Applicants flood Denver Police Department website to apply to be police officers

Starting salary for Denver officer $46,449

DENVER - Hundreds of people are flooding the Denver Police Department with applications to become a police officer.

The application process opened at 9 a.m. on Monday. Within 90 minutes, almost 700 people had submitted applications. By 2:03 p.m., 1050 applications had been received. The Denver Police Department website said there are 110 positions to be filled.

The last time DPD held an academy class for new hires was October 2008. Deputy Chief Bill Nagel said that is part of the reason they had so many applicants in a short period Monday.

"We've put out a very good program to try and recruit people. We have a brand new recruiter," Nagel said. "One of the things I thought was very unique this year, is we had recruitment open houses. We had them in five different locations."

7NEWS checked with similar agencies including Jefferson and Adams County Sheriff's departments. Both reported between 700-800 applicants the last time they had openings.

DPD is scheduled to accept applications from Feb. 4 to April 25, but there are limited dates and times available for applicants to take the required test. If you miss the cut-off online, you can walk-in to one of the scheduled locations and apply there.

Applicants must be a U.S. citizen, at least 21 years old and have a high school diploma or GED, valid driver's license and no felony convictions.

The starting salary is $46,449. Within four years, officers are paid over $76,932, according to the website.

Applicants must go through a background investigation, polygraph, drug test, interview, fitness exam, psychological exam, and other administrative reviews.

Learn more on the Denver Police website.