Frequently Asked Questions
How do I apply to become a Colorado Springs Police Officer?
CSPD accepts online applications during an open application period. Announcements of our application periods can be found on our Recruitment News web page.
When is the next Academy?
The next training academy is projected for July 2013.
I live out of state. Can I still apply?
Absolutely! You do not have to be a resident of Colorado Springs to apply. CSPD makes every effort to consolidate the steps for out of state applicants in order to allow you to make affordable travel arrangements in as few trips as possible.
Is there a maximum age limit?
No. However, there is a minimum age requirement of 21 years old.
I have already completed a Police Academy. Will I have to go through your Academy as well, or am I exempt?
If you are selected for a Police Officer position with CSPD, you will still have to pass the CSPD Academy. We do not offer preference points for applicants that have completed an Academy with another agency.
Do I get paid while I am in the Academy?
Yes. Recruits and Laterals are paid their full starting salary throughout their time at the Academy.
How long is your Academy?
Our Recruit Academy is 24 weeks. Our Lateral Academy is 10 weeks. If we do not have enough qualified Laterals to substantiate an Academy, Laterals may be required to attend the full Recruit Academy.
Can I send you unofficial transcripts?
CSPD will only accept electronic official transcripts sent directly from the school or official paper transcripts. We do not accept unofficial documentation.
Does having military experience supplement your education requirement?
At this time we do not have a program in place that would accept military time served in lieu of education. We do require a minimum of 60 semester hours by date of hire. Most colleges will take your SMART transcripts and transfer your military training and education into college credits. We cannot accept SMART transcripts directly. If you do decide to obtain the 60 semester hours by date of hire, you are eligible to apply now. We would require a letter from your current institution that states that you are enrolled and what date they anticipate you would complete the 60 semester hours by.
Do lateral officers still have to have 60 college credits or an Associate’s Degree?
At this time we do not have a program in place that would accept Police Officer experience in lieu of education. We do require a minimum of 60 semester hours by date of hire. If you do decide to obtain the 60 semester hours by date of hire, you are eligible to apply now. We would require a letter from your current institution that states that you are enrolled and what date they anticipate you would complete the 60 semester hours by.
Does being a Military Police Officer for the Army, or a Security Officer with the Air Force count towards your lateral program?
Our requirements are that you must have at least three years of paid, full-time police officer experience as a patrol officer within the last five years. A Military Police Officer for the Army, or a Security Officer with the Air Force does not apply towards our lateral eligibility requirements.
Does serving as a Corrections Officer count towards your lateral program?
Our requirements are that you must have at least three years of paid, full-time police officer experience as a patrol officer within the last five years. Corrections Officer experience does not apply towards our lateral eligibility requirements.
As an out-of-state applicant, how many trips will I have to make during the hiring process?
Please refer to our Out of State Applicant page by clicking here.
How does someone with educational attainment from another country transfer their college credits so your department will accept them?
In order to verify that you meet our educational requirements of 60 semester hours, you will need to take one of the following steps:
- You may apply, for a fee, to a private educational credential evaluation service for a statement of Associate's degree equivalency. Statements will be accepted from a member of NACES (www.naces.org).
- You may submit your paperwork to any accredited American school or university that offers undergraduate or graduate studies in a field of study relevant to your application as a police officer. You must obtain a written statement from the Office of the Registrar or Admissions from the accredited school, stating that your educational background qualifies you for entrance to a program of undergraduate studies with junior class standing.
Do I have to be a U.S. citizen to work for your agency? Will your department help me apply for a Visa?
Our policy is that you must be, by the date of hire, a US citizen, permanent resident alien, temporary resident alien, applicant for temporary resident status, refugee or asylee. All applicants that are offered employment must provide documents to establish their identity and employment eligibility for authorization to work in the U.S. We do not offer sponsorship at this time.
I am currently stationed overseas with the military. Can I still apply?
That depends on your time frame. You must be physically present to take our testing and conduct interviews. If you reside in Colorado, we can treat you like an out of state applicant to condense the steps but you must still be present for testing and interviews. The Academy is currently scheduled for July 2013. If you are not being discharged from the military by that date, we cannot hold a position open. You will need to re-apply for the next Academy.
What benefits does the CSPD offer?
Please check out our City Benefits web page.
How do I complete a Ride Along with your department? Please see our Ride Along Program Page by clicking Here.