Police Careers - Police Officer

Are you ready to start a challenging and rewarding career as a Greenwood Village Police Officer?

The Greenwood Village Police Department focuses on providing our community with exceptional services by recruiting, hiring, and training high-quality individuals who bring a variety of life experiences, perspectives, and skills to the job.

Police Department Organization

The City of Greenwood Village employs 67 sworn officers.  The Police Department is led by Chief Dustin Varney who started as an Officer with the Greenwood Village Police Department in 1994 and became the Chief of Police in 2017.  The Command Team consists of four sworn Police Commanders, the Communications Manager, and the Support Services Manager.

Patrol

Patrol Officers work four 10-hour shifts per week on either days, swings, or graveyards. These six teams consist of a Sergeant, a Corporal, and a team of Officers. 
Special Teams/Assignments

Includes Investigations, School Resource Officers, K9, Emergency Response Team, Crisis Negotiations Team, sUAS (Drone) Team, and Traffic Enforcement

This full-time position carries an excellent benefits package that includes full coverage for medical, dental, vision. These benefits are active on the first day of employment with the City.

Police Officers work four 10-hour shifts per week on a set schedule.  Since the Police Department functions 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, 365 days per year, this position will require employees to work nights, weekends, and holidays as scheduled. To compensate officers for working shifts that include holidays, the City provides 11 annual floating holidays, paid vacation and sick leave as part of a comprehensive benefits package.

Our Benefits Package also includes excellent retirement, longevity pay, tuition reimbursement, and $1,000 annual uniform allowance.


Applicants must be over the age of 21 and authorized to work in the United States

Applicants must hold a high school diploma or equivalent.  

Applicants must hold or be eligible to obtain a Colorado driver's license.

The following items will disqualify the applicant (Verified by polygraph):

  • Marijuana use in the 3 years prior to application
  • Illegal drug use in the past 7 years
  • CBD use on a case-by-case basis
  • Felony convictions
  • Misdemeanor convictions within 3 years (5 years for DUI)

Certified Officers

  1. Application: View Current Openings
  2. Oral Board Interview: This panel interview is the first step in the process for someone who is already certified as a Peace Officer in Colorado or a certified Peace Officer from another state who is eligible to be certified in Colorado through the POST board.
  3. Background Investigation: Applicants who are advanced from the Oral Board interview will participate in a thorough background investigation which includes a polygraph exam and a psychological evaluation.
  4. Chief's Interview: Applicants who pass the background investigation will interview with the Chief of Police. 
  5. Conditional Offer and Drug Test: If a conditional offer of employment is made, the candidate must submit to and pass a drug test, medical/physical exam, a second psychological evaluation, and a physical agility test prior to a final offer being extended.

Non-Certified Police Recruits

  1. Application: View Current Openings
  2. Written Test
  3. Oral Board Interview
  4. Background Investigation: Applicants who are advanced from the Oral Board interview will participate in a thorough background investigation which includes a polygraph exam and a psychological evaluation.
  5. Chief's Interview: Applicants who pass the background investigation will interview with the Chief of Police. 
  6. Conditional Offer and Drug Test: If a conditional offer of employment is made, the candidate must submit to and pass drug test, medical/physical exam, a second psychological evaluation, and a physical agility test prior to a final offer being extended.

The Greenwood Village Police Department sponsors recruits through the Highlands Ranch Law Enforcement Training Facility.  The academy is full-time and runs from January through June OR July through December of each year.

The Field Training Program consists of three phases, each with a different Field Training Officer, which builds the new officer's skills in a hands-on, real-world environment. The length of the phases is determined by the trainee's performance and ability to meet specific metrics and goals.

Ongoing training is provided on a monthly basis and includes firearms, driving, de-escalation, Basic Lifesaving Skills/CPR, and many other topics.   Virtual web-based training is also utilized to ensure officers are current with case law, policy, and procedure.

Additional training is available as well and officers are encouraged to attend training offered by other agencies and private companies.


The Chief's objective for the police department is to be the best police department in the nation. To pursue this goal, we hire outstanding candidates, and provide them with excellent equipment and ongoing professional training.  

Ready to be a part of the team? Current Openings

Have more questions? Contact a recruiter today! 

The City of Greenwood Village is dedicated to the principles of the Equal Employment Opportunity Act and prohibits unlawful discrimination against applicants based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age over 40, physical or mental disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation or gender identity.