Certified or Lateral Police Officer


 Opening Date

April 6, 2012

Closing Date


Pay Range (Dependent On Qualifications)

$25.04 - $30.38



Grand Junction, Colorado is the gateway to the mountains and Canyonlands of western Colorado and eastern Utah. Centrally located between Denver (250 miles east) and Salt Lake City (270 miles west), Grand Junction is surrounded by 1.2 million acres of public land and has easy access to the Rocky Mountains and western Colorado’s incredible landscape. Visitors and residents enjoy world-class whitewater rafting on the Colorado and Green Rivers, golfing, fishing, skiing and snowboarding on the slopes of nearby Powderhorn Ski Resort, and exploring mountain bike and hiking trails through the Colorado National Monument and the Grand Mesa. Grand Junction hosts several community and cultural events throughout the year including baseball games at the Junior College World Series, downtown events and festivals, and wine sampling at the many area wineries. Grand Junction serves as a regional hub for retail, transportation, higher education and exceptional medical care.


At the Grand Junction Police Department we police with distinction. Our mission is excellence in policing through teamwork and partnerships, and our core values are integrity, teamwork, and respect. Due to our geographic location, the Grand Junction Police Department provides a full range of high quality policing services found in few departments our size including: a motorcycle unit, K-9s, bomb squad, crime lab, university campus policing, SWAT team, drug task force and other collateral assignments.

The City offers competitive salaries and benefits and a commitment to on-going training. Based on job performance, many Police Officers reach the top of the pay range within two years.



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Patrols assigned district(s) within City limits; responds to radio dispatch calls for investigation of breaches of the peace and citizen complaints; performs preliminary and initial investigations at scenes; prepares citations and summonses; makes arrests and transports individuals; appears in court to offer testimony relative to the investigation of incidents; prepares a variety of reports and records; and offers assistance to citizens.



Good physical condition

Minimum of 21 years of age

Minimum vision corrected to 20/40 in worst eye and 20/20 in best eye

High school diploma or equivalent

Possession of, or ability to obtain, valid Colorado driver’s license

Good moral character (past criminal activity may be disqualifying – see list)

Ability to work a variety of shifts, including weekends and holidays



Certified or Certifiable Officers

New hires who have graduated from a Colorado police academy but have less than three years of experience as an officer start at $26.30 per hour.

Lateral Entry Officers

Officers with a minimum of three years of experience with one department as a Police Officer start at $27.62 per hour.




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