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Police Officer Recruitment

The Greeley Police Department:

Our mission is to improve and protect the quality of life of the people of Greeley.


To Apply:

To apply for Police Officer, go to the Job Opportunities page and click on Police Officer to view the full posting and to complete an application. 

2014 Recruitment Timeline is as follows:

  • October 10 - Application deadline 5:00 p.m.
  • October 13, 17, 18 - Written Test and Essential Functions Test (candidate may choose the date) Bring your completed PHS (a notary will be present)
  • October 20-23 -  Interviews (June 5 may be scheduled for interviews if needed)
  • Jan 15 - Tentative employment date

Testing Information

The Greeley Police Department is accepting applications through October 10, 2014.  An online application must be completed.  Click on Job Opportunities on the left sidebar of this webpage to view posting and apply.   Applicants will also be required to submit a Personal History Statement at the written test.  Click here for PHS.  Please submit your PHS when you come to the written test.  There will be a notary available on that day to notarize your PHS.

Occasionally off-site written tests may be administered at various community colleges throughout Colorado who have Police Academy programs. Contact your local Academy director to check on test dates in your area.

If you have any questions about the recruiting process, please call the Human Resources office at 970-350-9710.

The written test is pass/fail. Candidates who pass the written test will be invited to continue in the process which includes:

  • Essential Functions Test (administered only in Greeley) Full description of EFT is provided at the bottom of this page.
  • Spanish bilingual testing (when requested by the applicant)
  • Interview
  • Background Investigation
  • Polygraph test
  • Drug test
  • Physical evaluation
  • Psychological evaluation.

**See application and information packet for additional information

Interview tips:

For some great advice on interviewing well - watch this video presented by Mark Neville, a guest speaker at the Montfort College of Business. Mark Neville interviewing video

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POST Certification Requirements

Both POST certified and non-certified candidates are eligible to apply. Successful non-certified candidates will be hired as Police Cadets at $18 per hour (benefit eligible) and sent to a POST academy. Upon successful completion of the academy and obtaining POST certification, Cadets are eligible for promotion to Police Officer.

POST certified means currently POST certified through State of Colorado, currently attending a POST academy, or a certified officer in another state and eligible for POST certification in Colorado. See other requirements in Job Requirements section below.

For additional information on POST certification see Colorado State's website for Police Officer Standards and Training.

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Serious applicants are encouraged to schedule a ride along with a Greeley police officer. The application for a ride along is available at the front desk of the police department or by downloading and submitting the ride-along application. Please allow 3-5 days to process your ride along application and to schedule your ride along.

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2014 SALARY for POST Certified: $54,470.  (range maximum $75,192)
Non-Certified (Cadets) $18/hour during academy

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Lateral Entry

Pay up to $60,006 is available for experienced officers depending upon number of years experience and the size of the department. Qualified applicants should read the Lateral Entry Pay policy and submit an application for Lateral Entry prior to a conditional job offer. Applications for Lateral Entry will not be considered after the conditional job offer has been extended.

For additional information on POST certification see Colorado State's website for Police Officer Standards and Training.

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Personal Appearance Policy

Employees of the Greeley Police Department must comply with the Department's Personal Appearance Policy including restrictions on tattoos and body piercings. All applicants are encouraged to read the policy prior to submitting an application.

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Job Requirements

Perform individually and as member of a team and participate in the following activities: enforce local, state and federal ordinances, regulations and laws; apprehend suspects; respond to and investigate disturbances and accident calls; patrol and conduct surveillance; receive training and maintain skills proficiency; operate a vehicle during routine and emergency situations; communicate with the public in normal and adverse situations; complete verbal and written reports and documentation; work independently following written and verbal instructions that are general in nature. Must be able to work shifts, weekends and holidays.

Required Skills/Experience

  • POST certified, attending POST academy or a certified officer in another state
  • Must be 21 years of age by date of hire
  • Valid driver’s license and good driving record
  • Be eligible to carry a weapon in the State of Colorado
  • Must be a United States citizen
  • Be in good physical condition;
  • Have vision of or correctable to 20/20
  • No felony or domestic violence convictions
  • Spanish/English bilingual skills highly desired

Post-Hiring Requirements

  • Must successfully meet Colorado POST reciprocity requirements
  • Upon being hired, POST Certified candidates must successfully participate in and pass field training program

A candidate who is not selected may re-apply and retest at any subsequent hiring process provided s/he has not been disqualified by the Civil Service Commission in writing.

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Essential Functions Test (EFT)

The Essential Functions Test is a series of obstacles and physical maneuvers that represent the essential physical functions potentially required of police officers. A demonstration of the EFT has been posted on YouTube. Use this link or search for Greeley EFT.

The course begins with the candidate seated in a vehicle, door closed and seatbelt fastened. On command, the candidate will:

  • exit the vehicle
  • run to and scale a 6' wall (wood)
  • run to and scale a 4' chain-link fence
  • run to a staircase, ascend 5 stairs and descend them on the other side
  • turn around immediately and crawl through a ground level opening
  • turn immediately and climb through an opening
  • run to and through a change-of-direction drill
  • run to a 160# sled and pull it 25’ in one direction turn around and drag back 25’
  • run approximately 350 yards with seven changes of direction
  • run to the firearms area and dry-fire six rounds right-handed and six rounds left-handed in a steel ring

The total length of this course is approximately 525 yards. This course is PASS/FAIL. You must complete the entire course without stopping. You will have a maximum of three minutes and 25 seconds (3:25) to successfully complete the test. Should you fail the test on the first attempt, you will be given one opportunity to retake the test the same morning.

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