April 17, 2014

Police Officer

The City of Sterling Police Department accepts applications and tests for the position of Police Officer throughout the year. Applicants will be contacted with specific information when future testing dates are scheduled.

Police Officer Salary: $38,204/ year plus benefits

 Job Summary:

Perform individually and as member of a team and participate in the following activities: enforce local, state and federal ordinances, regulations and laws; apprehend suspects; respond to and investigate disturbances and accident calls; patrol and conduct surveillance; receive training and maintain skills proficiency; operate a vehicle during routine and emergency situations; communicate with the public in normal and adverse situations; complete verbal and written reports and documentation; work independently following written and verbal instructions that are general in nature. Must be able and available to work shifts, weekends and holidays.

Required Skills/Experience:

  • Must possess one of the following:
  • Colorado POST Certification, or Letter of Conditional Peace Officer Authority, or Provisional Certification;
  • Valid driver’s license and good driving record;
  • Must possess a high school diploma or G.E.D.
  • Must be a United States citizen;
  • Be in good physical condition;
  • Have vision of or correctable to 20/20;
  • No felony or domestic violence convictions;
  • Spanish/English bilingual skills highly desired.

Applications are accepted online ONLY through Neogov. You will need to return to the Home Page or click on Human Resources (do not click on the drop-down boxes). Then click on Job Opportunities and you will be directed to the Neogov site. You will need to set up an account if you have not applied on Neogov previously. If you have previously applied to another agency or for another position with the City of Sterling, you will need to enter your username and password. You can update your application and submit without have to complete a new application. If you experience a problem with your username and password or have any questions or problems with this online application, please contace NEOGOV at 877-204-4442. If you forget your username and/or password, please call NEOGOV or click on the “I forgot my username and/or password” link on the NEOGOV login page.

Upon completion and submittal of your application, you should receive an email notification stating your application has been received. If you do not receive this notification, check your application for areas that need to be completed. Then recertify and submit your application (Step 5).

After your completed application is received, it will be screened for basic qualifications. Your application may be rejected if there are any omissions or incomplete information. Any application submitted with false or misrepresenting information will immediately be removed from consideration in the hiring process. If you meet the basic qualifications, you will be contacted and scheduled for entry testing.

Entrance-level testing process consists of the following components:

  • Written Examination
  • Physical Ability Test
    • Sit-ups (Maximum reps completed in 1 minute)
    • Push-ups (Maximum reps completed in 1 minute)
    • 1.5 Mile Run
  • Police Department Oral Board Interview
  • Computer Voice Stress Analysts

Successfully completing the above testing will place the candidate on an eligibility list. When an officer’s position is open for hiring, candidates on the eligibility list will be reviewed for suitability to participate further in the remaining stages in the hiring process. Note: Placement on the eligibility list does not guarantee hiring.

  • Job Suitability Assessment
  • Extensive Background Investigation
  • Psychological Evaluation
  • Physical Evaluation
  • Drug Test

Post-Hiring Requirements:

Newly hired officers must successfully participate in and pass the department’s field training program.

Lateral Entry:

Lateral entry salary adjustments are available and determined on a case-by-case basis. Factors determining adjustments include, but are not limited to years of law enforcement experience and the level of comparative law enforcement experience. Requests for lateral entry made after the Conditional Job offer will not be considered. This program is subject to budgetary considerations and the ability for the City to fund the program.

Police Academy Tuition Reimbursement:

Newly hired officers who have graduated from a Colorado POST Academy and attained a Letter of Conditional Peace Officer Authority within the previous twelve months are eligible for reimbursement of documented academy tuition expenses. Reimbursement of those expenses will occur over the officer’s first four years of employment. This program is subject to budgetary considerations and the ability for the City to fund the program.

Educational Attainment Pay Differential:

If you hold an Associate degree or higher, you may be eligible for the Educational Attainment Pay Differential. Depending on the type of degree and the field of study, police officers may receive a pay differential added to their base pay. This program is subject to budgetary considerations and the ability for the City to fund the program.

For additional information on POST certification, see Colorado State’s website for Police Officer Standards and Training.

Ride-Along:

Applicants are encouraged to schedule a ride-along with a City of Sterling Police Officer. To obtain a ride-along application, please contact the police department at 970-522-3512, or by emailing a request to rich@sterlingcolo.com or tyson@sterlingcolo.com . Once the ride-along application has been submitted, please allow 1-3 business days to process it.
Questions regarding the recruiting process should be directed to the Human Resources office at 970-522-9700, or the Sterling Police Department at 970-522-3512.