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Police Officer Trainee

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Posting Details

Posting Detail Information

Working Title Police Officer Trainee
Classification Title Police Officer Intern
Posting Number 201800008P
Position Type State Classified
Open Date 01/09/2018
Close Date 01/29/2018
Salary $4,054 monthly + Full Benefits
Full/Part Time Full-time
State Classified Hourly No
Overtime Eligible
Position Location Fort Collins, CO 80523
Description of Work Unit

The Colorado State University Police Department is a full service law enforcement organization and its mission is to respond to the needs of the campus community by maintaining public order and a safe environment. The University Police Patrol Division provides a complete range of law enforcement services including 24-hour car/foot/bicycle patrol, detection and investigations of crimes, arrest and prosecution of offenders, traffic control, special events management, crime prevention, and education.

Position Summary

This is a training level position to fulfill our mission through training, active patrol of University properties, crime investigation, identification and resolution of safety/security hazards and problems, assistance to students, staff, faculty and visitors, and handling of accidents and emergencies.

Minimum Qualifications

One year of college coursework (30 semester hours).

You MUST submit official or unofficial transcripts if using your degree to meet the minimum requirement**

Must be at least 21 years of age and possess a valid Colorado Driver License

Must have NO:

• Felony convictions
• Domestic violence convictions
• Acquiring more than seven points in the last year and/or more than 12 points within the last two years on a driver’s license.
• Alcohol/drug related traffic convictions in the last three years and repeat alcohol/drug convictions after the age of 18 within the last ten years.

Must currently have OR be eligible to apply for Colorado P.O.S.T. certification. Current Colorado P.O.S.T. certification eligibility requirements may be found here:

Note: Positions are subject to a background investigation in accordance with the administrative procedures of the State Personnel Director. Physical and psychological evaluations are required in accordance with section 24-31-303 (5) (b), C.R.S.


One year of law enforcement experience appropriate to the assignment or current P.O.S.T. Certification may substitute for the one year of college course work.

– You MUST attach your P.O.S.T. Certification to your application under “Special Required Documentation” in order to meet this substitution for college course work.

Preferred Qualifications

The ideal candidate will possess the following experience & competencies (e.g. knowledge, skills, abilities, and other personal characteristics) which have been outlined as essential to performing successfully in this position:

  • Current State of Colorado P.O.S.T. certification
  • Completion of an Associate’s or higher level degree from an accredited college or university are highly desired
  • Ability to verbally communicate with both internal and external constituents in a professional and direct manner while maintaining customer service
  • Demonstrated attention to detail through diligence and maintaining a high standard for finished work product
  • Examples roles requiring leadership and the associated characteristics of a strong leader: accountability, integrity, self-motivated, and a desire to lead others by example
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills and ability to establish and build relationships with a diverse range of colleagues and customers
  • Demonstrated critical thinking skills to make decisions in emergency/harmful situations as well as the use of problem solving skills as part of daily work responsibilities

Essential Job Duties

Job Duty Category Self-Initiated Activity

In training to: Patrol campus property, parking lots, and buildings on foot, by bicycle and vehicle; Identify safety/security hazards and suspicious persons/situations and resolve them.

Percentage Of Time 25
Job Duty Category Community Oriented Policing

In training to: Education and assistance to the community via presentations; offer assistance to students, faculty, staff, visitors, motorists, and others; provide educational seminars and presentations on relevant crime/safety topics.

Percentage Of Time 15
Job Duty Category Traffic Related

In training to: Traffic safety and special event management are accomplished through vehicle, bicycle, and radar patrol; apprehension of offenders; warning or prosecution of offenders; investigation of accidents and complaints; and identification of roadway and vehicle hazards.

Percentage Of Time 20
Job Duty Category Dispatch Initiated Activity

In training to: Identify and reduce crime activity and the opportunity for it. Arrest violators and intervene in physical disturbances. Use physical/deadly force when necessary. Investigate crimes and suspicious circumstances/persons. Identify need for security measures or police presence to prevent crime and danger to our public. Interrogate suspects, interview witnesses and victims, collect evidence, photographs, fingerprints, etc.; intervene in domestic and physical disturbances and mental crises; do civil standbys for departments on campus who handle disgruntled students, employees, and customers.

Percentage Of Time 20
Job Duty Category Administrative Duties

In training to: Record actions and criminal/improper behavior activity by writing reports, field contact cards, and summons/warrant applications. These permanent records document criminal activity and damage to personal/University facilities and property for use by administrators, prosecutors, judges and the public. These records are used to identify trends in criminal behaviors.

Percentage Of Time 15
Job Duty Category Testimonial Duties

In training to learn how to: Prosecute criminals and pol icy violators. Testify at trials, Department of Motor Vehicle and disciplinary hearings as needed. Coordinate information/activity with judges, Judicial Affairs, prosecutors and defense attorneys. Present evidence at trials, etc.

Percentage Of Time 5

Application Details

Special Instructions to Applicants


  • Clearly document job duties you have performed that relate to minimum qualifications, preferred qualifications, and essential job duties in the Work Experience section on the application. Human Resources must be able to evaluate your experience based on this information.
  • Clearly outline dates of employment and hours worked per week for each employment experience listed in the Work Experience section of the Application so that Human Resources can calculate full-time work experience.
  • The APPLICATION is the only document that will be utilized to determine if minimum qualifications, as outlined in the job posting, have been met. The Application is considered to be the legal document on file; resumes will not be reviewed for minimum qualification requirements.


