Become Part of the Future of Policing
Minimum Requirements for Recruits
Wheat Ridge Police Department applicants must:
Once a job offer is made, successful candidates attend the Police Academy at no cost to obtain POST Certification.
Police Officer applicants with less than three years of experience and POST certification from another agency or community college must also meet the minimum requirements listed above.
For lateral entry into the Wheat Ridge Police Department, applicants must:
If you have questions about our hiring process or about the culture of the department, please contact Sgt. Dawkins
Salary Range, (as of Jan. 2023) - $65,000 - $100,000
Officers will reach the top salary level of $100,000 six years after academy graduation.
Police Officer Pay Plan
POST Certified/Academy Competed
% spread between steps
The Hiring rate for Police Recruits is $65,000 annually. Non-certified applicants are hired as Police Recruits until successful completion of the academy and the Colorado P.O.S.T. examination, at which time they move to a P.O.S.T Certified Officer level and will earn $68,557 annually.
The Hiring rate for P.O.S.T Certified Level Police Officers and Lateral Police Officers is $68,557-$100,000 annually, based on years of experience, knowledge, skills and certifications.
- Competitive salary
- Paid Time Off
- Accrued at a rate of 12.5 PTO hours per month (approx. 162 hours per year)
- 80 hours of holiday leave in addition to accrued PTO
- Bereavement leave
- Retirement Plans
Candidates who accept a full time employment offer by the department, attend the Jefferson County Regional Training Academy which is paid by the Wheat Ridge Police Department. Following graduation, recruits join the department and undergo 12 weeks of field training.
The Wheat Ridge Police Department is proud of the number of officers currently serving our community who also have a history of serving our country in one of the armed forces.
In lieu of three years of demonstrated full-time work experience, applicants may apply having four years of Active Duty Military Service with an Honorable Discharge.
A DD214 must be submitted to support military years of service and type of discharge.