Become a Wheat Ridge Police Officer

Welcome to the Wheat Ridge Police Department, where exceptional people deliver exceptional service. 

Our officers and staff follow a community policing philosophy which means we work in partnership with our community to protect lives and property.

We hope you will consider joining our department and the dedicated men and women committed to serving the City of Wheat Ridge.

Chief Dan Brennan

Chief Dan Brennan

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  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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