Lakewood Police Department

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Hiring Process for New Recruits

1. Make sure you meet the minimum requirements.

Minimum requirements include:

  • Bachelor’s degree in any discipline
  • At least 21 years of age at time of appointment
  • U.S. Citizen or proper I-9 documentation
  • Other essential functions listed in the hiring process job description
  • Other than drug offenses, no commission of any felony, convicted or not, after the age of 17
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license

Failure to meet the above minimum requirements are examples of automatic disqualifications and are not all inclusive. Additional statutes that affect Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) certification can be found on the Colorado Attorney General’s website.

The City of Lakewood does not have a residency restriction.

2. Sign up to be notified when we are accepting applications.

Sign up by checking the box for Public Safety on this page:

3. Submit your application when the position is open.

4. Your application is reviewed, and if it meets our criteria you move to the testing process.

Your application will be reviewed to ensure the qualifications are met. If they are not met, you will be contacted by a member of Employee Relations. If your application is accepted, you will be notified on how to proceed to the testing process.

5. Testing takes place.

Testing Process:

View the January 2020 recruiting schedule

Suitability Test
Suitability tests are designed to predict counterproductive behaviors, similar to those screened for during psychological evaluations and polygraph examinations.

Video Test
Police Officer Entry-Level 302 is a video-based test designed to assess the critical abilities of entry-level police officer candidates using work samples. Instructions and a countdown timer are embedded in the video to make administration easy.

Oral Board
The board may ask questions in areas of judgment, communication skills, interpersonal relations, integrity, professional commitment, general demeanor, work experience and general knowledge.

Job Suitability Evaluation
You will be directed to complete a written job suitability evaluation screening instrument. This will be followed by an interview with a psychologist at a later time.

Polygraph & Background Investigation
All applicants take a polygraph examination. The polygraph is used in review of an applicant’s qualifications and suitability. Applicants are investigated as to character, conduct, driving record, employment history, criminal history and references.

Medical Examination
A medical exam is conducted by a licensed physician contracted by the City. When you are offered a job, it is contingent upon passing the exam, drug testing and receiving a favorable recommendation by the physician. You will be sent a formal written offer of employment.

Essential Functions Examination
The essential functions test is an obstacle course approximately 200 yards long. While wearing a police duty belt carrying standard police equipment, you must climb over a six-foot and a four-foot fence, duck under and run around various obstacles, climb stairs, identify a suspect, jump onto and off a platform and drag a 150-pound dummy 24 feet, all within a certain time limit.

6. An employment decision is made.

Once the testing process is complete, the Professional Standards Section commander and members from the Employee Relations Department will decide whether to offer or decline employment based on your background and the needs of the Police Department.

Training Academy

The Regional Training Academy conducted by the Lakewood Police Department and Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office allows law enforcement agencies from all over the metro area to train their recruits the same way at the same time. The police recruit academy is a full-time, 24-week training program. During the academy training, recruits receive instruction in firearms, arrest control, driving, the Colorado Criminal Code, Municipal Penal and Traffic Code, Spanish language for law enforcement, police department policies and procedures and in-depth officer safety training.

Recruits receive a salary while attending the academy and are eligible for a salary increase upon successful completion.

Following the academy, recruits enter a 16-week field training program. Recruits are paired with highly trained agents and work four 10-hour shifts each week. Field training is intended to give recruits instruction, direction, supervision, guidance and experience so they may develop good judgment, efficiency and good habits of conduct and appearance.

Read firsthand accounts blogged by real Lakewood Police recruits attending the training academy:

Hiring Process for Lateral Transfers

Lakewood recognizes the value of hiring experienced and trained police personnel through a lateral entry program. Applicants must meet the hiring requirements for the City of Lakewood, including medical, psychological and physical abilities test. Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree in any discipline and be at least 21 years of age. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or have proper I-9 documentation to work in the United States. Applicants must have an active peace officer certification and at least three years of patrol experience. Lateral Agents may have an abbreviated police training.

See steps 2 and 3 above to sign up to be notified when we are accepting applications or to submit your application.

Women in Policing

What comes to mind when you think of a police officer?

If you immediately picture a man, you should know that today’s most effective police forces exhibit a strong and diverse makeup of intelligent, dedicated and compassionate people.

Lakewood Police Department has garnered national recognition for our community-based approach to law enforcement. This proactive style of policing relies on each officer’s strong ethics as well as excellent interpersonal and conflict-resolution skills. We recognize women, especially, possess these critically important characteristics in an officer, and LPD actively recruits and promotes them in our ranks. LPD takes great pride in the level of professionalism shared by all our employees. We understand women bring a unique dynamic to the job and are among our team’s strongest assets.

If you seek a rewarding and challenging career – one that will test all of your skills and provides lots of opportunities for advancement – law enforcement may be right for you.