State Patrol Cadet/Trooper Minimum Requirements

Minimum Requirements

  • Applicants must be a Colorado resident to apply. Those enrolled in a Colorado university or college, Colorado residents enrolled in an out-of-state university or college and military personnel with a DD-2058 indicating Colorado as a State of Residence may also be allowed to advance. Please see requirements posted in the job announcement for specific qualifications and instructions;
  • Must be age 20 years of age to apply and be at least 21 years of age at the start of the next scheduled academy class;
  • Must have a high school diploma or GED at time of application;
  • An applicant is not required to be a US citizen to apply; however, they must have documentation that allows them to live and work in the United States according to the Department of Homeland Security, US Citizenship and Immigration Services. Documentation is specified on the Form I-9 issued by the Department of Homeland Security;
  • Applicants must have a current and valid State of Colorado Driver's License at the start of the academy.
  • Effective December 2020, the Colorado State Patrol Appearance/Tattoo Policy is as follows:
    • Any body marking that is found to be vulgar, obscene, sexually explicit, gang related, prejudicial or which may otherwise bring discredit on the State Patrol or police profession, is prohibited.
    • Body markings on or above the collar bone are prohibited.
    • Body markings on or below the wrist bone are prohibited.  Members are permitted to have one band, no greater than 8mm wide on one finger.
    • Full Colorado State Patrol Personal Appearance policy.

For more information regarding whether or not your experience will qualify under the Lateral Program, please Contact a Recruiter or Human Resources Analyst, Michelle Chancey via e-mail at michelle.chancey@state.co.us.

 

 

COVID Update:  Effective September 20, 2021, employees will be required to attest to and verify that they are fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Employees who have not been fully vaccinated will be required to submit to twice-weekly serial testing. Testing details will be provided during the onboarding process. Upon hire, new employees will have three (3) business days to provide attestation to their status with proof of vaccination. Testing will take place in-person/at home/TBD and will be considered paid work time. 
 

Note:  Fully Vaccinated means two (2) weeks after a second dose in a two-dose series of the COVID-19 vaccine, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or two (2) weeks after the single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine, as defined by the State of Colorado’s Public Health Order and guidance issued by the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment

Disqualification Factors

Criminal Behavior:

To be disqualified by an appointing authority upon admission or confirmation of:

• Any felony conviction

• Any domestic violence conviction

• Certain misdemeanor crime convictions, those defined by P.O.S.T. as listed at https://www.colorado.gov/post/decertifying-misdemeanors

To be considered under the totality of circumstances for disqualification by the appointing authority based on the circumstances and information.

• Any incident of misdemeanor shoplifting or accessory to shoplifting, whether charged or not, within the past 3 years

• The circumstances and frequency of incident of a crime against a person, whether charged or not, within the past 3 years.

Drug Behavior:

To be disqualified by an appointing authority upon admission or confirmation of:

• Any use, purchase, possession, manufacture or distribution of illegal drugs, within the past 5 years.

• Any illegal use, purchase, distribution, or manufacture of controlled schedule I, 11, or Il l drugs (as defined in C.R.S. 18-1 8-102) within the last 5 years.

• Use of any illegal drug, on or off duty, while employed as a law enforcement officer.

• Refusal to agree to submit to previous employers drug screening or drug testing as an employee within the past 5 years

To be considered under the totality of circumstances for disqualification by the appointing authority based on the circumstances and information.

• Any illegal purchase, distribution, cultivation or possession of marijuana products within the last 12 months.

• Any illegal and/or legal use or consumption of marijuana or its products within the last 12 months.

• Use or possession of illegal drugs beyond 5 years, the appointing authority should consider the frequency of the behavior, the quantity of the drugs involved and the type of drug.

• The circumstances and frequency surrounding the illegal use of a prescription controlled schedule I, II or Ill drugs (as defined in C.R.S. 18-18-1 02) within the last 5 years.

Alcohol Behavior:

To be disqualified by an appointing authority upon admission or confirmation of:

• Unauthorized consumption of an alcoholic beverage while on "patrol" duty as a law enforcement officer.

• Refusal to agree to submit to a previous employer alcohol testing as an employee within the past 5 years

To be considered under the totality of circumstances for disqualification by the appointing authority based on the circumstances and information.

• Unauthorized consumption of an alcoholic beverage while on duty as a law enforcement officer.

Consideration given to the circumstances and frequency of consumption during the attendance at conferences or events.

Driving History:

To be disqualified by an appointing authority upon admission or confirmation of:

• Any DUI, DWAI, DUID conviction within the past 3 years

• Any license suspension I revocation (not including FRA suspension) within the last 2 years

• Any hit and run accident with damage to another party or injury, within the last 3 years whether reported or not.

• Any incident of eluding or attempting to elude an emergency vehicle within the last 3 years whether charged or not.

To be considered under the totality of circumstances for disqualification by the appointing authority based on the circumstances and information.

• Any license suspension I revocation within the last 5 years including FRA suspension

• The circumstances and frequency of incident of hit and run without reporting if no damage to another party, within the last 3 years.

• The circumstances and frequency of 3 or more convictions of moving traffic violations within the past 12 months and/or 5 or more convictions of moving traffic violations within the past 5 years (speeding, turning violations, following too closely, signaling violations, lane violations, right of way, etc.)

Integrity:

To be disqualified by an appointing authority upon admission or confirmation of:

• Theft or taken without permission of items, goods and/or money (combined) of over $300 from an employer within the past 3 years for personal gain. 

• Soliciting, offering, paying or accepting a bribe as defined criminally in CRS (government official)

To be considered under the totality of circumstances for disqualification by the appointing authority based on the circumstances and information.

• False, fabricated, incomplete or intentionally omitted information that affects the candidate's application for consideration.

• An applicant who has served in any branch of the military and was discharged under Entry Level/Uncharacterized, with a discharge status of "General," "Other Than Honorable," "Bad Conduct," or "Dishonorable" within 10 years after their date of discharge.

 

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If you have questions, please Contact a Recruiter


Additional Requirements


The Colorado State Patrol is an Equal Opportunity Employer

  • Applicant must be willing to serve a one year probationary period;
  • Must be able to effectively communicate fluently in English, verbally and in writing;
  • Must meet the standards of the Colorado State Patrol Drug-Free Workplace and Workforce policy including passing a pre-employment drug screen: Drug-Free Workplace and Workforce policy;
  • Must be available to work 24/7 as needed for emergency response. This includes availability to work weekends, nights, holidays and rotating shifts, and work in all weather conditions;
  • Applicants must be willing to be fingerprinted and must be able to pass an extensive background investigation, psychological examination, medical/physical, physical fitness/agility tests and submit to a pre-employment polygraph;
  • The background investigation is based on the following criteria, including, but not limited to: driving history, criminal behavior/history, alcohol use/behavior, drug use/behavior and integrity. If you omit any material fact on your application/testing materials, whether intentional or unintentional, you will be disqualified. If any disqualifying information is discovered at any stage of the selection process, you will be removed from consideration for the position;
  • Vision must be unimpaired or correctable to 20/20 and must possess normal color vision, depth perception, night vision, near acuity, far acuity, accommodation and field of vision including peripheral;
  • Must be able to hear and understand voice and radio communication either aided or unaided.

These requirements are subject to change by the Colorado State Patrol Executive Command Staff at any time before any actual job posting. If you have questions, please Contact a Recruiter.