The academy also conducts training for lateral recruit officers (persons with qualified prior law enforcement experience). Lateral recruits attend an abbreviated academy lasting seventeen weeks. They are held to the same standards as basic recruits and receive training to qualify for the Colorado POST. Those officers who are already Colorado POST Certified will not need to take the test again.. You will then be assigned to one of the six patrol districts and must also successfully complete field training & evaluation before serving in a solo field assignment.
Advanced pay scale based on years of service
A few reasons given by lateral officers for transferring over to Denver are:
I was a lateral officer from Los Angles County Sheriff'S Department and came to the Denver Police Department due to the lifestyle Denver offered and the career opportunities within the department.”
- Sgt. Jim Mair
Please fill out an interest form to receive the latest application information when it becomes available. The Denver Civil Service Commission will be testing in the fall of 2019 for lateral specific academies in 2020.
Minimum of two years patrol experience (not including time at an academy) to qualify for lateral status.
Receive lateral pay day one of the Denver Police Academy.
$75,225 annually for 2 to 4 years patrol experience
$94,630 annually for 4+ years patrol experience