Qualifiers / Disqualifiers

Applicants for Police Officer must meet the following Qualifications:

Knowledge of:

  • Modern approved principles and practices of police work.
  • Controlling laws and ordinances, modern investigation and interviewing techniques.
  • Crime scene processing procedures.
  • First aid techniques

Ability to:

  • Interact tactfully, firmly, and courteously with the public to obtain information through effective interviews and interrogation.
  • Communicate clearly, concisely, and effectively, orally and in writing.
  • Analyze situations quickly and objectively to determine the proper courses of action to be taken.
  • Deescalate situations utilizing verbal skills.
  • Use of equipment, firearms, and vehicles used in law enforcement work.
  • Read, analyze, and interpret general Department periodicals, professional journals, policies, and procedures, or governmental regulations.
  • Respond to common inquiries from the general public, citizens, regulatory, or law enforcement agencies.
  • Write reports and business correspondence.


  • Valid Colorado driver’s license with safe driving record.
  • Certified as having successfully completed the basic course of an accredited police academy meeting Peace Officer Standards and Training requirements.
  • Current First Aid and C.P.R. card.


  • Must be at least 21 years of age at the time of appointment.

Automatic disqualifiers are as follows:

  • Incomplete application;
  • Omitting past employers, not listing all references;
  • More than five traffic tickets in three years;
  • Driver’s license suspension, revocation, or denial in the last; three years from the date of reinstatement;
  • DUI or alcohol-related offense in the last five years;
  • Violations of more than eight points or more in the last three years;
  • Convictions of any kind prohibiting a POST certificate;
  • Felony convictions;
  • Domestic violence convictions including deferred sentences;
  • Illegal marijuana use within the last two years;
  • Illegal drug other than marijuana in the last five years; and
  • Providing false or misleading information on the application or background questionnaire.