Skip to main content

Police Recruiting

 Contact Information

  •   Dept Head: Chief Jeff Swoboda

Job Benefits

2019 Police Officer Salary Information

Fort Collins Police Services offers a competitive salary range. Top pay is typically attained within 3.5 years of employment (2.5 to 3 years for lateral pay program and POST certified hires)

  • Non-POST Certified Entry Level - $66,480
  • Post Certified Officers - $77,109
  • Lateral Officer Pay Program - $82,463
  • Top level - $90,480

POST certified (or serving in another state and eligible for Colorado POST certification) are also eligible for a onetime 40 hour award time (time off) bank in addition to the existing vacation and holiday time benefits.

Non-POST certified applicants are eligible for a onetime 20 hour award time (time off) bank in addition to the existing vacation and holiday time benefits upon hire.


Lateral Officer Entry Pay Program

Lateral Officer Entry Pay Program
 

An officer is considered a Lateral Hire if they meet the following criteria at the time of hiring:

  • They are a fully certified police officer in the state of Colorado or another state and are able to meet the Colorado POST requirements for certified officer; and
  • They have served as a full-time police officer for a minimum of two years; and
  • They have been employed in good standing within one year of the application date as a full-time police officer.

Vacation/Holiday/Award Time

Vacation/Holiday/Award Time
 
  • 80 hours of Holiday time each year
  • If you work on a holiday you can be paid 2 1/2 times your normal pay
  • You can earn up to 60 hours of award time a year through fitness testing and not utilizing sick days
  • Entry Level Officer earn 15 vacation days a year

Retirement

Retirement
 
  • Money Purchase Plan (401k) employee contribution of 8.5% with City contribution of 10%, fully vested after 3 years
  • Deferred Compensation Plan(457) with matching funds up to 3%
  • Retirement Health Care Savings Plan

Other Benefits

  • One to one take home car program
  • Comprehensive Medical/Dental/Vision coverage for family
  • Life Insurance/ Optional family coverage
  • Uniforms and cleaning provided
  • All equipment provided, including firearm.
  • Tuition reimbursement of up to $1500 a year for college courses at accredited schools