Hiring Process


  • 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. Find out more about additional statutes that affect Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) certification.

The City of Lakewood does not have a residency restriction.


Step 1.Review open positions and apply

Check on our open positions.

Step 2.Application review

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.

Step 3.Contact a recruiter

Email lpdrecruiting@lakewoodco.org to speak to a recruiter. 


Step 2.Written Examination 

This examination consists of multiple choice questions, and measures the applicants cognitive ability and behavioral-orientation. 

Step 3.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. Watch a video of the Essential Functions Test.

Step 4.Panel Interview 

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

Step 5.Job Suitability Evaluation

You will be directed to complete a written job suitability evaluation screening instrument. Suitability tests are designed to predict counterproductive behaviors, similar to those screened for during psychological evaluations and polygraph examinations. This will be followed by an interview with a psychologist at a later time.

Step 6.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.

Step 7.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.


Next steps

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.

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.

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