Police Officer Recruit
To be considered for this position you must apply through this address: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/springsgovps
This job posting is scheduled to be open through May 13, 2019; however, we reserve the right to close this posting prior to the closing date listed above should sufficient applications be received prior to the closing date. Please apply early to ensure your application is accepted.
Upon successful completion of the Police Academy and obtaining the required POST certification, you will be promoted to the rank of Police Officer.
A police officer patrols assigned sectors and responds to calls from the communications center in order to keep the peace, provide assistance, and maintain positive visibility. Enforces federal, state and local laws and ordinances. Deters criminal activity and make arrests when necessary. Educates and communicates laws to public concerning traffic and criminal activity. Investigates and reports all criminal or suspicious activity through Department forms and documents. Renders aid to injured.
1. Patrols assigned sector in marked police vehicle.
2. Responds to calls from citizens.
3. Provides assistance and keeps the peace.
4. Locates and arrests suspects of crimes.
5. Issues traffic and criminal summons when necessary.
6. Intervenes in disturbances, fights, and altercations.
7. Pursues fleeing suspects on foot or in vehicle.
8. Climbs, crawls, jumps, and/or runs to pursue suspects and protect life.
9. Pushes/pulls, lifts and/or carries persons and/or suspects who may be injured or unconscious.
10. Makes forceful arrests.
Qualifications & Requirements Minimum Qualifications
This position is for applicants that have no prior law enforcement experience, or less than three years of paid experience as a law enforcement officer. The minimum qualifications for Police Recruit are:
• You must be by the date of hire at least 21 years of age.
• You must not have been convicted of a felony (this includes felony convictions as a juvenile).
• You must not have been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence.
• You must not have been convicted of a misdemeanor crime that would affect your ability to certify with the Colorado Police Officer Standards and Training (POST) Board. Visit the POST website at https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/post/decertifying-misdemeanors for a list of misdemeanors that will preclude police officer certification.
• You must have by the date of hire an Associate Degree or 60 college semester hours. A national or regional accrediting organization recognized by the United States Department of Education must accredit the school or institution granting the degree or credits. Candidates that do not meet educational minimums upon application must submit a statement from their school confirming that they are currently enrolled in a course of study that will allow the candidate to meet the minimum qualifications upon date of hire. If you have not completed 60 college semester hours please click http://bit.ly/alteducationprogram for information on our alternative education option.
• If hired, you will be required to furnish proof of your eligibility to work in the U.S.
• You must not have been released or discharged from the Armed Forces of the United States under dishonorable conditions.
• You must be in good physical condition and meet medical standards as established by the City of Colorado Springs Police Department.
• You must have and maintain a valid driver's license
By date of hire, candidates that have been selected for employment must possess and maintain a valid Colorado driver's license.
In addition, failure to successfully meet all Testing and Performance Standards of the CSPD Police Academy shall constitute a failure to meet the minimum qualification of the position of police recruit. This includes but is not limited to maintaining the required academic average on exams, passing the required number of academic and skills tests.
In order to be successful as a police recruit with the Colorado Springs Police Department, candidates should be able to:
• Work under pressure and/or stress
• Follow directions
• Organize and plan
• React effectively during non-routine situations
• Adapt to changing environments
• Effectively identify and resolve conflicts
• Establish and maintain cooperative and constructive relationships
• Identify with the customer and actively engage in customer service
• Communicate in writing and orally
• Remember instructions details
• Use impartiality and objectivity
• Use diplomacy and tactfulness
The Colorado Springs Police Department embraces a proactive policing philosophy. Rather than just responding to crime that has occurred, we seek to understand why crime is committed and find ways to mitigate or remove the conditions that may lead to criminal activity. This policing philosophy is called Community Oriented Policing. Inherent in this philosophy is the creation of community and police partnerships in problem identification and solution. As a result, we seek candidates with the knowledge, skills and abilities required to perform the job within the context of our policing philosophy.
Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action
The City of Colorado Springs is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. No person shall be discriminated against because of race, color, national origin or ancestry, sex, age, religious convictions, veteran status, disability status, political beliefs or other non-job related criteria. Affirmative Action dictates that positive steps are taken to ensure people from all segments of the community are represented in the City work force.
The City is committed to ensuring that individuals with disabilities be given the same consideration for employment that individuals without disabilities are given. If you are disabled and need assistance in the application process, contact the City Human Resources Department at (719) 385-5904. For hearing impaired applicants, the Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD) telephone number is (719) 578-1800.