to show integrity and character. And of course they need to be educated enough to be accepted as candidates. While the minimum requirements are a GED or High School Graduation, it never hurts to have additional skills and experience.
If you have been a Police Officer or other law enforcement employee before, a lateral entry program is available. A shortened Police Academy program is available for qualified candidates. You will need to provide the following documents to get accepted into the lateral training program at the Denver Police Academy: copy of your high school diploma or GED certificate, a copy of your birth certificate, copy of your CO POST certification, copies of all law enforcement training records, proof of honorably military discharge if you are a Veteran of the United States Armed Forces, proof of U.S. Citizenship, copies of your previous department performance evaluations for the past 3 years. Candidates with previous job experience can expect a higher starting salary after graduating from the Police Academy.
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There you have it. Getting a Denver Police Department job is not easy. The lengthy hiring and application process for Denver Police Department Jobs is designed to filter out unqualified candidates. In the end only the best candidates will make it to the Denver Police Academy where they will receive an excellent police officer training. As mentioned before the police academy is currently closed for training due to budget issues. Interested candidates should definitely contact the Denver Police Department to find out what the current hiring process looks like. Are you up for the challenge?