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21 years of age minimum.


Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university (final semester college seniors are eligible to apply).  If your degree was obtained outside the United States or outside a US territory, an Equivalency Report from an educational research organization will need to accompany your degree transcripts. 

These educational requirements will not be waived for any reason.

Medical Evaluation 

Must be able to pass a medical evaluation (at the department's expense) prior to employment. This is not a physical fitness/agility test, although the academy does have a rigorous fitness program. 

United States Citizenship

Applicant must be a United States Citizen or possess proper I-9 documentation; also must be able to communicate effectively in written and spoken English.


All sworn employees of the Arvada Police Department must be able to meet requirements of the Colorado Peace Officers Standards and Training certification. 

Other Requirements

A complete background investigation will be completed prior to hiring. All applicants should be aware of certain requirements that are inherent within the profession. These may be identified by character traits that include honesty, maturity, self-discipline, initiative, problem solving and an exceptional ability to deal frequently with traumatic occurrences.