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Police Officer

at City of Grand Junction

Pay: $29.86 to $41.81/hour
$29.86 - $41.81
Posted: 7/23/2020
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 2335339
Keywords: police

Job Description

Overall Job Objective


HIRING RANGE: $29.86 - $32.96
About the Grand Junction Police Department:
At the Grand Junction Police Department (GJPD), we are committed to enhancing community safety, reducing fear of crime, and elevating the quality of life through partnerships and innovative policing initiatives. Our Police Officers value and embody professionalism, integrity, compassion, and service. The department promotes the personal and professional development of our police force through a wide variety of challenging and rewarding career opportunities. The GJPD provides a full range of high quality policing services found in few departments our size including motorcycle unitK-9bomb squadcrime labuniversity campus policingSWAT teamdrug task force, and other collateral assignments. Police Officers work ten hour shifts in a team concept.

What We Offer:
We offer an excellent benefits package that supports quality work-life balance including health and dental insurance, retirement, paid leave, a free or low-cost City employee health clinic, and a wellness program. The salary range for a Police Officer is $29.86 - $41.81 hourly, broken into fifteen (15) steps. The hiring range ($29.86 - $32.96) represents steps 1 to 5. Each year, with the approval of City Council, employees receive an additional step increase of 2.5%. See the "Additional Qualifications / Pay Rates" section at the bottom of the bulletin for more information about pay structure and hiring bonuses.

As an employer, the City of Grand Junction offers a culture of continuous improvement, collaborative partnerships, and exemplary service. We are not afraid to challenge the status quo; we work together across various departments to achieve our common goals; and we remain committed to fulfilling the needs of our community through thoughtful interactions.

About the Area:
Grand Junction, Colorado is the gateway to the mountains and canyonlands of western Colorado and eastern Utah. Centrally located between Denver, CO (250 miles east) and Salt Lake City, UT (270 miles west), Grand Junction is surrounded by 1.2 million acres of public land. Residents enjoy world-class whitewater rafting on the Colorado and Green Rivers, golfing, fishing, skiing and snowboarding, and exploring mountain bike and hiking trails through the Colorado National Monument and the Grand Mesa National Forest. Grand Junction has a robust downtown and hosts multiple art, music, food, and market events annually. With a population of over 150,000 in Mesa County (65,000 within the City limits) we have many of the big town amenities without the big town stresses such as traffic and trail congestion. With an average of 245 days of sunshine, Grand Junction is the perfect place to work and play.
See Visit Grand Junction for videos and information about our community.


What You'll Do:
  • Patrol assigned district(s) within City limits
  • Respond to radio dispatch calls for service
  • Perform preliminary investigations at scenes
  • Prepare citations and summonses
  • Make arrests and transport individuals
  • Appear in court to offer testimony relative to the investigation of incidents
  • Prepare a variety of reports and records
  • Offer assistance to citizens
Click to view the full Police Officer Job Description.


What We're Looking For:
  • Good physical condition
  • Minimum of 21 years of age, as of date of hire
  • Minimum vision corrected to 20/40 in worst eye and 20/20 in best eye
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Possession of, or ability to obtain, valid Colorado driver license
  • Good moral character (past criminal activity may be disqualifying – see notice below)
  • Ability to work a variety of shifts, including weekends and holidays

Important Notice:
During the course of the application and hiring process, you will be asked to disclose information about your past activities. The below list of critical admissions, which may be cause for disqualification from employment with the Grand Junction Police Department, is provided to applicants, Computerized Voice Stress Analysis (CVSA) Technicians, and others involved in the recruitment process. It is important that you be completely honest and forthright about this history. While a critical admission may or may not disqualify an applicant from a job, discovery of misleading or deceitful information provided by the applicant is immediate cause for disqualification.
  • Any felony investigation or conviction
  • Any conviction for a crime of violence, specifically assaults, domestic violence, etc.
  • Any conviction for a "hate crime" such as ethnic intimidation
  • Perjury conviction
  • Any theft conviction regardless of value of item
  • Theft from current employer or a previous employer
  • Drug use (including marijuana) and/or current alcohol abuse
  • An alcohol or drug conviction including but not limited to DUI/DWAI, depending on recency
  • Hit and run accident conviction
  • Being under or having been under driving restraint, cancelation, suspension or revocation of driving privileges in Colorado or any other state
Please note: The listed critical admissions are not the exclusive basis for disqualification. The City reserves the right to disqualify any applicant who may or may not have any one or all of the foregoing admissions. If you have specific questions or circumstances, you may contact the Human Resources office at 970-244-1512 or GJPD Recruiting at 970-549-JOBS.

Supplemental Information

Additional Qualifications / Pay Rates:

Certified Officers
New hires who have graduated from a Colorado Police Academy but have less than three years of experience as an Officer start at $29.86 per hour.

Lateral Entry Officers
Officers with a minimum of three years of experience with one department as a Police Officer start at $29.86 - $32.96 per hour.

Additionally, the following hiring bonuses are offered to Lateral Entry Officers:

  • 40 hours of paid leave banked immediately upon hire
  • $4,000 hiring bonus upon completion of the Field Training Officer Program and with a signed two (2) year commitment to the Grand Junction Police Department
  • Relocation expenses

Out of State Lateral Officers
Starting pay for Officers from out-of-state will be $29.86 per hour until Colorado POST certification is obtained.

Testing Process:
  • Oral Board Interview
  • Physical Ability Test
  • Suitability/Psychological Evaluation
  • Computerized Voice Stress Analysis (CVSA)
  • Finger Prints/Background Investigation
  • Pre-employment drug, medical and psychological evaluation screening