Application open through February 16th!
Upon successful completion of the Police Academy and obtaining the required POST certification, you will be promoted to the rank of Police Officer.

A police officer patrols assigned sectors and responds to calls from the communications center in order to keep the peace, provide assistance, and maintain positive visibility. Enforces federal, state and local laws and ordinances. Deters criminal activity and make arrests when necessary. Educates and communicates laws to public concerning traffic and criminal activity. Investigates and reports all criminal or suspicious activity through Department forms and documents. Renders aid to injured.

Job Summary

1.      Patrols assigned sector in marked police vehicle.
2.      Responds to calls from citizens.
3.      Provides assistance and keeps the peace.
4.      Locates and arrests suspects of crimes.
5.      Issues traffic and criminal summons when necessary.
6.      Intervenes in disturbances, fights, and altercations.
7.      Pursues fleeing suspects on foot or in vehicle.
8.      Climbs, crawls, jumps, and/or runs to pursue suspects and protect life.
9.      Pushes/pulls, lifts and/or carries persons and/or suspects who may be injured or unconscious.
10.     Makes forceful arrests.

Minimum Qualifications

This position is for applicants that have no prior law enforcement experience, or less than three years of paid experience as a law enforcement officer. The minimum qualifications for Police Recruit are:

  • You must be by the date of hire at least 21 years of age.
  • You must not have been convicted of a felony (this includes felony convictions as a juvenile).
  • You must not have been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence.
  • You must not have been convicted of a misdemeanor crime that would affect your ability to certify with the Colorado Police Officer Standards and Training (POST) Board. Visit the POST website at https://coloradopost.gov/node/556 for a list of misdemeanors that will preclude police officer certification.
  • You must have by the date of hire an Associate Degree or 60 college semester hours. A national or regional accrediting organization recognized by the United States Department of Education must accredit the school or institution granting the degree or credits. Candidates that do not meet educational minimums upon application must submit a statement from their school confirming that they are currently enrolled in a course of study that will allow the candidate to meet the minimum qualifications upon date of hire.  If you have not completed 60 college semester hours please click HERE for information on our alternative education option.
  • If hired, you will be required to furnish proof of your eligibility to work in the U.S.
  • You must not have been released or discharged from the Armed Forces of the United States under dishonorable conditions.
  • You must be in good physical condition and meet medical standards as established by the City of Colorado Springs Police Department.
  • You must have and maintain a valid driver’s license
By date of hire, candidates that have been selected for employment must possess and maintain a valid Colorado driver’s license.

In addition, failure to successfully meet all Testing and Performance Standards of the CSPD Police Academy shall constitute a failure to meet the minimum qualification of the position of police recruit.  This includes but is not limited to maintaining the required academic average on exams, passing the required number of academic and skills tests.

Supplemental Information

In order to be successful as a police recruit with the Colorado Springs Police Department, candidates should be able to:
  • Work under pressure and/or stress
  • Follow directions
  • Organize and plan
  • React effectively during non-routine situations
  • Adapt to changing environments
  • Effectively identify and resolve conflicts
  • Establish and maintain cooperative and constructive relationships
  • Identify with the customer and actively engage in customer service
  • Communicate in writing and orally
  • Remember instructions details
  • Use impartiality and objectivity
  • Use diplomacy and tactfulness

Colorado Springs Police Department
CSPD – 705 S. Nevada, 80903
Colorado Springs, Colorado, 80910 or 80903.

Tagged as: Justice & Law, Policing

About Colorado Springs Police Department

 With almost 700 diverse sworn officers, the CSPD offers opportunities and excitement for those choosing to serve our community as a police officer.  Since our humble beginnings in the late 1800's, the CSPD has maintained a standard of excellence that you would be proud to join.We embrace a proactive policing or Community Oriented Policing philosophy, rather than only crime response.  We seek to understand and focus on why crimes are committed and find ways to remove the conditions that are most likely to lead to criminal activity. We expect our officers to exhibit this philosophy and actively create community and police partnerships that identify problem and craft solutions.Through a rigorous testing and qualification process, we ensure that only the most qualified individuals earn the right to wear our badge. If you feel that you have the integrity, character and abilities required to proudly wear the uniform of a Colorado Springs Police Officer, you are invited to review our qualification information.If you have any questions regarding recruitment, please email our Recruiter, Officer Nick Ryland at rylandni@ci.colospgs.co.us