Officer Recruitment

Invest in Your Future

A career with the Parker Police Department is a commitment of service to the citizens of Parker. As a Parker Police Officer, you will take on widely diverse challenges and responsibilities every day.

Typically, new officers are assigned to patrol. However, Parker offers opportunities in the following areas:

  • Bicycle Patrol
  • Community Policing
  • Crime Prevention
  • Criminal Investigations
  • Emergency Management
  • Internet Crimes Against Children
  • Joint Douglas County SWAT Team
  • K9 Unit
  • Motorcycle Unit
  • Mounted Patrol
  • Pattern Crimes Unit
  • School Marshal Program
  • School Resource Officer
  • Traffic Unit
  • Youth Educational Programs

The philosophy of the Parker Police Department is to build partnerships with the community. We operate under the community policing / problem-solving approach. This method involves citizens taking a proactive role in working with the Police Department and other agencies to protect our community and make our neighborhoods safer and healthier. This approach to law enforcement recognizes the resource limitations in the criminal justice system and addresses that issue by taking some of the following actions:

  • The police work with the community using all available resources to address problems.
  • More emphasis is put on preventative methods to eliminate problems before they occur.
  • Better communication is established between the community and police by meeting frequently.
  • Each of us must accept our part of the responsibility to make positive changes instead of pointing blame.

Salary & Benefits

Patrol officers work a 10-hour day for four days per week. Salary starts at $51,500 a year while in the Police Training Officer Program. Upon completion of the Police Training Officer program, approximately 20 weeks, your salary will increase to $56,000 a year.

The Town of Parker offers full-time employees a benefits package after 30 days of employment. The generous benefits package includes:

  • 457 retirement plan
  • Dental insurance
  • Educational assistance program
  • Employee assistance program
  • Family membership to the Parker Recreation Center and/or Fieldhouse
  • FPPA Defined pension plan
  • Holiday pay
  • Life and accidental death and dismemberment insurance
  • Long-term disability insurance
  • Medical insurance
  • Short-term disability insurance
  • Sick leave
  • Vacation
  • Vision insurance
  • Voluntary term insurance

Essential Qualifications

A current Colorado POST certification as a Level 1 Peace Officer is required at the time of hire. An Associate’s Degree in Law Enforcement, Criminal Justice, or related field is preferred, along with a combination of education and experience to provide the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities. The ability to type 25 words per minute is required. The ability to successfully complete a background check including but not limited to a criminal history search, drug screen, polygraph, and psychological and physical examination is required. Here is the list of employment disqualifiers for Parker Police Officers.

Parker police officers are not required to live within the Town of Parker to be employed by the Town.


The Town provides its officers with uniforms, ballistic vests, a handgun, an AR rifle (once qualified), leather gear, rain gear, flashlight, digital portable radio, and other needed equipment.

Town of Parker

The Town of Parker has experienced tremendous growth in the past few years, yet still retains much of its small Town character and open space. With a spectacular view of the Rocky Mountains, Parker’s home on the edge of Colorado’s prairie and its convenience to the Denver metropolitan area have made our community a popular place to live and work. The Town of Parker encompasses 20.8 square miles and is located in northern Douglas County, uniquely situated between Colorado’s 2 largest cities - Denver and Colorado Springs.

Community Highlights

  • Parker Ranks 2nd in 2020's Best places to live - Money Magazine
  • Second Safest Town more than 50,000 residents 2020 - Safewise
  • Douglas County Ranks 7th on Nation’s Richest County List - Forbes
  • Douglas County Ranks 4th in Where the Jobs Are - CNN Money

Community Snapshot

  • Population: 59,990
  • Trade Area Population: 131,418
  • Median Age: 34.8
  • Median Household Income: $113,836
  • Number of Households: 21,335
  • Median Home Value: $560,000

Additional Information

For more information, contact by email or at 303.805.6532.