Police Officer Minimum Qualifications

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
Applicants must meet all of the minimum qualifications. Except as noted herein, any failure to meet one or more of the minimum qualifications will result in your immediate disqualification. Please note that some standards have particular time limits associated with them. If this applies to your situation, you may later become eligible and apply once those time limits have lapsed. If you do not meet a minimum qualification based on your behavior or criminal history occurring both prior to age 18 and more than five years ago, you may be eligible to request an "exemption" from disqualification. (Please see Exemption from Disqualification for Behavior Prior to Age 18.) If you have already scheduled an appointment and find that you do not meet the minimum qualifications, please contact the Denver Civil Service Commission at (720) 913-3365.
 

AGE: Applicants must be at least twenty-one (21) years of age on or before the date of application. Acceptable proof of age will be required if you are selected to proceed beyond the video test. Acceptable substitutes for a birth certificate include naturalization papers and/or a valid passport.
 

EDUCATION: Applicants must have a high school diploma or a General Equivalency Diploma (GED) on or before the date of application. Acceptable proof of a high school diploma or GED certificate will be required if you are selected to proceed beyond the video test. Acceptable substitutes for a high school diploma or GED certificate include an original certified high school transcript bearing the official school seal and showing graduation date, or an original letter from the school on the school's letterhead which verifies the graduation.
 

CITIZENSHIP: United States citizenship is required on or before the date of application. Acceptable proof of such must be presented if you are selected to proceed beyond the video test. Acceptable proof of United States citizenship shall include a birth certificate from within the United States, naturalization papers, a United States passport, or a Certificate of Live Birth Abroad of a United States Citizen.
 

LEGAL: To be eligible for both application for original appointment, and original appointment to a position in the classified service, an individual shall not have any legal impediments to their ability to perform the essential job functions of the position of Police Officer.
 

FELONY CONVICTIONS: An individual who has been convicted of and/or received a deferred judgment for a felony will be disqualified.
 

MISDEMEANOR CONVICTIONS: An individual who has been convicted of and/or received deferred judgments for four (4) or more misdemeanors (non-traffic) within the thirty-six (36) months prior to date of application, and up to and including the date of appointment, will be disqualified. Individuals who have been convicted of and/or received a deferred judgment for a misdemeanor (nontraffic) while employed in a law enforcement, firefighter or other sworn public safety position also will be disqualified.
 

COLORADO PEACE OFFICER STANDARDS AND TRAINING (POST) CERTIFICATION: All applicants for Police Officer must be eligible for POST Certification. Certain specified misdemeanor convictions may result in the denial of POST Certification, as specified in C.R.S. 24-31-305 section 1.5. Therefore, in order to be eligible to proceed beyond the Written and Video test, any applicant who has a misdemeanor conviction must provide copies of the court records regarding their conviction. Should their misdemeanor conviction be among those that may result in denial of POST Certification, the applicant shall be required to provide verification of a POST exemption/waiver prior to being invited on for further testing. To determine your eligibility and to get a listing of the misdemeanor convictions that apply, you may contact the Colorado POST Board at (303) 866-5692 or you can find a link to the POST Board on the web at www.ago.state.co.us
 

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: Individuals who have been convicted of and/or received a deferred judgment for a misdemeanor involving domestic violence will be disqualified.
 

SEXUAL ASSAULT: Individuals who have been convicted of and/or received a deferred judgment for a misdemeanor involving sexual assault will be disqualified.
 

CHILD ABUSE: Individuals who have been convicted of and/or received a deferred judgment for a misdemeanor involving child abuse will be disqualified.
 

HARASSMENT: Individuals who have been convicted of and/or received a deferred judgment for a misdemeanor involving intimidation or harassment of a person or group, because of that person’s or group’s race, color, ancestry, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, or physical or mental disability will be disqualified.
 

DUI/DWAI: Individuals who have one or more convictions or deferred judgments for a DUI or DWAI offense within the thirty-six (36) months prior to date of application, and up to and including the date of appointment will be disqualified.
 

Individuals who have two or more convictions or deferred judgments for a DUI or DWAI offense in their lifetime will be disqualified.
 

ILLEGAL DRUG ACTIVITY: Individuals who have illegally sold, delivered, distributed, or manufactured drugs will be disqualified.
 

SOFT DRUG USE: Individuals who have illegally used soft drugs at least one time within the thirty-six (36) months prior to the date of application, and up to and including date of appointment will be disqualified.
 

