Qualifications and Disqualifications

General Qualifications

  • Must be a United States citizen or legal permanent resident who is lawfully present in the United States pursuant to Federal Law and § 24-76.5-103, C.R.S.
  • At least 18 years of age for most Civilian Positions, 21 for Commissioned.
  • High school graduate or G.E.D.
  • Possess Colorado Driver’s License at time of employment.
  • Ability to pass various qualifying exams and intensive background investigations.
  • Ability to pass polygraph, psychological, and medical exams.
  • Commissioned applicants must possess a certificate of completion from a P.O.S.T. recognized basic academy or fulfill requirements under P.O.S.T. Must have current P.O.S.T certification from State of Colorado. No provisional P.O.S.T. certifications accepted at this time.
  • Specific jobs may require further education and/or experience. See qualification details under job descriptions.

Disqualifications

  • Use of any illegal drugs in the last 3 years (not including marijuana)
  • Illegal possession or use of marijuana within the past one year for commissioned staff (possession or use while under 18 years old accepted, except within the last year.)
  • Civilian Staff must be able to pass a drug screen.
  • Intentional omissions or falsifications regarding any question in the employment application.
  • A court-martial resulting in dismissal of military service in the past five years.
  • Conviction of a felony offense.
  • Illegal distribution or manufacturing of a controlled substance for profit.
  • Refusal to consent or submit to a test for controlled substances and/or alcohol for the hiring use process.
  • Eluding a law enforcement officer at age 18 or older.
  • Drivers’ license suspension/revocation/denial within the past five years.
  • Two or more traffic convictions (six points or more each) in the past five years.
  • Three or more at-fault motor accidents in the last three years.
  • Conviction of DUI/DWAI/DUID in the past seven years.
  • More than one conviction for DUI/DWAI/DUID.
  • Falsification of any official document.
  • Testifying falsely under oath in court.
  • Knowingly offered, solicited, or accepted a bribe.
  • More than one sustained complaint and/or any suspension for excessive use of force.
  • Any unlawful sexual contact involving a child or animals.
  • Child abuse.
  • Any conviction for domestic violence (including deferred sentences in which a guilty plea or nolo contendere was entered).

POST disqualifiers

Denial, revocation, or suspension of a POST certification or a Colorado POST statutory conviction regardless of the violation date.