Four Types of Career Paths at the Colorado State Patrol

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(COLO) – Working in law enforcement can take many forms and shapes, just ask a Colorado State Trooper about the varied positions within their agency – Troopers, Executive Security Guards, Emergency Communication Dispatchers, and Port of Entry Officers. Over the next six months when you see one of our six specialty-wrapped “recruiting cruisers” with the yellow stripe deployed across the state or see a Patrol member at a community event, we hope you ask them about career opportunities!

“It’s an interesting time to be a job seeker in Colorado with so many opportunities to consider,” stated Col. Matthew C. Packard, Colorado State Patrol. “Law enforcement is a career where you can see and feel the difference you make with the community that matters most to you and the Patrol has the ability to do that in all areas of the state.”

The four career paths offered at the Colorado State Patrol include:

Executive Security Officer - These Officers are responsible for patrolling various state buildings in Denver to ensure the safety and security of personnel and visitors. This role can be a lifelong career or may also serve as a stepping stone for our Members into the Trooper or Port of Entry Officer career paths for those who are not yet 21 years of age.

Port of Entry Officer – These Officers help to ensure safe travel on Colorado roadways through enforcement of state and federal size, weight, and safety regulations in the commercial motor vehicle industry.

Emergency Communications Officer - These Officers are trained to operate highly complex computers and communications equipment. They provide information and assistance to the citizens of Colorado and those visiting our state. Communications Officers must make decisions that are critical to the outcome of emergency situations. The information that is provided by them to field personnel is necessary for appropriate enforcement action and is often vital to officer safety.

State Troopers – A Colorado State Trooper has a direct impact on protecting life and serving Colorado's communities. They protect communities across the state and ensure our roadways remain safe for residents and visitors alike.

While Trooper and Port of Entry applications are only accepted during open enrollment periods that are announced publicly throughout the year, interested community members can contact recruiters year-round to discuss the positions and be ready to take the first step in a life-long career.

Community members are also encouraged to connect with Troopers driving our specialty-marked “recruiting cruisers” or members they see in the community. Additional information can be found online at

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ABOUT THE COLORADO STATE PATROL Since our origin in 1935, the Colorado State Patrol (CSP) has focused on preserving human life and protecting property within our communities. Our 1,100 members embody the core values of Honor, Duty, and Respect in their daily jobs. In addition to our expertise in motor vehicle safety on the state’s roadways, the CSP is responsible for the Governor and other dignitaries’ protection, commercial motor vehicle enforcement, hazardous materials, homeland security, communications, investigative services, criminal interdiction, community education, aviation operations, and more.