  • If an Application is considered “Incomplete”, the Application will be removed from consideration for the position.
    • An Application is incomplete if no current/ previous employment is included in the Work Experience section of the Application.
    • An Application is incomplete if “see resume” (or something similar) is noted, or previous employment does not contain job duties for every position in the Work Experience section of the Application.
    • Positions requiring a degree or if using education as a substitution for work experience (eg: Associate or Bachelor’s) transcripts are required in order to verify receipt of the required degree or coursework. If official or unofficial transcripts are not supplied at the time of application, the Application is incomplete.


  • When a resume is listed as a required document, it may be used in the comparative analysis/ evaluation process to determine the candidates that most closely meet the qualifications of the position. This process occurs after an application has passed the minimum qualifications screening.
  • Resumes will not be accepted in place of a completed application; however, some positions may still require a resume as a component for complete application materials.
    **Please see the Required Documents section of the posting.


  • The selection process for State Classified positions may include an exam(s), which requires candidates to physically appear (at the CSU campus in Fort Collins, CO) at the candidates’ own expense.
  • All status updates for this position will be sent via email from In addition to your Inbox, remember to check the Deleted and Junk folders for these important communications.
  • Pertinent updates to your Application status can be obtained by logging into your application account at


  • Please check the Help link online at for assistance on your application or for answers to Frequently Asked Questions.
  • All other inquiries should be directed to the Colorado State University Human Resources Office
Conditions of Employment Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires), Pre-employment Physical, Valid Driver’s License - Regular, Essential Services Designation - Required to report without delay or interruption to provide essential or emergency services to ensure health, safety, and welfare., Shift Work - Work nights, days, weekends and holidays - law enforcement, Use of Firearms or Other Weapons - Required per Colorado POST standards, Pre-employment Drug Testing, Special Requirements/Other - No Felony Convictions, No Domestic Violence Convictions
EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

The Title IX Coordinator is the Executive Director of the Office of Support and Safety Assessment, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523 -2026, (970) 491-7407.

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Associate Vice President for Human Capital, Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

Employment and Appeal Rights

If you receive notice that you have been eliminated from consideration for the position, you may protest the action by filing an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the date you receive notice of the elimination. Also, if you wish to challenge the selection and comparative analysis process, you may file an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the receipt of notice or knowledge of the action you are challenging.

Refer to Chapters 4 and 8 of the State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director’s Administrative Procedures, 4 CCR 801, for more information about the appeals process. The State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director’s Administrative Procedures are available at

A standard appeal form is available at: If you appeal, your appeal must be submitted in writing on the official appeal form, signed by you or your representative, and received at the following address within 10 days of your receipt of notice or knowledge of the action: Colorado State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director, Attn: Appeals Processing, 1525 Sherman Street, 4th Floor, Denver, CO 80203. Fax: 303-866-5038. Phone: 303-866-3300. The ten-day deadline and these appeal procedures also apply to all charges of discrimination.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Are you willing and able to submit to a comprehensive pre-employment background check, pre-placement physical, and a pre-placement psychological assessment as a condition of hire?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Do you possess a current/valid driver's license? (This is a required condition of employment.)
    • Yes, I possess a current / valid driver's license
    • No, I do not possess a current / valid driver's license
  3. * If you have a current and valid driver's license, please list 1) the number, 2) the expiration date, and 3) the issuing state. Otherwise, state "N/A".

    (Open Ended Question)

  4. * Are you willing and able to report to work without delay or interruption to provide essential or emergency services to ensure health, safety, and welfare of the campus community?
    • Yes
    • No
  5. * Are you willing and able to maintain availability for shift work as needed?
    • Yes
    • No
  6. * Are you willing and able to use firearms or other weapons per Colorado POST standards?
    • Yes
    • No
  7. * Are you at least 21 years of age?
    • Yes
    • No
  8. * Have you acquired seven or more points on your driver's license in the last year and/or twelve or more points on your driver's license in the last two years?
    • Yes
    • No
  9. * Have you had an alcohol/drug related traffic conviction in the last 3 years and/or repeated alcohol/drug related traffic convictions after the age of 18 in the last 10 years?
    • Yes
    • No
  10. * Have you unlawfully used any control substances (cocaine, meth, LSD, etc.) within the past seven (7) years?
    • Yes
    • No
  11. * Have you used marijuana within the past year?
    • Yes
    • No
  12. * Have you been convicted of a domestic violence offense?
    • Yes
    • No
  13. * Have you been convicted of a felony offense?
    • Yes
    • No
  14. * Colorado Peace Officer Standards & Training outlines de-certifying misdemeanors which may not allow an individual to become POST certified. Please go to the following link to view the complete list of de-certifying misdemeanors before responding below: - Have you been convicted a misdemeanor? If "Yes", please list the misdemeanor below; otherwise, type "No".

    (Open Ended Question)

  15. * Please describe the personal characteristics that you possess which make you a fit for Colorado State University's Police Department.

    (Open Ended Question)

  16. * Explain why you are interested in working for Colorado State University Police Department?

    (Open Ended Question)

  17. * Do you believe there is a difference between campus policing and state/county/city policing? If yes, what are the differences between the two. If no, how are they the same.

    (Open Ended Question)

  18. * The minimum qualifications can be met in one of the following manners: 1- One year of college coursework (30 credit hours) - which MUST be demonstrated by attaching a transcript 2 - Current P.O.S.T Certification - Certification must be attached with this application in the "Special Required Documentation" portion of the application to use this option Please select the method by which you are meeting the minimum qualifications of this position.
    • I have one year of college coursework and am verifying that by attaching my transcript with this application
    • I have current P.O.S.T Certification, and am verifying that by attaching documentation in the "Special Required Documentation" section of this application

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. List of Professional References
Optional Documents
  1. Unofficial Transcripts
  2. Official Transcripts
  3. Veteran DD214 Form (Member-4) (For State Classified searches ONLY)
  4. Special Required Documentation