Police Officer Recruit – Academy Sponsored

Grand Junction, CO
Grand Junction Police Department

The City of Grand Junction sponsors the Police Officer Recruit as a full-time employee with benefits while completing the Colorado Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Certified Basic Academy training program through Western Colorado Community College in Grand Junction, CO. The sponsorship is a generous opportunity that includes the payment of 100% tuition, required books, uniforms, and supplies.

Upon completion of training and graduation from the Academy with acceptable class standings, recruits begin a 16 week Field Training Officer (FTO) Program with the Grand Junction Police Department. Upon successful completion of FTO, recruits are released to solo patrol as a sworn Police Officer.

At the Grand Junction Police Department, we police with distinction. Our mission is to enforce the law, safeguard our community, and enhance its quality of life through the prevention, investigation, and reduction of crime. 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-9, bomb squad, crime lab, university campus policing, SWAT team, drug task force and other collateral assignments.

$23.00 Hourly


Attend, participate and successfully complete a POST certified police training academy and pass all required classes, scenarios, physical training ,and other assigned duties and tasks.

Patrol assigned district(s) within City limits; respond to radio dispatch calls for investigation of breaches of the peace and citizen complaints; perform preliminary and initial investigations at scenes; prepare citations and summonses; make arrests and transport individuals; appear in court to offer testimony relative to the investigation of incidents; prepares a variety of reports and records; and offer assistance to citizens.


• Good physical condition
• Minimum of 21 years of age, as of date of hire
• 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 license
• Good moral character (past criminal activity may be disqualifying – see list)
• Ability to work a variety of shifts, including weekends and holidays