Police Agent (January 2018 Academy)

Agency: Lakewood Police Department

Location: Lakewood CO

Industry: Protective Service

Occupational Category: Law Enforcement


Closing Date/Time:           Mon. 05/22/17 5:00 PM Mountain Time

Salary:                                  $57,283.20 - $85,363.20 Annually 

Job Type:                            Regular Full-Time


The nationally recognized and accredited City of Lakewood Police Department is now accepting applications for the expected January 2018 Academy.

Please Note: This position is for New Recruits and Lateral Police Agents. 

Applications will be accepted through the City's website until May 22, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. MST. No late entries will be permitted. Testing for the position is expected to begin at the end of June 2017.

We are an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourage ethnic minorities and women to apply. The City of Lakewood offers excellent benefits.

Please visit our new Police Recruiting website at 
http://joinlakewoodblue.com for more information about the Lakewood Police Department.

To qualify as a Police Agent Recruit you must meet the following requirements:

·         Must be at least 21 years of age, and

·         Have obtained a Bachelor's Degree in any discipline from a nationally accredited university by January 2, 2018.

Other State requirements for Police Officers in Colorado, including Lakewood Police Lateral Agents include:

·         No felony convictions.

·         No convictions of misdemeanor crimes 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. Generally, traffic violations do not fall under these restrictions; however, you must possess and maintain a valid Colorado driver's license by the date of hire.


To apply as a Lateral Police Officer, you must meet the above listed criteria and the following:

·         Possess an active Colorado Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) certification or an active state equivalent,

·         not currently under Internal Affairs investigation for any reason,

·         a minimum of three (3) years of experience as a POST certified full-time law enforcement officer in a policing environment similar to that found in most urban and suburban setting.


Please Note:

The following types of experience are NOT regarded as "law enforcement" experience for the purpose of Lateral to the Lakewood Police Department:

·         Deputy/Officer employed in a jail/prison setting

·         "Full Service" employment in a university setting

·         A volunteer reserve police officer

·         A military police officer

·         A District Attorney investigator

·         Employment on a part-time basis; or

·         Time spent in a training academy.


Salary Information:

$57,283.20 annually - Starting Pay when hired into Academy 
$61,152.00 annually - Increase effective upon successful completion of Police Academy and entry in to Field Training  
$65,249.60 annually - Increase effective upon successful completion of Field Training
$69,638.40 annually - Increase after 2 years of hire and upon successful completion of Probationary Period
$74,360 annually - Increase after 3 years from date of hire as Police Recruit. Lateral hire starting pay.
$79,331.20 annually - Increase after 4 years from date of hire as Police Recruit.
$85,363.20 annually - Increase after 5 years from date of hire as Police Recruit. (This is our top step for Police Agents, salary is studied annually and adjusted accordingly.)

Agent Opportunities: Patrol Agent, Traffic and Motorcycle Agent, Special Enforcement Team Agent, Police Academy Training Agent, Colorado Mills Mall Team Agent, K-9 Unit, Sector Liaison Unit Agent.

Investigative Opportunities: Major Crimes Detective, Crimes Against Children Detective, Juvenile Crimes Team Detective, Traffic Detectives, Theft Detective, Burglary Detective, Economic Crimes Detective, School Resource Officers, Metropolitan Auto Theft Task Force Detective, ATF Task Force Detective, Metro Gang Task Force Detective, Internal Affairs Detective, Sex Offender Tracking & Registration Detectives, Rocky Mountain Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory Detective, Special Investigations Unit.

Promotional Opportunities: Sergeant, Commander, Division Chief, Chief of Police

Additional Opportunities/Responsibilities: West Metro SWAT Team (Negotiations/Tactical Operators), Hazardous Materials Team, Firearms Instructors, Arrest Control Instructors, Drive Track Instructors, Recruitment Team Agents/Dispatchers, Crime Scene Investigator Agents, Peer Support Team Agents, Field Training Agents, Crisis Intervention Trained Agents/Coaches, Public Information Officer, Awards Committee, Employee Representative Committee, Speakers Bureau, Critical Incident Response Team, Child Abduction Response Team, Drug Recognition Expert Certifications, Bicycle Patrol Certification, Traffic Accident Investigator (Certifications I-IV), CIT Coach.


