Become a Wheat Ridge Police Officer

The Wheat Ridge Police Department serves a town of 30,000 residents and in addition to duties involving law enforcement, crime prevention and safety education, officers and staff make a significant contribution to the quality of life in the City. Wheat Ridge is host to many special events and annual celebrations in which personnel participate; in their professional roles with the Police Department as well as on a personal level with friends and family. There are a number of development projects underway in the City, the G Line commuter rail station is scheduled to open later this year, and there are a variety of housing options available with many new townhome and apartments planned to open in 2018-19.


Exceptional people providing exceptional service.


The Wheat Ridge Police Department is committed to providing the highest standards of service in partnership with the community.

Current Opportunities

For a listing of current career opportunities in Wheat Ridge, please visit Career Opportunities.

How does the selection process work? Read our Recruitment and Selection Guide.

Minimum Requirements for Recruits

Wheat Ridge Police Department applicants must:
  • Be at least 21 years of age
  • Have no felony convictions
  • Possess United States Citizenship
  • Have attained at least 60 semester hours or 90 quarter hours from an accredited college or university

POST Certification

Police Officer applicants meeting the minimum requirements, but not possessing POST certification, will be considered for employment at a lower pay grade pending successful completion of a POST certified academy funded by the City.

Lateral Entry

For lateral entry into the Wheat Ridge Police Department, considered applicants must:
  • Be Colorado POST certified
  • Have at least three years of full-time law enforcement experience
  • Meet the minimum requirements
  • Successfully pass an application, resume, and cover letter evaluation