Become a Wheat Ridge Police Officer

Murtha, Chris

Our officers and staff are dedicated to protect and serve the people of our City. We follow a relationship-based policing philosophy working in partnership to keep our community safe.

The Wheat Ridge Police Department currently has openings for new recruits in the Patrol Operations Division.

We are looking for candidates who not only do the right thing but have the courage to stand up for what is right, even when it is not popular

Successful applicants to the Wheat Ridge Police Department Patrol Operations Division must:

  • Enjoy people and building relationships
  • Have a passion for public service and a need to serve others
  • Want to improve our community and the lives of those who live here
  • Be willing to solve problems and effectively address concerns in our community
  • Be proud of the person reflected in the mirror

We hope you will consider becoming a member of our family.

Chief Chris Murtha, Wheat Ridge Police Department

Join Our Team!

Learn more about the Wheat Ridge Police Department in our video. Follow us on Facebook @WheatRidgePD.

Deadline to apply is August 31, 2022: Apply Here  

  1. Recruitment Team
  2. Academy
  3. Veterans
  4. Pay/Benefits

These members of the Wheat Ridge Police Department serve on the Recruitment Team. If you have questions about our hiring process or about the culture of the department, please contact Sgt. Sailor

  • Officer Bauth
  • Officer Cook
  • Sgt Dawkins
  • Detective Eversole
  • Officer Fischer
  • Sgt Gross
  • Officer Holliday
  • Officer McCarthy
  • Officer Neyra
  • Officer Reetz
  • Sgt Sailor
  • Sgt Watson

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
  • Be a U.S. Citizen or possess an I-9, employment eligibility verification
  • Prefer 60 semester hours or 90 quarter hours from an accredited college or university or have four years of active duty military service with an honorable discharge OR a combination of the two.
  • Consideration will also be given to those with reserve duty military experience.
Once a job offer is made, successful candidates attend the Police Academy at no cost to obtain POST Certification.

POST Certification

Police Officer applicants with less than three years of experience and POST certification from another agency or community college must also meet the minimum requirements listed above.

Lateral Entry

For lateral entry into the Wheat Ridge Police Department, 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
Officers hired at lateral entry will be placed in the pay range based on:
  • Years of experience
  • Knowledge
  • Skills
  • Certifications
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