Police Officer

Fort Collins, CO
Fort Collins Police Services

REQUISITION #: req7436
DEPARTMENT: Police Administration
BENEFIT CATEGORY: Police (CBU) View Classifications & Benefits
EMPLOYMENT TYPE: Full-Time Regular
ANNUAL SALARY RANGE: $81,751.00 – 111,264.00 (Salaries are paid biweekly)
SELECTION PROCESS: Application deadline is 3:00 p.m. MT on 3/1/2024.

Must have a minimum of 60 semester or 90 quarter hours from an accredited college or university before date of hire, and a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA. Transcripts are required for verification. A waiver for a portion of this educational requirement may be granted for lateral officer applicants and for military veterans. See the application for details.

Application Instructions and Process Information

You will receive an email acknowledgment when you have successfully submitted an application. Your completed application will be forwarded to the hiring manager. You will be notified if you are selected for further testing or interviews. Please keep your contact information up-to-date. The status of your application will be updated in your applicant profile. Background check & motor vehicle report required. Drug test required within four calendar days (96 hours) of offer.

Why Work For the City of Fort Collins?

  • Medical, dental, vision (for self, spouse, domestic partner, children) – eligible on the 1st of the month following date of hire
  • Paid vacation, paid holidays, sick leave, and additional one-time bank of 40 PTO hours for new, full-time, Classified and Unclassified Management hires
  • Retirement + company contributions – after 6 month probation period and immediate vesting
  • Flexible spending: Medical expenses FSA, dependent FSA or both
  • Employee Assistance Program: counseling, legal, financial assistance
  • Life insurance, short-term and long-term disability
  • Wellness program, workout facilities
  • Employee/family onsite health clinic
  • Learning and development opportunities at all levels in the organization with opportunities for career mobility
  • Collaborative work environment

To learn more about The City of Fort Collins and Our Community, please read Our Community and Our Organization Brochure

Job Summary

Work related to the enforcement of laws and regulations, crime prevention, and the protection of life and property. These are sworn positions.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The following duties and responsibilities are illustrative of the primary functions of this position and are not intended to be all inclusive.

  • Affect an arrest, forcibly if necessary, using handcuffs and other restraints; subdue resisting suspects using maneuvers and approved weapons in self-defense; process and transport people taken into custody or detained.
  • Prepare investigative and other reports, including sketches, using appropriate grammar, symbols, and mathematical computations.
  • Exercise independent judgment in determining when and to what extent force may be used, and when there is reasonable suspicion to detain or probable cause to search and arrest.
  • Safely operate a law enforcement vehicle both day and night, in emergency situations involving speeds in excess of posted limits, in congested traffic and on unsafe road conditions.
  • Communicate effectively with dispatchers and other police personnel utilizing laptop computer and radio.
  • Gather appropriate information from victims, suspects, witnesses, and confidential informants.
  • Properly handle and use weapons and/or firearms from a variety of body positions, under conditions of stress that justify the use of deadly force, and perform at levels of proficiency prescribed in certification standards.
  • Perform searches, which may involve walking for long periods, and stopping and detaining suspicious vehicles and persons.
  • Engage in patrol functions that include rotating shifts, foot patrol, and physical security checks of buildings.
  • Effectively communicate with people in order to inform and direct, mediate disputes, and advise individuals of legal rights.
  • Effectively communicate with people in court and other formal settings, including public speaking engagements.
  • Detect and collect evidence and substances related to criminal offenses, often in dangerous conditions.
  • Perform rescue functions at accidents, emergencies, and disasters that may involve physically moving people away from dangerous situations, or evacuating people from particular areas.
  • Read and comprehend legal and non-legal documents, including the preparation and processing of such documents as citations, affidavits, and warrants.
  • Interact cooperatively with co-workers and members of the community.
  • Report to work on time and maintain an acceptable attendance record.

Management Responsibilities


City Competencies

  • Demonstrated cultural competence to effectively interact, work, and develop meaningful relationships with people of diverse identities, perspectives, and cultural backgrounds.
  • Strong learning orientation. Leverages all resources and is creative in ways of learning for self to continue adapting to changing issues and trends.
  • A desire and ability to understand the diverse needs of internal and external customers, and to create experiences and deliver services that exceed their expectations.
  • A desire and ability to utilize digital tools for organizational information, individual, and teamwork.

Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities

  • Interest in and aptitude for police work.
  • Ability to understand and apply criminal and civil laws, and department policies and procedures.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to act with tact and impartiality.
  • Ability to make complete and appropriate decisions in what can be a highly stressful environment.
  • Ability to be detail oriented and to exercise a high degree of independent judgment.
  • Ability to effectively deal with and resolve emergency and high stress situations involving other persons while maintaining emotional stability, self-control, control of the situation and flexibility.
  • Ability to perceive and discern community issues or individual’s problems; collect data quickly and accurately; draw valid conclusions; and develop modern and data-based approaches to situations.
  • Ability to wear equipment belt, weighing approximately 15-20 lbs for continuous duty periods of 8-12 hours or longer if required by situation.
  • Ability to operate in-vehicle mobile data terminals, other computers, and radios sufficiently to communicate with Dispatch and other Police personnel.
  • Ability to wear a uniform to department policy.

Required Qualifications


High School Diploma or GED and a minimum of 60 semester or 90 quarter hours from an accredited college or university and a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA. Transcripts are required for verification.

Certifications/Licenses/Specialized Training

  • Valid driver’s license. Colorado Peace Officer Certification CPR/First Aid Certification Intoxilizer/Standard Field Sobriety Maneuvers Certification Nystagmus Interpretation (eye movement to determine intoxication level) Certification CCIC/NCIC Certification