Become a Wheat Ridge Police Officer

Murtha, Chris

Welcome to the Wheat Ridge Police Department. 

Our officers and staff are dedicated to protect and serve the people of our City. We follow a community policing philosophy working in partnership to keep our community safe.

We hope you will consider becoming a member of the Wheat Ridge Police Department. .

Chief Chris Murtha

Join Our Team Today!

Learn more about the Wheat Ridge Police Department in our new video.

  1. Recruitment Team
  2. Academy
  3. Veterans
  4. Pay/Benefits

These members of the Wheat Ridge Police Department serve on the Recruitment Team. If you have questions about our hiring process or about the culture of the department, please contact one of these officers.

Current Opportunities

 For a listing of current career opportunities in Wheat Ridge, please visit Career Opportunities
 How does the selection process work? Read our Recruitment and Selection Guide.

Minimum Requirements for Recruits

Wheat Ridge Police Department applicants must:
  • Be at least 21 years of age
  • Have no felony convictions
  • Possess United States citizenship
  • Have attained at least 60 semester hours or 90 quarter hours from an accredited college or university or have four years of active duty military service with an honorable discharge
Once a job offer is made, successful candidates attend the Police Academy at no cost to obtain POST Certification.

POST Certification

Police Officer applicants with less than three years of experience and POST certification from another agency or community college must also meet the minimum requirements listed above.

Lateral Entry

For lateral entry into the Wheat Ridge Police Department, applicants must:
  • Be Colorado POST certified
  • Have at least three years of full-time law enforcement experience
  • Meet the minimum requirements
  • Successfully pass an application, resume, and cover letter evaluation
Officers hired at lateral entry will be placed in the pay range based on:
  • Years of experience
  • Knowledge
  • Skills
  • Certifications
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