The police recruit academy is a full time, 24-week-long training program. During the academy portion of the training, recruits receive instruction in firearms, arrest control, driving, the Colorado Criminal Code, Municipal Penal and Traffic Code, Spanish language for law enforcement, police department policies and procedures, and in-depth officer safety training.
Recruits receive a salary while attending the academy and are eligible for a salary increase upon successful completion.
Following the academy, recruits enter a 16 week long field training program. Recruits are paired with highly trained officers and work four 10 hour shifts each week. Field training is intended to give the recruit instruction, direction, supervision, guidance, and experience so he/she may develop good judgment, efficiency, and good habits of conduct and appearance.
Upon successful completion of the field training program, recruits graduate and are eligible for a salary increase.
Lakewood recognizes the value of hiring experienced and trained police personnel through a lateral entry program. Applicants must meet the hiring requirements for the City of Lakewood, including medical, psychological and physical abilities test. Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree in any discipline and be at least 21 years of age. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or have proper I-9 documentation to work in the United States. Applicants must have an active peace officer certification and at least three years of patrol experience. Lateral Agents may have an abbreviated police training.