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Lafayette is a growing community of just over 30,000 people located in eastern Boulder County. Lafayette is a diverse, safe, and livable community. Lafayette police officers enjoy working in a progressive, well-trained, state-accredited organization with a focus on community policing. 

There are numerous specialty assignment areas available. The City of Lafayette offers a competitive salary and excellent benefits to its employees. For more information on joining our community-oriented team, view our recruitment flyer.

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Minimum qualifications and special requirements

  • Must be at least 21 years of age
  • High School Diploma or equivalent
  • Must possess or be able to obtain a valid Class "R" Colorado driver's license and have a good driving record
  • Must be Colorado POST certified or have the ability to be POST certified
  • Must pass a thorough background investigation to include polygraph, psychological, and physical evaluations

2024 Police Officer pay rates and benefits

  • Patrol Officer Step 1:  $70,511.58
  • Patrol Officer Step 2:  $79,314.66
  • Patrol Officer Step 3:  $89,248.02
  • Patrol Officer Step 4:  $100,398.58
  • Full benefits for officers and their immediate family, worth up to approximately $26,000 annually
  • Uniforms and equipment are fully paid for, with the exception of a service firearm
  • Spanish-speaking bilingual candidates who pass a bilingual test earn $0.50 more per hour
  • Statewide Defined Benefits Retirement Plan through the Fire & Police Pension Association of Colorado (FPPA)

Available hiring incentives

  • $10,000 lateral hiring bonus with two or more years of civilian police patrol experience; detentions experience does not qualify
  • Police academy tuition reimbursement if hired within six months of completion of a Colorado POST-approved police academy 
  • Contract buy-outs if under an employment contract with another police agency
  • Academy sponsorship by the Lafayette Police Department when hiring recruit positions

Training and career growth

  • Full day of in-service training scheduled for nine months annually
  • Robust budget for outside training
  • No minimum length of service for numerous collateral duties, instructor positions, and promotional opportunities after completion of field training

Collateral duties

  • SWAT Operator
  • SWAT Negotiator
  • Drug Task Force Detective
  • Drug Recognition Expert
  • Field Training Officer
  • Youth Engagement Officer
  • Traffic Officer
  • Drone Operator
  • Bicycle Patrol Unit
  • Critical Accident Reconstruction Team (CART)
  • Officer Mentors

For questions regarding our hiring process, please contact Sergeant Jeremy Molander.