Become Part of the Future of Policing
Minimum Requirements for Recruits
Wheat Ridge Police Department applicants must:
Once a job offer is made, successful candidates attend the Police Academy at no cost to obtain 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.
For lateral entry into the Wheat Ridge Police Department, applicants must:
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 Sgt. Sailor
Officer Bauth Officer Cook Sgt Dawkins Det Eversole
Officer Fischer Sgt Gross Officer Holliday Officer McCarthy
Officer Neyra Officer Reetz Sgt Watson Sgt Sailor
Salary Range, (as of Jan. 2022) - $63,860 - $95,790
Officers will reach the top salary level of $95,790 six years after academy graduation.
The Hiring rate for Police Recruits is $63,860 annually. Non-certified applicants are hired as Police Recruits until successful completion of the academy and the Colorado P.O.S.T. examination, at which time they move to a P.O.S.T Certified Officer level and will earn $66,500 annually.
The Hiring rate for P.O.S.T Certified Level Police Officers and Lateral Police Officers is $68,557-$95,790 annually, based on years of experience, knowledge, skills and certifications.
Paid Time Off - Personal Time-Off is accrued at a rate of 12.5 PTO hours per month, which equates to approximately 162 hours per year for vacations, medical/dental appointments, personal business, child care issues, bereavement, family emergencies, off-the-job injury, incidental illness, incidental care for family members, and all other absences not covered under another plan.
- Extended Sick Leave
- Ten Official Holidays
- Group Term Life Insurance
- Short Term Disability
- Long Term Disability
- Retirement Plans
- ICMA-Retirement Corp. – Police Recruits contribute 4%/City contributes 4%; five year, vesting period
- ICMA Retirement Corp. – Immediately, sworn team members and the City contribute 11%; Seven year vesting period.
- Additional voluntary benefits are also available.
Candidates who accept a full time employment offer by the department, attend the Jefferson County Regional Training Academy which is paid by the Wheat Ridge Police Department. Following graduation, recruits join the department and undergo 12 weeks of field training.
To apply go to ci.wheatridge.co.us
The Wheat Ridge Police Department is proud of the number of officers currently serving our community who also have a history of serving our country in one of the armed forces.
While the City prefers that all Police Officer and Police Recruit applicants (without Military service) have at least 60 semester hours, or 90 quarter hours from an accredited college or university in a non-vocational school.60 semester hours or 90 quarter hours from a non-vocational accredited college or university. This requirement can be waived in lieu of four years of Active Duty Military Service with an Honorable Discharge.
A DD214 must be submitted to support military years of service and type of discharge.
What is Relationship-Based Policing?
The Wheat Ridge Police Department focuses on relationship-based policing which is defined as strengthening connections between the Wheat Ridge Police Department, City government, and the community through interactions and dialogue that build mutual respect and trust. Together we share the responsibility to develop strategies to decrease crime and increase quality of life for everyone who lives, works, plays, and travels within the City of Wheat Ridge.
We are committed to a relationship-based policing philosophy as a method to reduce crime and create a better quality of life for the people of Wheat Ridge. This approach includes engaging in community relationships, solicitation of and responsiveness to community input, and applying a problem-solving approach to community safety and quality of life issues.
What is a Mental Health Co-Responder?
Another way the Wheat Ridge Police Department pursues better relationships with the community and a more collaborative approach to policing is through use of a full-time Mental Health Co-Responder.
Co-Responder programs utilize a mental health professional embedded in law enforcement agencies to assist in de-escalation, support in stabilizing a crisis through clinical and needs assessment, and to connect people with appropriate mental health, substance abuse, and other services after a crisis. Co-Responders provide follow-up support, field responses, and interventions for community members in Wheat Ridge who are experiencing a mental health crisis or other mental health issue.
To see what else we're doing to promote Relationship-Based Policing, check out our page What's Up Wheat Ridge.
The Wheat Ridge Police Department currently has openings for new recruits in the Patrol Operations Division.
We are looking for candidates who not only do the right thing but have the courage to stand up for what is right, even when it is not popular
Successful applicants to the Wheat Ridge Police Department Patrol Operations Division must:
- Enjoy people and building relationships
- Have a passion for public service and a need to serve others
- Want to improve our community and the lives of those who live here
- Be willing to solve problems and effectively address concerns in our community
- Be proud of the person reflected in the mirror
We hope you will consider becoming a member of our family.
Chief Chris Murtha, Wheat Ridge Police Department