Police Officer Cadet

Police Officer Trainee
Town of Erie (CIRSA) - Erie, Colorado

Apr 7, 2021

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Application Deadline:
Apr 19, 2021

Salary Information

Entry Level:
$$61,692.80 annual

Job Description

The Erie Police Department has a great opportunity for the right person or persons who wish to pursue a career in law enforcement and join a growing department and community.   We are looking for NON-P.O.S.T. Certified candidates to send to the Red Rocks Law Enforcement Academy, located in Lakewood, Colorado.  The academy begins on August 9, 2021 and runs approximately 18 weeks. The Town of Erie will pay the cost of the academy for each cadet selected. The official start date with the Town of Erie will be August 2, 2021.

Additional Information: Cadets will go through a thorough selection process prior to being selected which will entail a written test, physical qualification test; oral board, background investigation, polygraph, Chief’s interview and required medical testing (psychological and well exams). Cadet’s will be paid an hourly wage while attending the academy.

Summary of Duties

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.

The requirements for Police Officer once POST certified are as follows:

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.

Minimum Qualifications

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.

Supplemental Information

Knowledge, skills & abilities required for post certified Erie police officer:

Knowledge of Police principles and practices; knowledge of applicable laws, Town ordinances and State statutes; knowledge of emergency medical and first aid practices.

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. Frequent to constant use of a personal computer. Work may involve competing demands, performing multiple tasks, working to deadlines.

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
  • Supplemental Accident, Critical Illness and Hospital Aflac 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)
  • 13 Paid Holidays
  • Robust extended sick leave and family sick leave program including parental leave for birth and bonding
  • Employer sponsored wellness program, including employee-based fitness classes
  • Education reimbursement up to $2,000 per year
  • Free membership to the Erie Community Center
  • Pet Insurance
  • Employee Discount Program through Benefits Hub

Job Requirements

  • Age: 21 years of age
  • Education: High school diploma or equivalent (GED)
  • Experience: Must be 21 years of age by P.O.S.T. certification and the attainment of the Basic Peace Officer Certification

Contact Information

Brittni Wilts

Town of Erie (CIRSA)
PO Box 750
Erie, Colorado 80516
phone: 3039262744

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