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:
Applications are only accepted through the Commission’s website.
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. 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.
It can take from six months to a year to complete all the testing/screening phases depending on the needs of the Police Department.
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 (Please note the application and testing dates in this booklet are out of date)