Job Summary Description

In an entry or lateral capacity, performs Police Officer duties, including but not limited to communicating information, dealing with critical and dangerous situations, safely driving in routine and emergency situations, effecting arrests, transporting arrestees, gathering information from victims, witnesses and suspects, handling firearms with proficiency and safety, working a rotating shift. New Recruits will be paid during their training, which includes a 24 week academy and 16 weeks of field training.


 Major Tasks, Duties, and Responsibilities:

(This job description does not intend to list every function of the position.)

Communicating Through Radio (Duties Include): Comprehending radio transmissions being received over multiple law enforcement radio channels. Communicating information effectively while transmitting on the radio.


Dealing with High Pressure and Potentially Dangerous Situations (Duties Include): Recognizing situations of potential danger to police per­sonnel, citizens, traffic and surrounding property. Exercis­ing sound judgment in dealing with critical situations. Maintaining calm in high pressure or dangerous situations.


Detecting and Collecting Evidence (Duties Include): Providing a basis for probable cause that a crime has been committed and indicates who committed it.


Driving (Duties Include): Operating a law enforcement vehicle safely in non-emer­gency (routine) and emergency situations. Responding to the radio-mike while performing multiple functions in­cluding; floor pedals, gearshift, steering wheel and the radio (during both day­light and dark hours); in excess of posted speed limits; in congested traffic conditions; in unsafe road conditions caused by such factors as rain, ice, snow, fog, smoke, etc.


Effecting Arrests (Duties Include): Determining if probable cause exists for arrest. Effecting arrests using the techniques and equipment appropriate to meet the resistance presented by suspects. Taking photo­graphs of and obtaining fingerprints from arrested sus­pects. Transporting arrestees and mental subjects using appropriate force and restraint.


Handling Abuse (Duties Include): Both verbal and physical when dealing with hostile sus­pects and others encountered in antagonistic environments.


Information Gathering and Disseminating (Duties In­clude): Effectively communicating with people of all ages from diverse eco­­nomic, cultural and ethnic back­­grounds while providing information and directions, mediating disputes, advising of rights and legal processes and testifying in judicial setting. Using proper phone procedures. Gathering information by interviewing victims, witnesses and suspects.


Performing Patrol Functions (Duties Include): Work­ing rotating shifts. Walking on foot patrol. Check­ing doors and windows for security. Performing First Aid/CPR functions at accident and disaster scenes. Removing in­jured people from dangerous situations by lifting, drag­ging, or carrying them. Directing traffic. Safely conduct traffic stops on traffic violators. Controlling crowds. Recognizing potentially dangerous situations and evacuat­ing people from affected area. Stopping and detaining suspicious vehicles and persons. Performing searches of people, vehicles, buildings and outdoor areas.

Reporting/Form Completion (Duties Include): Selecting and utilizing appropriate report forms. Using appropriate grammar and construction in the thorough preparation of investigative reports, summonses, affidavits, warrants and other required forms.


Utilizing Firearms (Duties Include): Loading, unloading, aiming and firing handguns from a variety of positions at levels of proficiency and safety prescribed by qualification standards.


NOTE: A Police Agent should maintain a level of physical fitness to be able to safely perform all duties, especially those requiring maximum levels of exertion, e.g., arrest control, suspect chase.



 Essential Qualifications:

Education: A bachelor's degree in any discipline from an accredited institution of higher learning or from an accredited program. The accreditation must be recognized by the US Department of Education or the Council on Higher Education Accreditation. It is the applicant's responsibility to have degrees from foreign universities professionally assessed prior to the start of the Background process.


Age: At least twenty-one (21) years of age at time of hire.


Citizen of the United States, or proper I-9 documenta­tion (https://www.uscis.gov/sites/default/files/files/form/i-9.pdf).







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