Arvada Police Department Job Descriptions


If you’re looking for a public safety career and have a passion for the well-being of animals, Animal Management is a career for you. Animal Control Officers are responsible for:

Protecting public health and safety
Protecting animals from cruelty and neglect
Reuniting lost pets with their guardians
Helping animals get adopted
Rescuing wild and domestic animals in need

Whether it’s turtles, dogs, ducks, horses, or anything in between, as an Animal Control Officer you’ll get to learn about a wide range of animals on the Front Range. Learn more about the Animal Management Unit on



As a Patrol Officer you are responsible for maintaining public order and safety and every day of your career will be unique. If you have strong character, love diversity in your work, and want to serve the community, a patrol career could be a great choice. In this role you will:

Pursue and arrest criminals
Enforce the law (including state and local ordinances)
Act as first responders
Patrol neighborhoods and more


To find out more about the services patrol officers and others provide, check out Police Services on

What’s it Like?

“Being a patrol officer is not an easy job. It is stressful, it can be emotional and it is sometimes disturbing. But, we do it for that reason — because we are the ones who are meant to be stressed and are strong enough to do it which stops someone else from having to see and do those things.” — Sergeant Avila


Mental Health Co-Responder/Policed Based Case Manager

Be on the frontline of mental health care as a Police Based Case Manager working directly with the Arvada Police Department. This position is filled through Jefferson County Mental Health (JCMH). For more information on employment with JCMH, see the JCMH Careers page.



When high-risk incidents happen, the SWAT team responds. In Arvada, SWAT is regional, meaning members of multiple law enforcement agencies join together to form an elite group of highly trained and specially equipped professionals. From hostage negotiation to explosive breaching, SWAT professionals learn diverse skills. Here’s some additional information about SWAT:

Is SWAT full-time? No. SWAT is only mobilized when their special skills are needed (usually around 15 times a year).
What sorts of incidents does SWAT respond to? SWAT responds to a range of incidents including situations with hostages and barricades.

Learn more about this regional Colorado team by visiting SWAT on



Do you believe that you could be a strong mentor to children? Do you want to help keeps schools safe for students? School Resource Officers serve elementary, middle, and high schools by providing these services, talking with parents and teachers, and acting as liaisons between the police department and school communities. Find out more about this program and its officers at School Resource Officers on



As a Police Detective you will be working in criminal investigation, which involves conducting interviews, gathering evidence, and getting to the bottom of cases. At the Arvada Police Department, detectives specialize in specific kinds of investigations including property crimes and crimes against children. Being a detective requires advanced skills, training, and experience and becoming one is hard work. If you’re interested in pursuing this career, please speak with a recruiting officer to learn about the path from patrol officer to police detective.


What’s it Like?

“As a detective, my day involves working with multiple agencies, victims and suspects to identify crimes and all those affected or involved. You are constantly chasing leads, collecting evidence and conducting interviews. Being a detective requires patience for the slow buildup of a case, ensuring a successful prosecution by the district attorney.” — Detective Hall



Are you a detail-oriented person who loves science? Then a career as a Crime Scene Investigator might be perfect for you! To be an investigator, you’ll need to be able to stay composed in a variety of situations. For example, if the science of blood spatter, the intricacies of fingerprints, and helping solving cases from the inside out interests you, a career as a CSI could be a perfect fit. As a CSI at the Arvada PD, you’ll:

Help to solve crimes by collecting and analyzing evidence
Have access to state-of-the-art technology
Be part of a highly trained and respected team


What’s it Like?

“As a Crime Scene Investigator I take a comprehensive methodical approach in processing and analyzing a crime scene to help solve crimes. I like being able to figure out what happened by understanding what the evidence is showing me. I enjoy helping my fellow officers and detectives present a solid case for prosecution.” — CSI Gideon



As a Community Response Impact Team (C.R.I.T) officer, you will have the opportunity to creatively pursue long-term solutions to criminal activity and become an integral part of high-crime communities. You will also empower those in the community by educating and partnering with them and conducting free training for citizens year round.

What’s it Like?

“I like being on the Community Response Impact Team because we target specific crimes. We are the special teams of the Arvada PD – we come in when there is a specific task to be done. Whether it’s a problem property, current crime trend such as auto thefts or vehicle trespasses, or concentrating our efforts on working in a high crime area, we ensure that our community stays safe by targeting crime where it is happening and criminals wherever they may be.” — Officer Curtice



Field Training Officers are responsible for shaping new recruits and help to build the foundation for the organization’s future. If you are an experienced police officer who epitomizes respect, dedication, and responsibility, then you may have the opportunity to become an Field Training Officer during your career with the Arvada PD.

What’s it Like?

“I like being a Field Training Officer (FTO) because I enjoy the challenge of teaching new officers how to apply what they’ve learned in an academy setting to real life. Being an FTO forces me to not only understand the most important skills and knowledge which serve to build a solid foundation for new officers, but it also gives me an opportunity to be a role model and set an example for new officers and our community.” — Officer Nesladek



Drugs, prostitution, and gambling unfortunately exist in every community. However, in ours, Special Investigations Officers (SIU) are there to do something about it. SIU helps to investigate vice and similar crimes. Criminality takes many forms — from human trafficking to meth-dealing taco trucks — and SIU combats those that harm our neighborhoods.



A Division of Neighborhood Services: Helps ensure a safe community and a high quality living environment for the citizens of Arvada by implementing and enforcing nuisance codes and zoning ordinances.



Keep order, enforce traffic law, and investigate traffic accidents using world-class software and tools by becoming a Traffic Officer. In this role you’ll use motorcycles, marked, and unmarked vehicles to patrol.

What’s it Like?

“I enforce traffic code, but more importantly, I investigate accidents when the traffic code isn’t followed. Yes, I’ve seen some brutal and tragic accidents, but I know that my hard work is going to allow the victims of these accidents a shot at justice and holding those responsible accountable.” — Officer Steiner



Police dogs are members of the force with four paws and unique skills. In fact, our K-9 Officers team up with police dogs to:

Help find drugs, conduct searches and look for evidence
Work with SWAT to help protect public safety



Police Services Technicians (PSTs) are a big part of daily Police Department operations. PSTs are also often tasked with responding to requests for service, directly helping out citizens and:

Helping with crime reports
Providing fingerprinting and mediation services to citizens
Working with patrol officers and others to respond to citizen needs
Doing unique things everyday — from testifying to logging evidence



Do you have good computer skills? Are you great with data? Police Support Specialists who work in Records provide assistance to citizens, police officers, and other law enforcement agencies.


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