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Requirements

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The Arvada Police Department is committed to hiring quality individuals. We hire candidates who meet the following requirements:

Age

21 years of age minimum.

Education

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.

  • AND
    • Out-of-state lateral candidates who can meet Colorado POST* requirements
      OR
    • Current Colorado POST-certified officers 
      OR
    • Entry-level candidates

*For more information on POST requirements, visit the Colorado Peace Officers Standards and Training web site. 

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.

Certification

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.