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Lateral Police Officer

The Application is currently OPEN

The Denver Civil Service Commission is now accepting applications for the 2019 Lateral Denver Police Officer Academy.

OPENING DATE:  2/11/2019 at 12:00 AM (MST)

CLOSING DATE:  2/24/2019 at 11:59 PM (MST)

Position Announcement - Denver Police Officer COLORADO Lateral Applicants ONLY 

  • Application for Colorado is OPEN

Position Announcement - Denver Police Officer OUT OF STATE Lateral Applicants ONLY

  • Application for Out of State is OPEN

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.


For this information and more, download the complete  Out-of-State Applicants Brochure 

Self Assessment:

You can perform a self assessment, according to our standards of:

  • Honesty, Integrity, and Personal Ethics
  • Compliance with the Laws, Rules, Regulations and Orders
  • Dependability, Good Judgement, Self-control, and Interpersonal Skills
  • Respect for Others, Respect for Diversity, and Teamwork
  • Preparation for the Job

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. 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 


  • First trip:  Test Phases 1 thorough-3
  • Second trip: Test Phases 5 through 9, and will be 3 to 5 days
  • Third trip: Test Phase 11, and will be approximately one day
  • Fourth trip: Medical Evaluation and Fingerprinting, and will be approximately 3 days


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: 

  • Pre-schedule a ride along or tour with a District Station
  • Go for a ride a long where you live
  • Review the Denver Department of Safety Recruitment website for study material
  • Study for the written test
  • Begin to make physical fitness a way of life 

Learn more about Denver:
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For additional questions please contact:

Felisa Urdiales,  Senior HR Professional

(720) 913-3365


  • 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

Written 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.

Please see the current Police Officer 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.