There are two local Colorado Law Enforcement Training Academies (CLETA).  One academy is located in Glenwood Springs at nearby Colorado Mountain College.  The other police academy is located in Grand Junction at Colorado Mesa University.

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Police Officer I Pay:

  • SALARY: $53,663 – $63,375 (Police Cadet to Police Officer I)
  • CLOSING DATE: Open until filled
  • TESTING DATES: Quarterly testing dates, to be announced

Police Officer II Pay:

  • SALARY: $63,375 – $75,087
  • CLOSING DATE: Open until filled
  • TESTING DATES: Quarterly testing dates, to be announced

Benefits and Wellness Information:

The City has a competitive benefits program, retirement programs, insurance options, and paid sick and leave time. Please refer to the City’s website for more details.


Minimum Age 21
Education High School Diploma or GED Equivalent
Certification Colorado POST Certified or certifiable. GSPD currently offers sponsorship to the right candidate through the Colorado Law Enforcement Training Academy at nearby Colorado Mountain College.
Residency Upon employment, shall reside within a thirty mile radius of Glenwood Springs. Preference is given to Glenwood Springs residents when applicants are otherwise equally qualified.
Physical Standards No conditions that would prevent the successful performance of required duties as specified by the job description.
Vision No conditions that would prevent the successful performance of required duties as specified by the job description.
Other Qualifications 1. Must pass all examinations and background checks. 2. Must possess a valid Colorado Driver’s license, upon employment.
Probationary Period One year, minimum.
Testing Procedures Pre-Offer of Employment:

1. Police written examination NOTE: Current POST-certified applicants do not need to take the written examination. 2. Physical agility testing 3. Informal interview with three staff members 4. Formal oral board examination 5. Thorough background examination 6. Personal interview with the Chief 7. Polygraph Post-Offer of Employment: 1. Psychological examination 2. Medical examination



This is an entry level sworn position responsible for enforcing State and Federal laws and City Ordinances. This position requires both reactive and proactive application of law enforcement authority to protect the health, safety and welfare of the citizens and visitors to the City. Supervision will be through department supervisory personnel through the chain of command, generally through a Patrol Sergeant or other personnel responsible for a patrol shift.


The following examples are intended to be illustrative and not all inclusive. Officers will patrol the City enforcing laws and ordinances related to traffic, criminal and civil violations as authorized by State Statutes governing the powers of sworn officers. Officers will be responsible for the timely and accurate preparation of reports of their actions as required by the department. Officers will investigate crimes and complaints with a fair and impartial mind set, seeking the truth in all matters and reporting that finding. Officers will always treat all persons they contact with the utmost courtesy, professionalism and compassion, to the highest degree possible in the situation. Officer will be prepared to support their actions in a Court of Law through presentation of evidence and testimony, and will become versed in the process of evidence collection, preservation and presentation. Involves working in adverse weather conditions.


Must be 21 years or older, a high school graduate or equivalent, with Colorado Peace Officer Standards and training certification as a Peace Officer. Ability to develop a strong working knowledge of laws and ordinances, and to gain an in-depth knowledge of City street locations, business locations, and government facilities. Knowledge of City resources from other departments, and knowledge of other agencies that can assist a victim of crime or circumstance. Requires strong organizational skills, and the ability to understand and follow verbal and written directions. Ability to deal calmly with irate people, ability to handle catastrophic situations, and ability to handle physical confrontations with acceptable levels of force as prescribed by policy and training. Ability to communicate verbally and in writing to a wide variety of people on a wide variety of subjects. Ability to safely operate a motor vehicle.


  • Lifting: 180 pounds occasionally
  • Carrying: 70 pounds occasionally
  • Pushing/Pulling:  50 pounds occasionally
  • Driving:  Frequently
  • Balance/Stoop/Bend:  Frequently
  • Twist/Squat/Crouch:  Frequently
  • Kneeling:  Occasionally
  • Crawling:  Occasionally
  • Climbing Stairs:  Frequently
  • Standing/Walking:  Frequently
  • Climbing Ladders:  Occasionally
  • Reaching above/below/at shoulder level:  Frequently

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Equal Opportunity EmployerThe City of Glenwood Springs is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against any person in recruitment, examination, appointment, training, promotion, retention or any other personnel action, because of political or religious opinions or affiliations or because of race, color, national origin, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, or other factors.