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 1.Schedule

We will conduct monthly testing to include the Written Examination, Essential Functions and Oral Board interview every 3rd full week of the month.   

After your application is reviewed, you will receive an invitation from Human Resources to schedule your testing.  

For our OUT OF STATE/LONG DISTANCE APPLICANTS, you will, upon successful completion of each step, complete up to the Written Examination, Essential Functions, Oral Board Interview, Polygraph and Job Suitability in one visit.  Two visits are required to complete all testing.  

For our IN-STATE APPLICANTS, you will be scheduled for all subsequent testing via Human Resources upon successful completion of the initial testing steps.  

Our two police training academies are scheduled in January and July, and the last testing date for the January class is in the preceding September, and the last testing date for the July class is in preceding March.   

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, and can be indoors or outdoors. 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.Oral Board 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 & Psychological Evaluation 

A medical exam and a separate psychological exam are conducted by a licensed professionals contracted by the city. When you are offered a job, it is contingent upon passing these exams, drug testing and receiving a favorable recommendation by these medical professionals.

Upon successfully completing all steps, you will be sent a formal written offer of employment!  


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