Officer Resources

Officer Resources


The Gunnison Police Department employs 15 sworn officers.

Summary of Benefits:
  • 2018 entry level pay is $50,600
  • Patrol Officers work 10 hour rotating shifts.
  • Officers are issued all duty equipment including: uniforms, belts, ballistic vest, handgun, rifle, etc.
  • Medical, dental and eye insurance is provided by the City of Gunnison on a shared rate.
  • Retirement savings is through CCOERA with an 11.2% match from the City of Gunnison.
  • A new officer earns 15 eight-hour vacation days per year, 12 eight-hour holidays per year, and 80 hours of sick time per year.
  • Collateral assignments can include: Field Training Officer, Grant Manager, Training Supervisor, Firearms Instructor, PPCT Instructor, Firearms armorer, and/or Driving Instructor.
  • Training is conducted within the department and through the Colorado P.O.S.T. program.

Applications are taken on a continual basis and can be requested through Administration. 

  • Applicants must meet all of the minimum qualifications.
  • Age: Applicants must be at least twenty-one (21) years of age prior to appointment.
  • Citizenship: Proof of United States citizenship or eligibility to work in the United States at time of appointment.
  • Drivers License:  Must possess a valid Colorado driver’s license at time of appointment.
  • Education: Applicants must have either a high school diploma or G.E.D.
  • Colorado Peace Officers Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.):  Must be certified by the State of Colorado as a Level 1 Peace Officer pursuant to Colorado Peace Officer Standards and Training rules (P.O.S.T.) at time of employment.  (NOTE: A conditional offer of employment may be offered to the successful applicant prior to their attaining Level 1 Peace Officer Certification).  Applicants who possess certification from a state other than Colorado may meet P.O.S.T. standards for a six month provisional certification. Provisional certification will be allowed provided full certification is granted by P.O.S.T. prior to expiration of the provisional certification.
  • officer_directing_trafficAll costs associated with P.O.S.T. certification will be at the applicant’s expense.
  • Specific categories of misdemeanor convictions on or after July 01, 2001 will result in the denial of P.O.S.T. Certification; therefore, applicants who are affected by Senate Bill 01-016 will be disqualified from the testing process.  To determine your eligibility and to get a listing of misdemeanor convictions that apply, you may check the State of Colorado P.O.S.T. web site here.
  • Criminal Convictions:  Applicants that have any felony conviction or felony deferred judgments will be disqualified from the process.  Applicants with any misdemeanor conviction (non-traffic) or misdemeanor deferred judgments within the last 36 months will be disqualified from the process.  Any misdemeanor conviction involving moral turpitude will disqualify the applicant from the process.
  • Illegal drug activity:  Applicants who have illegally sold, delivered, distributed, or manufactured drugs will be disqualified.  Applicants who have illegally used drugs within the last 36 months will be disqualified.  The applicant’s prior illegal use of drugs will be taken into consideration during the process. Applicant use of marijuana six months prior to application will be disqualified.
  • Driving and employment record: Applicants must have a good driving record and employment record to be considered for employment.
  • Ability to perform the essential job functions: Applicants must be capable of performing the essential job functions (Tasks of a Police Officer) of an entry level police officer.
  • Residency: To be assigned a take home vehicle all police officers must reside within a 20 minute drive time to the Gunnison City limits.
  • Physical Ability: Police officers are required to maintain a specified level of physical stamina and conditioning throughout their career.  Annual testing may be conducted to ensure compliance.
  • Work Schedule: Police officers must be capable of working 40 hours a week. Patrol Officers are assigned to one of three 10 hour shifts, providing 24 hour coverage. Shifts are assigned by shift bidding based on officer seniority. Department provides 365 day coverage so officers may be required to work weekends, holidays and any of the three shifts as assigned.
  • Must complete Department selection process.

Welcome to Gunnison

Gunnison is a small mountain community on the western slope of Colorado with a population of approximately 6,560 full time residents. The population increases annually with the influx of tourism and Western Colorado University students numbering an additional 2,500. The City of Gunnison is the county seat for Gunnison County. Gunnison has a rich history of ranching, agriculture, mining, tourism and outdoor recreation opportunities that bring many more people through the community.
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