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Selection Process

The selection process will include the steps listed below. All candidates will be notified following completion of each phase of the process whether or not they have been selected to continue in the process. The candidates will receive an email from Human Resources. You will be contacted as soon as information is available.


Applications will be screened prior to the test dates. An official copy of the candidate's collegiate transcript will requested during the final stages of the hiring process. 

Out-of-state lateral candidates must have three years of law enforcement experience to qualify for POST certification under Colorado regulations.

Candidates who do not meet the minimum qualifications will be notified by email. Candidates who are eligible to participate in further testing will be advised how to proceed by email. The instructions and attached documents will explain the next steps required to participate in testing. All documents submitted with an application become the property of the City of Arvada and will not be returned.

Personal History Questionnaire (PHQ)

Applicants should be advised that any misrepresentation, falsification, omission, or deception regarding information contained on the PHQ will be grounds for disqualification from the testing process. All information provided will be confirmed and investigated during the polygraph interview and background investigation.

Prior to testing participating candidates will be emailed a Personal History Questionnaire to be completed prior to the start of testing. The PHQ will cover information to include, but not limited to:

  • Criminal and driving history
  • Drug and alcohol use
  • Personal references, residential history
  • Education and training credentials
  • Undetected criminal activity
  • Personal pages on the internet 
  • Employment history
  • Financial history
  • Military service

Testing process

The initial testing process consists of four phases all administered on the same day.

The tests include a

  • written exercise
  • comprehensive personality profile
  • mental stress test
  • aptitude test

Oral Board Interview

The oral board interview is conducted in front of a panel of assessors from within the police department and city government. The interview covers various issues that face police officers, and is a forum for candidates to express their opinions and respond to difficult situations.  


The polygraph examination will investigate the candidate's personal history.  See below for further information.     

Psychological Evaluation

The psychological evaluation will be performed and certified by a psychiatrist or psychologist selected by, and at the expense of, the Arvada Police Department.

Background Investigation

Including, but not limited to, contact with former employers, associates, neighbors, and other pertinent sources. Investigators will research the applicant's military history, school records, police records, driving record, and personal history responses.

Physical Examination

Upon conditional offer of employment - includes drug screening.

Academy Training

Candidates who are offered employment and are not certified as a Peace Officer in the State of Colorado will attend a police academy at the expense of the department at the position of Police Recruit. Recruits who fail any component of the academy training or the Colorado P.O.S.T. Board Certification Examinations will be dismissed from employment.

Field Training Program 

Certified candidates and graduating Police Recruits will then participate in the departments Orientation and Field Training Officer (FTO) Program. The program includes daily evaluation of the new officer's performance