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Entry Level and Lateral Police Officer

Colorado Springs, Colorado



Colorado Springs Police Department

705 S. Nevada Avenue

Colorado Springs, CO 80903

Phone: 719-444-7437

Fax: 719-482-7120





Salary: $45,852 - $69,576

Population: 500,000

Sworn Officers: 650

Application Deadline: 6/15/14




The Colorado Springs Police Department embraces a proactive policing philosophy. Rather than just responding to crime that has occurred, we seek to understand why crime is committed and find ways to mitigate or remove the conditions that may lead to criminal activity. This policing philosophy is called Community Oriented Policing. Inherent in this philosophy is the creation of community and police partnerships in problem identification and solution. As a result, we seek candidates with the knowledge, skills and abilities required to perform the job within the context of our policing philosophy.


The City of Colorado Springs is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. No person shall be discriminated against because of race, color, national origin or ancestry, sex, age, religious convictions, veteran status, disability status, political beliefs or other non-job related criteria. Affirmative Action dictates that positive steps are taken to ensure people from all segments of the community are represented in the City work force.


The City is committed to ensuring that individuals with disabilities be given the same consideration for employment that individuals without disabilities are given. If you are disabled and need assistance in the application process, contact the City Human Resources Department at (719) 385-5904. For hearing impaired applicants, the Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD) telephone number is (719) 578-1800.



Police Recruit


This position is for applicants that have no prior law enforcement experience, or less than three years of paid experience as a law enforcement officer.



The minimum qualifications for Police Recruit are:

  • You must be by the date of hire at least 21 years of age.

  • You must not have been convicted of a felony.

  • You must not have been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence.

  • You must not have been convicted of a misdemeanor crime that would affect your ability to certify with the Colorado Police Officer Standards and Training (POST) Board. Visit the POST website at for a list of misdemeanors that will preclude police officer certification.

  • You must have by the date of hire an Associate Degree or 60 college semester hours. A national or regional accrediting organization recognized by the United States Department of Education must accredit the school or institution granting the degree or credits. Candidates that do not meet educational minimums upon application must submit a statement from their school confirming that they are currently enrolled in a course of study that will allow the candidate to meet the minimum qualifications upon date of hire.

  • You must be by the date of hire a US citizen, permanent resident alien, temporary resident alien, applicant for temporary resident status, refugee or asylee. All applicants that are offered employment must provide documents to establish their identity and employment eligibility for authorization to work in the U.S.

  • You must not have been released or discharged from the Armed Forces of the United States under dishonorable conditions.

  • You must be in good physical condition and meet medical standards as established by the City of Colorado Springs Police Department.

  • You must have and maintain a valid driver's license

By date of hire, candidates that have been selected for employment must possess and maintain a valid Colorado driver's license.



Police Lateral Recruit


This position is for experienced police officers.


In addition to meeting the minimum qualifications for

Police Recruits, lateral police officer applicants must

meet the following additional qualifications:

  • You must be currently certified as a Level I Peace Officer in Colorado as defined by CRS Section 16-2.5-101, or similarly qualified as a Police Officer in another state or federal jurisdiction. Applicants that are serving or have served as military or security police in the Armed Forces do not meet this definition; therefore, they must apply as a Police Recruit.

  • You must have at least three years of paid police officer experience as a patrol officer within the last five years. The Department may waive the requirement to have served as a patrol officer in certain circumstances. Experienced officers that have served three years as a patrol officer, but have subsequently been appointed or promoted to Detective or promoted to a supervisory position, could also satisfy the requirement.

Speaking a second language is a desirable qualification for both recruit and lateral applicants.


Applicants may apply for one position or the other, but not both.



If you have any questions about your eligibility to apply as a Lateral Police Officer, please call:


(719) 444-7446


Weekdays between the hours of 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM MST











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