Police Department Careers

About the Police Department

The Grand Junction Police Department provides a full range of high quality police services, including: a motorcycle unit, K9s, bomb squad, crime lab, university campus policing, SWAT team, drug task force, and a regional communications center.  Based on job performance, many Police Officers reach the top of the pay range within two years. 

About Our Community

Situated halfway between Denver and Salt Lake City, Colorado’s Grand Valley provides easy access to a plethora of natural resources and stunning outdoor amenities. We combine big-city opportunities with small-town character and incomparable access to the great outdoors.

Careers at a Glimpse



Annual Salary

Minimum qualifications

Police Officer Recruit

Police Officer Recruits will be sponsored by the City of Grand Junction while attending the Western Colorado Peace Officers Academy, which is sixteen weeks long, including tuition, equipment and an hourly pay rate of $23.00 per hour. Recruits must successfully complete the Academy and be Colorado POST certified prior to beginning the Grand Junction Police Department Field Training Program. Upon successful completion of Peace Officer Academy, job duties will reflect those of a certified Police Officer.



Good physical condition

Minimum of 21 years of age, as of date of hire

High school diploma or equivalent

Minimum vision corrected to 20/40 in worst eye and 20/20 in best eye

Possession of, or ability to obtain, valid Colorado driver license

Good moral character (past criminal activity may be disqualifying – see list)

Ability to work a variety of shifts, including weekends and holidays


Police Officer

Patrols assigned districts; responds to radio dispatch calls for service; performs preliminary investigations at scenes; prepares citations and summonses; makes arrests and transports individuals; appears in court to offer testimony relative to the investigation of incidents; prepares a variety of reports and records; offers assistance to citizens.



Same as above AND

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 $29.10 per hour.

Lateral Entry Officers

Officers with a minimum of three years of experience with one department as a Police Officer start at $30.56 per hour.

Out of State Lateral Officers

Starting pay for Officers from out-of-state will be $27.72 per hour until Colorado POST certification is obtained.