Officer Recruitment

Parker Police Officers

Working for the Parker Police Department is an opportunity to serve a community that appreciates, respects and trusts their police department and officers. Parker officers feel unmatched community support every day in the pro-law enforcement Town of Parker. 

The Town of Parker is annually rated as one of the safest cities in Colorado, with a population greater than 25,000. Money Magazine ranked Parker as the 2nd best place to live in America.

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Salary & Benefits

Parker Police Officers are some of the highest-paid in the Denver metro area and the state of Colorado. The top pay for patrol officers is $104,894.40 with the potential to earn more with overtime and off-duty. First-year officers start at $78,270.40. The Town pays for the police academy for sponsored recruits and a salary of $56,160 while in the academy. Additionally, patrol officers work four 10-hour shifts and are offered a defined pension plan through Fire and Police Pension Association of Colorado (FPPA).

2023 Officer Step Plan 

  • Step 1-$78,270.40                      
  • Step 2-$82,180.80
  • Step 3-$86,299.20
  • Step 4-$90,604.80
  • Step 5-$95,139.20
  • Step 6-$99,902.40
  • Step 7-$104,894.40

The Town of Parker offers a generous benefits package including:

  • 457 retirement plan
  • Dental insurance
  • Educational assistance program
  • Employee assistance program
  • Family membership to the Parker Recreation Center and 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

2023 Sergeant Step Plan

  • Step 1-$113,817.60                      
  • Step 2-$119,516.80
  • Step 3-$125,486.40
  • Step 4-$131,768.00
  • Step 5-$138,340.80
  • Step 6-$145,267.20

Special Assignments

The Parker Police Department is a mid-size agency (81 sworn officers) with an impressive list of special assignments available for officers. Officers are eligible for special assignments after completion of a twelve-month probationary period. 

  • Accident Reconstruction
  • Bike Patrol
  • Community Response Team
  • Crime Prevention
  • Criminal Investigations
  • Crisis Negotiation Unit
  • Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT)
  • Defensive Tactics Instructor (KRAV MAGA)
  • Douglas County Multijurisdictional SWAT Team
  • Douglas County Multijurisdictional IMPACT Unit
  • Drone Operator
  • Drug Recognition Experts (DRE)
  • Emergency Management
  • Emergency Vehicle Operations Control (EVOC) Instructor
  • Honor Guard
  • Internet Crimes Against Children
  • K9 Unit
  • Motorcycle Unit
  • Mounted Patrol
  • Peer Support
  • Police Training Officers (PTO)
  • Public Information Officers (PIO)
  • Range Instructor
  • School Resource Officers
  • Traffic Unit
  • Youth Educational Programs

Equipment and Uniforms

You will not need to spend money out of pocket on the required equipment. 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.

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. It is also a requirement that each eligible candidate type 25 words per minute. 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.

Town of Parker

The Town of Parker has experienced tremendous growth throughout the last decade yet still retains its small-town character and open space. 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 with a spectacular view of the Rocky Mountains. The Town of Parker encompasses 22.4 square miles and is located in northern Douglas County, situated between Colorado's two 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: 64,073
  • Trade Area Population: 147,509
  • Median Age: 35
  • Median Household Income: $116,631
  • Number of Households: 21,707
  • Median Home Value: $665,000


For more information, email or call 303.805.6532.