Police Officer (Lateral or POST Certified)

Littleton, CO
Littleton Police Department


  • Police Officer II: $101,204.
  • POST Certified Police Officer V: $76,265.

Closing Date: 1/5/2024

Position Summary:

The Police Officer performs assigned and self-initiated patrol activities during assigned patrol shifts or special assignments to enforce laws and applicable ordinances in order to maintain peace and order within the community. Responds to calls for service and assistance and initiates law enforcement contacts, as appropriate. Obtains appropriate information at the scene; determines whether a criminal or civil matter; evaluates information; determines if a criminal event has occurred and takes appropriate action. Provides information, advice and assistance regarding police and community services and crime prevention information. Operates assigned police vehicle, radio, telephone, personal computer with assigned software and uses authorized equipment and weapons, as appropriate, to perform essential job functions. Works under the direct supervision and direction of the assigned patrol sergeant.

Essential Functions:

  • Receives and responds to calls for service and assistance received from the communications center or from citizens of the community or other persons. Obtains and evaluates information; determines priority of action(s) necessary and takes appropriate action at the scene to detect and investigate crime and violations of law, protect and preserve life and property and enforce applicable laws and ordinances.
  • Initiates contact with reporting parties; criminal violators and suspects; victims and witnesses; and other persons as required or appropriate. Based upon probable cause, approaches, detains and takes custody of suspects; makes arrests; restrains and subdues suspects, as necessary and appropriate. Gathers information through interview and interrogation techniques. Records information and prepares interview notes and case reports. Searches people and property, as necessary and appropriate; collects and preserves evidence.
  • Performs traffic accident investigations and performs traffic enforcement activities during routine patrol, directed patrol and speed enforcement activities. Gathers and evaluates information and evidence from motorists and witnesses at the scene. Prepares accident reports. Issues summonses, as necessary. Requests medical assistance and provides first aid for injured persons, if required.
  • Gathers information, prepares and submits reports in conformance with established policy and procedures through the use of a personal computer. Prepares and issues citations to violators of the law or appropriate ordinances. Checks reports and citations for legal sufficiency, completeness, correct spelling, grammar and construction.
  • Through thoughtful and knowledgeable questioning, determines customer needs and the information or service to satisfy those need(s). Customers include, but are not limited to: the general public, including crime victims, witnesses, suspects; other city employees and department staff. Takes an appropriate course of action and provides other city staff members; employees of other law enforcement agencies; probation, parole and jail employees; employees of the district attorney’s office; employees of the department of motor vehicles; employees of ambulance companies and emergency medical treatment clinics with the necessary information.
  • Identifies and preserves crime scenes, as necessary, by photographing the scene, searching for clues, preserving evidence for later use and arresting criminal violators. Assists, coordinates and cooperates with other law enforcement officers and agencies; provides, obtains or coordinates information for crime-solving purposes.
  • Provides testimony in municipal, county and district court regarding police cases, including observations made, statements taken and evidence collected during a specific crime. Prepares for and provides courtroom testimony as necessary in the prosecution of persons accused of criminal activity and violations of the law or ordinances.
  • Operates an assigned police vehicle under normal and emergency driving circumstances, as authorized and in accordance with established department procedures and state law.
  • Provides information, advice and assistance to business-owners and employees, homeowners and citizens regarding crime prevention.
  • Operates a personal computer with assigned software to enter and retrieve data, write and review reports correspondence, forms, notes and other written materials from handwritten copy, handwritten notes, typed copy, interviews, taped voice recordings, in-person voice dictation and other source documents; checks for accuracy, completeness, correct spelling and grammar; reviews the work prior to obtaining approvals and signatures; makes and distributes copies as required. Requires proficiency in the use of a personal computer and word processing software and must have aptitude to learn various other computer software.
  • Supports the organizational mission, goals, values and management philosophy. Incorporates the Law Enforcement Code of Ethics into the day to day delivery of police services.
  • Maintains a positive image and projects an esprit de corps that gives the community the sense of confidence and trust that is essential when delivering law enforcement services.
  • Delivers the highest possible quality of service. Treats the community, other public safety agencies, and members of the department with the respect and the extra effort that typifies the best expectations of the Littleton Police Department.
  • Must be able to provide credible testimony.
  • May serve as an Emergency Worker.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the supervisor.


  • High school diploma or equivalent.
  • Completion of at least three (3) years of service as a full-time commissioned police officer, excluding part-time, military, detention or reserve police officer, within the six-month period preceding the date of application for a lateral entry position.
  • Lateral entry police officers most recent three years of commissioned police officer service evaluation(s) must be documented as satisfactory or above.
  • Must have no record of significant disciplinary actions for sustained violation(s) of law or policies for the three-year period immediately preceding the date of application for the position.
  • The Chief of Police, in his/her sole discretion, shall determine whether a disciplinary action, if any, is significant. In addition, the applicant must sign a waiver and release form as provided or deemed necessary by the City of Littleton and/or the applicant’s current and former employer(s) to permit the Chief of Police or other designated city employee unrestricted access to the applicant’s personnel file or other relevant employment records for all employers. The purpose of this access is to permit a review of the applicant’s current and former employment to determine qualification(s), suitability and fitness for employment with the Littleton Police Department.