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Police Recruiting

Contact Information

  •   Dept Head: (Interim) Chief Terry Jones

Hiring FAQs

Do I have to be a POST certified or a Police Academy Graduate to be a Fort Collins Police Officer?

No, if hired, we will send you to a POST Police Academy at our expense.   You will be paid at the starting pay level until graduation from the police academy, at which time you will receive a pay raise to $70,948.   We also provide transportation to the academy (a van to carpool with other newly hired cadets).

Can military experience or previous work experience be substituted for the 60 semester hour/90 quarter hour requirement?

Although we value prior military and work experience, we do not allow for any substitutions to be made for the minimum education standards.

What is the hiring process for Police Officer?

https://www.fcgov.com/policejobs/hiring.php

What is the lateral entry pay program?

If you are currently serving as a full time police officer, have been for at least three years at time of hire, and are eligible for Colorado POST certification, you may qualify for the Lateral Entry Pay Program. Qualified candidates will start at the level (4) pay rate, which is currently $75,875. Qualified Lateral Entry Officers are also eligible for a onetime 80 hour award time (time off) bank in addition to the existing vacation and holiday time benefits.  12 months after you successfully complete the Field Training Program (approximately six months after hire), you are eligible to continue to top pay, which is currently $83,251.  You will be eligible for top pay in approximately 18 months after you are hired.   Lateral Pay Officers will complete our 9 week in-house academy and 15 week Field Training Officer program.

I’m currently POST certified, or certified in another state, but I don’t meet the criteria for the lateral entry pay program.

You will start at $70,948 as a Colorado POST certified (or a police officer in another state eligible for Colorado POST certification).  This included Colorado POST academy graduates that have not yet started employment as a police officer, as long as you are eligible for POST certification upon hire with us.   After you complete the Field Training Officer program, you will be eligible for a raise to $75,875 in 12 months, and then a raise to $83,251 18 months after that.  Therefore, you would be at top pay in approximately 3 years.   You will also receive a onetime 40 hour award time (time off) bank in addition to the existing vacation and holiday time benefits.

I’m not POST certified, or a lateral officer. How will my pay work?

You will start at $61,169.   Once you successfully graduation from the Police Academy, you will receive a raise to $70,948.   12 months after graduation from the Field Training Program, you will be eligible for a raise to $75,875.   18 months after this, you are eligible for top pay of $83,251.    You will obtain top pay in approximately 3.5 years.    You will receive a onetime award time (time off) bank of 20 hours upon your hire.

I live more than 200 miles from Fort Collins. How many times do I have to travel for the hiring process?

We offer an out of area testing week during each hiring process in which several of the components are compressed into a week.   If you continue to the end of the hiring process, you will only need to travel to Fort Collins twice.

What benefits will I receive?

https://www.fcgov.com/policejobs/benefits.php

Do I have to reapply if I am not selected during a hiring process?

You must reapply each time you intend to participate in a hiring process.

How long does the hiring process take?

We are very thorough, as we want to select the best possible police officers.   The process takes approximately six months.

Do you assist with on-going education if hired?

We provide up to $1500 a year in education reimbursement for our officers.

Do you have a minimum age restriction?

 Yes, you must be 21 years old at the close of applications to apply.

If hired, what training will I complete before being assigned to solo patrol?

If you are not POST certified when hired, you will complete a 22 week basic police academy, a 9 week in-house academy, and a 15 week Field Training Officer Program.

If you are POST certified, or a Lateral Officer, you will complete our in-house police academy and 15 week Field Training Program.

What is the in-house academy?

The in-house academy focuses on skills and training that we believe will give you the tools you need to be successful.   The academy is located at our police department, and is generally held Monday-Friday.

What equipment do I have to provide if I am hired?

We provide almost all equipment to you.  This includes duty gear, uniforms, iPhone, take home police vehicle, firearms, dry cleaning, in-car computer, and other gear.

What kind of Training will I receive after I am assigned to solo patrol?

We provide a minimum of 10 hours a month of in-service training to each patrol officer. We strongly believe in providing top quality training to our officers. Other training opportunities are also provided to officers.

I’d love to be a detective or in a special unit. Do I need to work a patrol officer first?

Working as a patrol officer is one of the most rewarding and exciting jobs in the world. This is where you develop the skills that build a base of experience that allow you to choose the course of your police career. Our patrol division allows many opportunities for investigation, community policing, and problem solving, and many police officers decide to work their entire career as a patrol officer. However, if you wish to pursue the opportunity to join a special unit, we ask that you serve as a patrol officer for at least two years before you compete in a selection process for a special unit.

What special units does the department have?

https://www.fcgov.com/policejobs/assignments.php