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Lateral Entry

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The Arvada Police Department recognizes that Lateral-Entry Candidates can bring advanced skills and work experience to our department. 

Interested out-of-state lateral candidates must qualify for certification under Colorado POST regulations.

Any current lateral law enforcement officers in Colorado may apply.

Minimum Qualifications

In addition to the normal minimum qualifications for police officer, lateral entry candidates will:

  • Possess a Colorado P.O.S.T. Certification with a minimum of one-year's experience as a patrol officer with a civilian law enforcement agency having a policing environment similar to that found in most urban or suburban settings.
  • If an out-of-of state lateral candidate, the candidate must have the ability to test out and obtain Colorado POST certification. For more information on test out procedures, visit the Colorado POST Provisional Certification page. 
  • Whether a candidate is a current officer or one who left policing in good standing, they must provide for a full and unconditional release of prior personnel records including disclosure of the existence and content of any sealed files.

Examination Process

  • Lateral entry candidates must participate in all Arvada screening and testing processes for police officer.
  • The Oral Interview for lateral candidates will focus on the advanced skills expected of an experienced police officer. Oral Board members may consist of two Sergeants, one Commander, and one Deputy Chief.

Field Training

  • Lateral entry candidates will be allowed to accelerate through the field-training program as capable. Lateral candidates must complete the Field Training Program as designed but the training time frame may be modified by the FTO Coordinator on a case-by-case basis.


Lateral entry candidates are compensated based on years of experience and employment at a comparable size agency. Please see Police Salary and Benefits for additional benefit information.  

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