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.
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Your application will be reviewed to ensure the qualifications are met. If they are not met, you will be contacted by a member of our Human Resources Department. If your application is accepted, you will be notified on how to proceed to the testing process.
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Suitability tests are designed to predict counterproductive behaviors, similar to those screened for during psychological evaluations and polygraph examinations.
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.
The board may ask questions in areas of judgment, communication skills, interpersonal relations, integrity, professional commitment, general demeanor, work experience and general knowledge.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Once the testing process is complete, the Professional Standards Section commander and staff from the Human Resources Department will decide whether to offer or decline employment based on your background and the needs of the Police Department.
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.
Have additional questions about our hiring process? Check out our FAQs page for more information.
For more information about Lakewood's training academy, check out our training academy overview.
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 that women possess these critically important characteristics in an officer, and LPD actively recruits and promotes them in our ranks. We 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.