Definition: Marijuana, the use of which would be classified as a petty offense or misdemeanor under CRS § 18-18-406; and any Schedule III, IV or V controlled substance, as defined by and listed in CRS § 18-18-205, 206, and 207, respectively, the use of which would be classified as a misdemeanor under CRS § 18-18-404; except when the drug or substance is used pursuant to being dispensed by or under the direction of a person licensed or authorized by law to prescribe, administer, or dispense such drug or substance for bona fide medical needs.
 

Examples: Illegal use of cough syrup with low dose codeine, Ganja, Marijuana. Note: The following drugs are currently defined as "Soft Drugs." However, the Commission is proposing that the definitions be revised to move illegal use of these drugs into the "Hard Drugs" category: Amytal, Anabolic Steroids, Codeine (low dose), Darvon, Deca, Ketamine, Librium, Phenobarbitol, Rohypnol, Roofies, Seconal, Special K, Steroids, Talwin, Valium, Xanax.
 

HARD DRUG USE: Individuals who have illegally used hard drugs at least one time within the sixty (60) months prior to the date of application, and up to and including date of appointment will be disqualified.
 

Definition: Any Schedule I or II controlled substance, as defined by and listed in CRS § 18-18-203 and 204, respectively, the use of which would be classified as a felony under CRS § 18-18-404, except for marijuana and except when the controlled substance is used pursuant to being dispensed by or under the direction of a person licensed or authorized by law to prescribe, administer, or dispense such controlled substance for bona fide medical needs.
 

Examples: Illegal use of Adam, Angel Dust, Amphetamine, Black Tar, Blue Birds, Buttons, Cocaine, Codeine (high dose), Crack, Crystal, Demerol, Dilaudid, Ecstacy, GHB, Hallucinogens, Hash & Hash Oil, Heroin, Ice, LSD, Mescaline, Methadone, Meth-amphetamine, MDA, MDMA, Microdot, Morphine, Mushrooms, Opium, Percocet, Percodan, Peyote, PCP, PHP, Psilocybin, Quaalude, Red Birds, Ritalin, Smack, Speed, STP, TCP, Thai Sticks (soaked in hash oil), THC, XTC, Yellow Jackets.
 

Individuals who have illegally used soft or hard drugs while employed in a law enforcement, firefighter or other sworn public safety position also will be disqualified.
 

EXEMPTION FROM DISQUALIFICATION FOR BEHAVIOR PRIOR TO AGE 18: If an individual fails to meet a minimum qualification based on behavior or criminal history occurring both prior to age eighteen (18) and more than five (5) years ago, the individual may be eligible to request an exemption from disqualification. The request for exemption must be made in writing. The request for exemption may be made either before application or, if after application, within forty-five (45) days following notice of disqualification. Any request for exemption from disqualification will be reviewed on a case by case basis. Applicants who are granted an exemption may re-apply when testing slots are available. In some circumstances, particular criminal matters are not eligible for the granting of an exemption. Details regarding the filing of a written request for an exemption, and the eligibility requirements for an exemption are contained in Commission Rule 3. If you have additional questions, please call the Denver Civil Service Commission at (720) 913-3370.
 

GOOD DRIVING AND EMPLOYMENT RECORD: Applicants must possess a valid driver license before being placed on the eligible register, and have a good driving and employment record.
 

THE ABILITY TO PERFORM THE ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS: Applicants must be capable of performing the essential job functions of an entry-level Police Officer with or without reasonable accommodation. All phases of the examination are designed to measure an applicant's ability to perform the essential functions of the job. Please refer to the section Tasks of a Police Officer in the Informational Booklet for a list of essential functions. See also, Knowledge, Skills, Abilities.
 

SOLICITATION OF PREFERENTIAL TREATMENT: Solicitation or attempted solicitation (lobbying) in connection with any application or testing for original appointment, or for placement on an eligible register, or for certification for appointment to a position in the classified service, may be grounds for disqualification. This includes intervention on behalf of any applicant, outside of references and information provided in the background investigation process, by the respective department or any of its members, by a member of City Council, by any City official or City employee, and by a Commissioner or employee of the Commission. Personal references and letters of recommendation are considered during the background investigation only. An applicant may provide, as part of the background investigation process, letters of reference and the names, contact information, and nature of relationship for references he or she believes should be contacted during the background investigation.

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