The nationally recognized and accredited City of Lakewood Police Department is now accepting applications for the expected July 2023. Applications will be accepted through the City's website until March 2, 2023 at 11:59 pm. The City of Lakewood offers excellent compensation and benefits. New Recruits will be paid during their training, which includes a 24-week academy and 16 weeks of field training.
We are looking for lateral candidates or students who will have obtained their bachelor's degree by July 2023 and are interested in a career in law enforcement.
For more information please visit: joinlakewoodblue.com
Police Agent (Officer) Annual Salaries:
Upon Hire as an Academy Recruit: $69,700.80
Entry into Field Training: $74,360.00
Graduation from Field Training: $79,372.80
Two Years from Date of Hire: $84,697.60
Three Years from Date of Hire (Lateral & Veteran starting salary*): $90,438.40
Four Years from Date of Hire: $96,470.40 (Lateral with 4 years of patrol experience)
Five Years from Date of Hire: $103,916.80 (Lateral with 5 years of patrol experience)
All increases are contingent upon successful job performance and available budget dollars.
*Value Added Lateral Benefit: As of 2022, Lateral pay starts at $87,796.80 for those with at least 3 years of experience, 4 years come in at $93,662.40 and 5 years or more starts at $100,880.00. We will demonstrate our commitment to you by offering a value added lateral benefit of the most valuable incentive we could think of - TIME. You will start with 120 hours of Compensatory Time, 80 hours of Vacation Time and 20 hours of Sick Time - 220 total hours so you get back some of the benefits of the tenure you leave behind, which equates to over a $10,000 benefit.
*Military Leadership Incentive: The Lakewood Police Department values the leadership experience and service-minded culture of our Nation's military. To honor those values and to attract selected veterans as potential-hires for our police force, the Lakewood Police Department now offers starting lateral-transfer pay (which is $87,796.80), for veterans which fall into either one of the below categories:
- Any service member or veteran, E-5 and above, with a bachelor's degree and five years of active duty service.
- Any service member or veteran, E-5 and above, with a bachelor's degree and eight years of reserve/guard service or six years of reserve/guard service in a law enforcement AFSC/MOS/NEC.
This benefit extends only to veteran pay. All veterans must still submit a full application package (which will honor your Veterans Preference points), meet all of Lakewood's standards and complete the full police academy and field training.
Job Summary Description
In an entry or lateral capacity, performs Police Officer duties, including but not limited to communicating information, dealing with critical and dangerous situations, safely driving in routine and emergency situations, affecting arrests, transporting arrestees, gathering information from victims, witnesses and suspects, handling firearms with proficiency and safety, working a rotating shift.
Agent Opportunities: Patrol Agent, Traffic and Motorcycle Agent, Special Enforcement Team Agent, Police Academy Training Agent, Colorado Mills Mall Team Agent, K-9 Unit, Sector Liaison Unit Agent.
Investigative Opportunities: Major Crimes Detective, Crimes Against Children Detective, Juvenile Crimes Team Detective, Traffic Detectives, Theft Detective, Burglary Detective, Economic Crimes Detective, School Resource Officers, Metropolitan Auto Theft Task Force Detective, ATF Task Force Detective, Metro Gang Task Force Detective, Internal Affairs Detective, Sex Offender Tracking & Registration Detectives, Rocky Mountain Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory Detective, Special Investigations Unit.
Promotional Opportunities: Sergeant, Commander, Division Chief, Chief of Police
Additional Opportunities/Responsibilities: West Metro SWAT Team (Negotiations/Tactical Operators), Hazardous Materials Team, Firearms Instructors, Arrest Control Instructors, Drive Track Instructors, Recruitment Team Agents/Dispatchers, Crime Scene Investigator Agents, Peer Support Team Agents, Field Training Agents, Crisis Intervention Trained Agents/Coaches, Public Information Officer, Awards Committee, Employee Representative Committee, Speakers Bureau, Critical Incident Response Team, Child Abduction Response Team, Drug Recognition Expert Certifications, Bicycle Patrol Certification, Traffic Accident Investigator (Certifications I-IV), CIT Coach.
We are a nationally respected, CALEA-accredited department that offers highly competitive salaries that are among the highest in the region - as well as great opportunities for advancement. More than 70 police chiefs and law-enforcement leaders around the country got their start here. You'll work with people who value "Integrity, Intelligence & Initiative."
The Lakewood Police Department has a national reputation for excellence, however, it is our relationship with the Lakewood community we are really proud of. Our agents make a positive difference in the lives of our residents and the safety of our community.
The Lakewood Police Department began operations in May 1970. We have grown to a force of nearly 400 civilian and sworn employees.
A career with the Lakewood Police Department offers meaningful work, a chance to make a difference in the community, lifelong friendships, and the excitement of a career full of changing and unique, challenging experiences.
Located at the gateway to the fabulous Rocky Mountains, we serve an innovative community of more than 150,000, Colorado's fifth-largest city, known for its opportunities for outdoor adventure and urban amenities - both just minutes away.
If you are interested in applying and for the full job description, please visit our website: joinlakewoodblue.com