To apply for a Lateral Police Officer position, you must meet the following requirements:
The following types of experience are NOT regarded as "law enforcement" experience for the purpose of Lateral to the Denver Police Department:
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You can perform a self assessment, according to our standards of:
The written test is administered via computer at the Civil Service Commission’s Office.
A video test is administered to police applicants upon successful completion of the written test. Fire applicants do not take videotest. This test may take up to 5 hours to complete. Please plan your schedule accordingly. The results are immediate. You will receive your scores when you leave. Afterwards, the Commission will notify you if your score is high enough to be invited on for further processing.
Required Number of Trips to Denver
This will depend on the Testing Calendar and academy start dates; applicants should plan on making 3-4 trips to Denver to complete the testing/screening. For more information
How can you prepare:
It can take from six months to a year to complete all the testing/screening phases. As a result you can begin to prepare by:
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For additional questions please contact:
Felisa Urdiales, Senior HR Professional
The Denver Police Academy functions as a combined Lateral and Entry-level recruit program. All new hires begin at Entry-Level Police Officer pay and grade. At the discretion of the Academy, Lateral recruits may graduate on average after 15 weeks of Academy training depending upon past experience and training. At the discretion of the Academy, Lateral recruits who do not graduate at 15 weeks are required to complete up to 27 weeks of Academy training.
Please see the current Lateral Police Officer Examination Informational Booklet for details. However, upon successful completion of the Academy, and at the discretion of the Executive Director of Safety, Lateral recruits may be appointed (depending on merit, experience or record) to the rank of Police Officer 3rd, 2nd, 1st grade per Charter provision. Pay will be adjusted according to the appointed rank.