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Police Cadet

Job Details

Erie Police Dept and Municipal Court Facility - Erie, CO
Full Time
$31.84 Hourly


The Erie Police Department has an amazing opportunity for individuals who wish to pursue a career in law enforcement and join a quickly growing department and community as a Police Cadet. We are the best department in the state and among the top ten safest communities in Colorado! To be an Erie police officer is to be an exceptional and courageous person who interacts frequently with the public and with the highest of integrity. Our customer service is above reproach; we are professional, compassionate, progressive, and community-oriented, dedicated to the best practices, federal and state laws, and town ordinances.

We are looking for NON-P.O.S.T. Certified candidates to send to a P.O.S.T accredited Law Enforcement Academy in Colorado. The academy will begin in late summer of 2024 and runs approximately 18 weeks. The Town of Erie will pay the cost of the academy for each cadet selected and cadets will be paid an hourly wage while attending the academy.


The starting pay range for the Police Cadet position is $31.84/hour ($66,227.20/year). Once P.O.S.T. certified and graduating the academy your starting salary as a Police Officer will be $36.47/hour ($75,857.60/year).




Candidates who are deemed qualified and eligible will be required to participate in and pass the following steps: 

  • Written Exam
  • Physical Agility Testing - To successfully complete the physical agility test, the participant must: 
    • Run an obstacle course which begins by sitting in the driver's seat of a car, exiting the car and running 175 feet to an 8 foot ladder and ascend/descend five steps or rungs, then run 50 feet to and crawl for 12 feet and return, running 50 feet to the sitting position in the driver's seat of the car within 101 seconds. 
    • Within two minutes of completing the obstacle course, the participant will pull a weighted object (150 pounds) for 25 feet from a standing position.
    • Immediately after the weight pull, the participant will run a distance of ¼ mile within 162 seconds.  
  • Oral Board Interview 
  • Personal History Statement (PHS) and Release of Information Agreement 
  • Polygraph
  • Background Investigation
  • Interview with the Chief of Police
  • Conditional Job Offer
  • Physical and Psychological Exam


Police Department Address: 1000 Telleen Ave, Erie, CO 80516




Police Cadets must successfully graduate from the Academy and attain the Colorado P.O.S.T. certification.


Upon graduation, the Cadet will transition to the position of Police Officer for the Erie Police Department.  As a new officer, the officer will attend a four-week, in-house mini academy followed by a 14-week Field Training and Evaluation program.




Patrol Role

  • Responds to priority calls regarding public disturbances, criminal, civil or emergency situations.  May provide emergency medical assistance, controls traffic, and otherwise ensures attention is given to public safety.
  • Detects and prevents criminal activities by surveillance of assigned business and residential areas.  Notes possible criminal occurrences and takes steps to prevent criminal actions.  Promotes crime prevention by initiating contact with businesses and residents including explaining applicable laws, soliciting cooperation in crime reporting, and otherwise creating good rapport with citizens.
  • Investigates crime scenes or accidents and assists other officers.  Protects evidence, takes testimony from witnesses, and assists detectives in specialized investigations.
  • Enforces traffic laws, vehicle codes and promotes traffic safety.  Notes illegal or unsafe driving practices and advises or makes arrests as appropriate.  Directs traffic, reports unsafe road conditions and otherwise promotes vehicular and pedestrian safety.
  • Prepares a variety of daily reports and logs.
  • Provides a variety of related police services including transport of prisoners, assistance to motorists, mediates family disturbances.
  • May conduct or assist with in-depth investigations involving felonies or other serious offenses and works closely with District Attorneys regarding cases.



  • Conducts a variety community-oriented policing activities to include participating in Erie’s Citizen Police Academy, business and community participation, working with community groups, conducting welfare checks, etc.
  • Prepares and provides testimony in court and works with prosecution attorneys.
  • Provides code enforcement and animal control activities as needed. Issue appropriate citations and take immediate actions to mitigate problems and disputes.
  • At advanced levels, may be assigned as a Field Training Officer.


Specialized assignments duties and responsibilities:


School Resource (SRO) Officer

  • Maintains working relationships with school officials.
  • Provides law enforcement support for St Vrain Valley District Schools.
  • Investigates school related safe to tell reports.



  • Prepares, applies for, and executes search and arrest warrants.
  • Investigates felonies and serious offenses, requiring extensive investigation.
  • May be assigned to drug task force unit.


Traffic Officer

  • Provides traffic control, direction and enforcement.
  • Acts as primary investigator for crashes.



