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Candidates may be eliminated from  further consideration as a result of certain behaviors that would in all likelihood render them unsuitable for employment. These behaviors include, but are not limited to the following (please note: the anticipated start date of the specific Academy will be used for those behaviors with time restrictions):  


  • Falsification or omission of any part of the application packet
  • False information regarding age/date of birth
  • EMPLOYMENT HISTORY (includes school and military)
  • Fabrication of any information related to a job
  • Failure to list any job on application packet
  • Failure to report a discharge, forced termination or resignation for any reason
  • Failure to report employment discipline, including written warnings, reprimands, etc., or court-martial (if in the military)


  • Any checks intentionally written on a closed account
  • Two or more separate incidents within the past 3 years of being convicted of or having wages garnished for failure to pay child support
  • Intentional failure to file/pay taxes, including Federal and/or State


  • Taking of items and/or money without permission of over $100 (added together) from an employer within the past 3 years
  • Any incidents of stealing with the intent to permanently deprive the lawful owner of the item(s) whether caught or not, within the past 3 years
  • Giving perjured testimony at any time
  • Giving false statements or making falsified reports as a law enforcement officer or giving false statements to a law enforcement officer
  • Soliciting or accepting a bribe while serving in an official capacity


  • Use of marijuana within the past 1 year (12 months) from application date.
  • Use of any illegal drug, except marijuana, within the past 3 years (includes LSD, heroin, cocaine, PCP, mushrooms/Psilocybin, amphetamines, inhalants, steroids, etc.)
  • Use of any illegal drug, on or off duty, while employed as a law enforcement officer
  • Any cultivation, sale, manufacture or distribution of any illegal drug, including marijuana, within the past three years. If beyond 3 years, the following factors should be considered: The frequency of the behavior, the quantity of drugs involved, and the type of drug.
  • Use of any prescribed controlled substances that were not prescribed to you within the past 3 years
  • Deliberate abuse of any controlled substance that was prescribed to you within the past 3 years
  • Refusal to agree to submit to a drug screening as an applicant or to for-cause drug testing as an employee


  • Consuming alcohol while at work, if it is unauthorized
  • Refusal to agree to submit to "for cause" alcohol testing as an employee, as evidenced in past jobs


  • Any felony committed in the last 3 years whether arrested and charged or not
  • If you have ever been convicted of, pled guilty or no contest to, or received a deferred judgment or deferred sentence of a felony crime (An adult applicant committing a felony as an adult would be disqualified. If an adult committed a felony as a juvenile, the following circumstances will be considered: The applicant's age at time of the illegal act and the nature and severity of the offense.)
  • Any misdemeanor crime conviction within the past 3 years
  • Certain misdemeanor crime convictions, as defined by P.O.S.T., which would affect peace officer certification in Colorado. Visit the POST website for a list of misdemeanors that will preclude police officer certification
  • Any domestic violence conviction


  • Any DUI/DUID convictions within the past 3 years
  • Any DWI/DWAI convictions within the past 3 years
  • Any license suspensions/revocations within the past 3 years
  • An applicant must not have a noticeable pattern of traffic arrests, citations and/or convictions within the last 3 years. Stop sign violations, red light violations, reckless driving, speeding and careless driving are just a few examples of traffic violations that could disqualify an applicant if he/she has developed a pattern.
  • Any hit and run accidents committed within the past 3 years
  • Failure to produce a current, valid driver's license
  • Failure to show proof of liability insurance (Colorado drivers), if applicant owns a vehicle


  • Falsifying documentation of a college degree, transcript or specialized training
  • Falsifying documentation of law enforcement certification

This list is not inclusive. A candidate may also be disqualified if the totality of their circumstances indicates that they would not be suitable as a police officer