Become Part of the Future of Policing 

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

Minimum Requirements for Recruits

Wheat Ridge Police Department applicants must:

  • Be at least 21 years of age
  • Have no felony convictions
  • Be a U.S. Citizen or possess an I-9
  • Prefer 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 OR a combination of the two.
  • Consideration will also be given to those with reserve duty military experience.

Recruitment and Selection Guide

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

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

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.

Murtha, Chris

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