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Our officers are the face of the department and are responsible for keeping the residents and visitors of Denver safe. The ability to accomplish this mission is based on the journey that an applicant takes as they become a 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 accomplishing the job is priority.

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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.

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Lateral Application

The lateral application is now open at the links below;

Out of State Laterals, apply at this link

In State Laterals, apply at this link

Lateral Applicants must have two years of patrol service and currently employed with a city police department, county sheriff (patrol) deputy or state trooper capacity not including academy training at the time of application.

The Denver Civil Service Commission will host the lateral testing during the week of November 18th, 2019 for all in-state and out of state lateral candidates. Out of state candidates, please do not make travel plans until your application is confirmed by the Denver Civil Service Commission. The written / video test will be on November 18th, 2019 and the physical agility test will be on November 19th, 2019. You will schedule your lie detector test and appointment with the psychologist on an individual basis.  

This test will be for a Denver Police Department Lateral only academy scheduled to start on March 23rd, 2020. (Date Subject to change)

Please fill out the self-assessment and interest form to receive additional information about the Denver Police Department and the Denver Civil Service Commission.

Entry Level Applicants

Please fill out an interest form to receive additional information about the Denver Civil Service Commission and the Denver Police Department.

There is a confirmed Denver Police Academy that will start in November of 2020. The tentative schedule is to open the application and test during the first quarter of 2020.

Filling out the interest form will keep you up to date with the latest information about the upcoming testing process.  


Salary Information

Denver Police Department Salary based on year 2020


Police Officer Recruit                               



Police Officer - Fourth Grade                 



Police Officer - Third Grade                   



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Lateral Requirments

  • Minimum of two years patrol experience at the time of application to qualify for lateral status.

  • Receive lateral pay while you attend the Academy

  • Starting Pay: $75,225 annually for 2 to 4 years patrol experience (PO 2)

  • Starting Pay: $94,630 annually for 4+ years 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?