  • Candidates for the Police Cadet position must be 21 years of age by P.O.S.T. certification and the attainment of the Basic Peace Officer Certification
  • Must have a valid Colorado Driver’s License
  • Must be a High School graduate or have the G.E.D. equivalent



Skills in: Operating motor vehicles including hazardous situations; skill in using weapons and other police equipment; skill in dealing tactfully and effectively with citizens in a wide variety of stressful situations; ability to observe and direct potential problems; ability to act effectively in crisis situations; ability to investigate situations and prepare written reports; ability to make oral presentations; ability to physically detain law violators; ability to pass standard medical exam within normal parameters specifically with regard to the listed essential job functions; ability to perform essential physical functions of the job; ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals; ability to write routine reports and correspondence; ability to speak effectively before groups; ability to communicate with victims, suspects and other police officers; ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists; ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.


Environmental Factors:

Work is performed outside and in a patrol car, as well as, in a standard office environment. Exposure to extreme temperatures and frequent time spent in outdoor environments varying on assignment. Frequent to constant use of a personal computer. Work may involve competing demands, performing multiple tasks, working to deadlines.  Employee will be required to walk on uneven surfaces, wet areas, and outdoor terrain multiple times per day. Frequent exposure to loud noises such as firearms, sirens, flash bangs, explosives, ear radio communications and varying volumes of crowd noise. Frequent exposure to electrical wiring, batteries, vehicles, power saws, tasers, and electrical equipment in residential and commercial areas. Exposed to daily vibration from all vehicles and yearly from helicopters. Will be frequently exposed to fumes from gasoline, exhaust, decomposing bodies, narcotics, lead, glass particles, acids/bases, fire, smoke, gunpowder, carbon monoxide, natural gas, and propane. There is a possibility of occasional exposure to other hazardous and flammable chemicals, such as tear gas. Occasionally required to entire confined spaces for 1 to 10 minutes depending on circumstances. Daily work in traffic necessary. Will encounter blood borne pathogens, vehicle collisions, violent subjects, and other factors related to unpredictable situations. 


Physical Factors:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee will lifts items weighing between 2 and 75 pounds daily and lift items weighing over 20 pounds several times a year, with some of this lifting being done above the head; reach for objects above below shoulders and knees; will work daily at heights of and climb through stairs, ladders, balconies, walls, roofs, bleachers, attics, and rafters; will push and pull objects between 1 and 300 pounds multiples times per day; frequent time spent walking but will vary by day; remain standing infrequently per day; will be required to run in emergencies and pursuits; and remain sitting for extended periods of time sitting in varying locations; will spend 3 to 8 hours per day on repetitive motion tasks. Employee will be required to frequently bend over, kneel, and stoop at various degrees for up to 30 minutes. Ability to grasp pens, pencils, firearms, people, all issued police equipment, weights between 1 ounce and several hundred pounds is necessary. Ability to distinguish between colors is necessary, 20/20 vision, or correctable to, necessary. Ability to operate a motor vehicle in Colorado for frequent travel while on patrol is necessary.


Town of Erie Benefits: 

The Town of Erie offers a comprehensive benefit package and pays a major portion of the employee premium to make these benefits more affordable for you. Coverage of these benefits begin the 1st of the month following date of hire for benefited employees regularly working an average of 30 hours per week. Each year you will have the option of changing your elections through open enrollment.


Designated full time employees are eligible for the following benefits:

  • Robust Medical, Dental and Vision plans including spouse, domestic partner and family coverage options
  • 40 hours of Paid Time off to each new employee upon hire
  • Supplemental Accident, Critical Illness and Hospital Plans
  • Employer paid Basic Life/AD&D
  • Voluntary Life/AD&D
  • Employer paid Short Term Disability
  • Employer paid Long Term Disability
  • Employer paid Employee Assistance Program
  • Retirement plan with a 5% employer match and immediate 100% vesting in your deferral contributions AND employer contributions
  • 3 ½ Weeks of Paid Time Off per year (increases with years of service)
  • 15 Paid Holidays
  • Twenty-Four (24) Hours of Paid Volunteer Leave
  • Robust extended sick leave and family sick leave program including parental leave for birth and bonding
  • Option to “sell back” PTO after two years of continuous employment
  • Employer sponsored wellness program, including employee-based fitness classes
  • Education reimbursement up to $2,000 per year
  • Free membership to the Erie Community Center
  • Half-off charging at town-owned EV charging stations
  • Pet Insurance
  • Employee Discount Program through Benefits Hub



EEOC Statement:


The Town is dedicated to the principles of equal employment opportunity in any term, condition or privilege of employment. Applicants, employees and former employees are protected from employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, or gender identity), national origin, age (40 or older), disability and genetic information (including family medical history), veteran status, marital status or any other status protected by federal, state or local law.  This prohibition includes unlawful harassment or discrimination based on any of these protected classes.  Unlawful harassment includes verbal or physical conduct, which has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with an individual’s work performance or creating a severe, intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment. This provision applies to all employees, including directors, supervisors, co-workers, and non-employees such as residents, members of all boards and task force groups, contractors, vendors, consultants, etc.