Selection Process

Application period for Port of Entry Intern positions is now closed.

The POE Intern selection process takes several months to complete and consists of the following steps:

Step 1- Comparative Analysis

All of your application materials (state application, resume, cover letter) will be reviewed as part of the selection process to create a ranked order of all applicants who meet the minimum requirements. It is imperative that your application, provide as much information and detail as possible about your education, knowledge, skills and experience as they relate to the requirements and duties of this position as described within the vacancy announcement.

If you are a military veteran you must submit a copy of your DD214 at the time of application so we can determine if you are eligible for veteran's preference points.

Step 2- Interview

The highest scoring candidates will be invited to an interview.

Step 3. Background Investigation

A background investigation and interview will be completed that will include verfication of current tax status, criminal history, driving record and employment history.

Step 4. Polygraph examination

Step 5- Drug test


Disqualification Considerations

Integrity

To be disqualified by an appointing authority upon admission or confirmation of:

  • Theft or taken without permission of items, goods and/or money (combined) of over $300 from an employer within the past 3 years (including military for personal gain).
  • Soliciting, offering, paying or accepting a bribe as defined criminally in CRS (government official)
  • An applicant who has served in any branch of the military and was discharged under Entry Level/Uncharacterized, with a discharge status of "General," "Other Than Honorable," "Bad Conduct," or "Dishonorable" with 10 years after their date of discharge.

To be considered under the totality of circumstances for disqualification by the appointing authority based on the circumstances and information.

  • False, fabricated, incomplete or intentionally omitted information that affects the candidate’s application for consideration.

Drug Behavior

To be disqualified by an appointing authority upon admission or confirmation of:

  • Any illegal use, purchase, distribution, cultivation or possession of marijuana within the last 12 months.
  • Any use, purchase, possession, manufacture or distribution of illegal drugs, except for marijuana, within the past 5 years.
  • Any illegal use, purchase, distribution, or manufacture of controlled schedule I, II, or III drugs (as defined in C.R.S. 18-18-102) within the last 5 years.
  • Use of any illegal drug, on or off duty, while employed as a law enforcement officer.
  • Refusal to agree to submit to previous employers drug screening or drug testing as an employee within the past 5 years

To be considered under the totality of circumstances for disqualification by the appointing authority based on the circumstances and information.

  • Use or possession of illegal drugs beyond 5 years, the appointing authority should consider the frequency of the behavior, the quantity of the drugs involved and the type of drug.
  • The circumstances and frequency surrounding the illegal use of a prescription controlled schedule I, II or III drugs (as defined in C.R.S. 18-18-102) within the last 5 years.

Alcohol Behavior

To be disqualified by an appointing authority upon admission or confirmation of:

  • Unauthorized consumption of an alcoholic beverage while on “patrol” duty as a law enforcement officer.
  • Refusal to agree to submit to a previous employer alcohol testing as an employee within the past 5 years

To be considered under the totality of circumstances for disqualification by the appointing authority based on the circumstances and information.

  • Unauthorized consumption of an alcoholic beverage while on duty as a law enforcement officer.

Consideration given to the circumstances and frequency of consumption during the attendance at conferences or events.

Criminal Behavior

To be disqualified by an appointing authority upon admission or confirmation of:

  • Any felony conviction
  • Any domestic violence conviction
  • Certain misdemeanor crime convictions, those defined by P.O.S.T., which would affect peace officer certification in Colorado.

To be considered under the totality of circumstances for disqualification by the appointing authority based on the circumstances and information.

  • Any incident of misdemeanor shoplifting or accessory to shoplifting, whether charged or not, within the past 3 years
  • The circumstances and frequency of incident of a crime against a person, whether charged or not, within the past 3 years.

Driving History

To be disqualified by an appointing authority upon admission or confirmation of:

  • Any DUI, DWAI, DUID conviction within the past 3 years
  • Any license suspension / revocation (not including FRA suspension) within the last 2 years
  • Any hit and run accident with damage to another party or injury, within the last 3 years whether reported or not.
  • Any incident of eluding or attempting to elude an emergency vehicle within the last 3 years whether charged or not.

To be considered under the totality of circumstances for disqualification by the appointing authority based on the circumstances and information.

  • Any license suspension / revocation within the last 5 years including FRA suspension
  • The circumstances and frequency of incident of a crime against a person, whether caught or not within the past 3 years.
  • The circumstances and frequency of incident of hit and run without reporting if no damage to another party, within the last 3 years.
  • The circumstances and frequency of 3 or more convictions of moving traffic violations within the past 12 months and/or 5 or more convictions of moving traffic violations within the past 5 years (speeding, turning violations, following too closely, signaling violations, lane violations, right of way, etc.)