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Lateral Police Officer

To apply for a Lateral Police Officer position, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Possess a current Colorado Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) certification or state equivalent;
  • not currently under Internal Affairs investigation for any reason;
  • a minimum of three (3) years of law enforcement experience performing calls to service or street duty (Patrol Experience) while employed full-time;


  • currently employed full-time as a state certified law enforcement officer by a state, county, or municipal police or sheriff's department; OR
  • laid-off or retired within the last twelve (12) months from such a full time, state certified law enforcement position; AND have been in good standing at the time of lay-off or retirement.

Please note:
The following types of experience are NOT regarded as "law enforcement" experience for the purpose of Lateral to the Denver Police Department:

  • Deputy/Officer employed in a jail/prison setting;
  • "Full Service" employment in a university setting;
  • A volunteer reserve police officer;
  • A military police officer;
  • A District Attorney investigator;
  • Employment on a part-time basis; or
  • Time spent in a training academy.

Application Information:
Applications are only accepted through the Commission’s website. 

Written Test:
The written test is administered via computer at the Civil Service Commission’s Office.

Video Test:
A video test is administered to police applicants upon successful completion of the written test. 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. 

Required Number of Trips to Denver
This will depend on the Testing Calendar and academy start dates; applicants should plan on making 2 trips to Denver to complete the testing/screening.

  • First trip: Test Phases I thorough X (as outlined in the Lateral Informational Booklet), and will be 3-5 days.
  • Second trip: Panel Interview, Fingerprinting, and Medical Evaluation

It can take from six months to a year to complete all the testing/screening phases depending on the needs of the Police Department.


  • Law enforcement experience in the followiing areas does not apply: correctional facility, college, District Attorney's office, or as a Federal or Military Police Officer
  • Voluntary separation from full time law enforcement employment due to lay off or retirement must: apply within one year of separation, possess a current POST certification, and be in good standings at the time of separation.
  • Applicants employed by “Full Service” university police departments will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Full Service is  defined as an agency that respond to calls for service, make arrests, and file criminal cases without the services of another law enforcement agency.
  • Colorado P.O.S.T. certification requirements regarding criminal record and drug usage will also apply

Information Booklet and Video
Written Test Preparation Tools 
Physical Ability Test Preparation Tools

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.

Effective 1/1/2015, while in the Academy, all Police recruits will receive recruit pay of $48,086.00 plus benefits. 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. See the Lateral Police Officer Examination Informational booklet for details. (Please note the application and testing dates in this booklet are out of date)