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Our officers are the face of the department and are responsible for keeping the community of Denver safe. The ability to accomplish this mission is based on the journey that an applicant takes as they become a Denver Police officer. It is a transition during which a recruit learns more about who they are, while also realizing that they must become a part of a team, and serving the community of Denver is the priority.



Thank you for your interest in your future career with the Denver Police Department, one of the premier police departments in the United States. Your journey begins here, by filling out the self-assessment and the Denver Police Recruiting Unit Interest Form, you will have the inside track regarding the application process and be notified first about future testing opportunities with the Denver Civil Service Commission. After filling out the interest form, one of the Denver Police Recruiters will be in touch with you with more information

Please keep in mind; this is just an interest form so the Denver Police Recruiting Unit can keep you updated with information about the Denver Civil Service Commission and the Denver Police Department. The actual Denver Civil Service Commission Police Application is a separate application, and we will contact you when the application is open.

Current News 


Entry-Level Applicants

The Denver Civil Service Commission application period is currently closed. Information will be coming soon regarding testing for entry-level academies in 2021. Please complete the self-assessment and fill out an interest form to receive all updated information. 

Lateral Applicants

The Denver Civil Service Commission application period for lateral officers is currently closed. Please complete the self-assessment and fill out an interest form to receive all updated information once it becomes available regarding lateral police officer testing. 


Salary Information

Denver Police Department Salary based on the year 2020:

  • Police Officer Recruit: $58,633
  • Police Officer - Fourth Grade: $63,480
  • Police Officer - Third Grade: $70,261
  • Police Officer - Second Grade : $75,225
  • Police Officer - First Grade: $94,630
  • Technician: $100,968
  • Detective: $104,193
  • Corporal: $104,193
  • Sergeant: $113,137        
  • Lieutenant: $129,751

Lateral Salary

  • Minimum of two years of patrol experience at the time of application to qualify for lateral status.
  • Receive lateral pay while you attend the Denver Police Academy
  • Starting Pay: $75,225 annually for 2 to 4 years of patrol experience (PO 2)
  • Starting Pay: $94,630 annually for 4+ years of patrol experience (PO 1)        


When was the last time you made a difference?

In partnership with the community, the Denver Police Department strives to operate a police agency focused on preventing crime in a respectful manner, demonstrating that everyone matters.



Below you will find the testing process for Denver Police applicants. The exact order may change at times based on the scheduling demands of the Denver Civil Service Commission.

number one graphicInitial Testing

  • Self Assessment
  • Online Application
  • Written Test
  • Video Test
  • Background Packet 

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  • Language Skills Test
  • Written Suitability Test
  • Polygraph Examination
  • Interview with Psychologist
  • Physical Agility Test
  • Preliminary File Review
  • Background Investigation

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  • Civil Service Review
  • Police Department Interviews
  • DPD Chiefs Review
  • Executive Director of Safety Review
  • Conditional Job Offers Given

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Final Testing

  • Fingerprinting
  • Drug Screen
  • Medical Exam
  • Psychological Exam (MMPI-2)
  • Final Job Offer
  • Academy Start
  • Are You Ready?