For the following job opportunities, recruitment is conducted on an as-needed basis unless otherwise noted. To view current opportunities within the department and the University of Colorado, please visit Jobs at CU.

  • Police Dispatcher (Lateral) - posted until Oct. 28, 2021
    • $5,000 hiring incentive is available for this position!
    • Applicants can view the full posting and apply at: Police Dispatcher
  • Police Dispatcher Trainee - posted until Oct. 28, 2021
  • Police Sergeant (Lateral) - posted until Nov. 3, 2021
    • $5,000 hiring incentive is available for this position!
    • Applicants can view the full posting and apply at: Police Sergeant

Interested in working for CUPD in a position that isn't currently open? Let us know


CUPD Application Process

  • Applications accepted, July 20–Aug. 1, 2021
  • Testing conducted online, July 20–Aug. 7, 2021. Once your application is received, you will be contacted by a representative from Human Resources. The representative will provide you with a voucher to take the test through NTN. Completing the personal history questionnaire before taking the NTN test is mandatory. You are encouraged to take the test as soon as possible, as the hiring process is on a compressed schedule, but no later than Aug. 7.
  • Police department/community oral boards, Aug. 11–13, 2021; interviews will be automatically scheduled over Zoom.
  • A Phase I suitability psychological exam, conducted online, will be completed by the week ending Aug. 20, 2021.
  • Polygraphs will be completed by the week ending Aug. 27, 2021. This will require travel to Denver Metro/Boulder area. If you are an out-of-state applicant, your polygraph will be scheduled closer to the chief’s interview.
  • Chief’s interview, Sept. 9, 2021
  • Conditional job offers will be made the week of Sept. 13, 2021 (approximately).
  • Phase II suitability, conducted online, will be completed by Sept. 22, 2021.
  • A medical exam and drug screen, conducted at a Concentra facility local to you, must be completed by Sept. 22, 2021.
  • Background checks will be conducted from approximately Sept. 10 to Oct. 15, 2021. Your background investigator will be in contact with you during this time.
  • Final job offers will go out no later than Nov. 15, 2021.

Candidates will be notified of the successful completion of each step in the process. Please do not make any travel arrangements until instructed to do so. Any changes to this schedule will be communicated directly to applicants still in the process and also updated on this website.


Potential Future Opportunities

Steps in the Hiring Process

All of our commissioned officers, both experienced and new officers, will go through the same hiring process steps. They include:

  • Submit application and meet minimum qualifications
  • Pass written exam
  • Oral board interview
  • Personal history questionnaire
  • Background worksheet
  • Employment checks
  • Personal references checks
  • Home visit
  • Polygraph exam
  • Phase I suitability
  • Conditional offer
  • Phase II psychological exam
  • Medical exam
  • Drug test
  • Credit check
  • Integrity interview
  • Fingerprinting
  • Chief's interview

Disqualification Guidelines

As a general rule, performance indicators and candidate information and records will be evaluated by considering the candidate as a whole, and taking into consideration the following:

  • Age at the time the behavior occurred
  • Passage of time
  • Patterns of past behavior
  • Severity of behavior
  • Probable consequences if past behavior is repeated or made public
  • Likelihood of recurrence
  • Relevance of past behavior to public safety employment
  • Aggravating and mitigating factors
  • Other relevant considerations

A candidate’s qualifications will be assessed on a case-by-case basis, using a totality-of-the-circumstances framework.

Prior drug use shall be included in this process, using the Federal Drug Classification Schedules for the following standards.

  • Any conviction for the sale, manufacture or distribution of a controlled substance, or actions that support the sale, manufacture or distribution of a controlled substance will disqualify all applicants.
  • Applicants must not have used any drug listed in Schedule I, excluding marijuana, or Schedule II, in the last ten years.
  • Applicants must not have used any drug listed in Schedule III, Schedule IV or Schedule V, in the last five years.
  • Applicants must not have abused prescription medication in the last three years.
  • Per department policy, Commissioned Officer applicants who have used marijuana within two years of application will be disqualified.

The Colorado Peace Officer Standards & Training (POST) Board

The Colorado POST board shall deny certification to any person who has been convicted of any felony or select misdemeanors. You can find the entire list here.

Experienced Officers

Would you like to be part of a new and engaging environment where you can grow and develop as an experienced officer? Our department usually begins recruitment every Fall and Spring.

In accordance with the State of Colorado’s Classified position rules, applicants must meet the following requirements in order to be considered:

  • Must have current Colorado P.O.S.T. certification and one year of law enforcement experience.
  • Must be at least 21 years of age; possess a valid Colorado Driver License without:
    • Felony or domestic violence convictions.
    • Acquiring more than seven points in the last year and/or more than 12 points within the last two years on a driver’s license.
    • Alcohol/drug-related traffic convictions in the last three years and repeat alcohol/drug convictions after the age of 18 within the last ten years.

New Officers

The University of Colorado Boulder Police Department encourages anyone interested in starting a career in law enforcement to apply. Our department typically begins recruitment every Fall and Spring for new candidates.

In accordance with the State of Colorado’s Classified position rules, applicants must meet the following requirements in order to be considered:

  • One year of college coursework (30 semester hours).
  • Must be at least 21 years of age; possess a valid Colorado Driver License without:
    • Felony or domestic violence convictions
    • Acquiring more than seven points in the last year and/or more than 12 points within the last two years on a driver’s license.
    • Alcohol/drug-related traffic convictions in the last three years and repeat alcohol/drug convictions after the age of 18 within the last ten years.
  • Must be eligible to apply for Colorado P.O.S.T. certification. Current Colorado P.O.S.T. certification eligibility requirements may be found here.

Possible professional staff positions include, but are not limited to:

  • Clery Compliance and Crime Analyst
  • Community Safety Officials
  • Dispatcher
  • Event Management
  • Emergency Management
  • Fleet
  • Finance
  • Human Resources
  • Information Technology
  • Property and Evidence
  • Public Information Officer
  • Records
  • Residential Safety Officials

Per department policy, professional staff applicants who have used marijuana within two years of application will be disqualified.

View current opportunities by logging into MyCUInfo, selecting the Student Employment tab, and searching for Hourly On-Campus with Police Services.

New Employee Benefits

Starting benefits include retirement contributions, vacation, sick, and ten paid holidays, as well as a tuition benefit. For further details about benefits click here.

Questions regarding current job opportunities?

Contact our Recruitment team for further information about our positions and recruitment processes at ucpd-recruitment@colorado.edu.