What to Expect During the Selection Process

The selection process is comprised of three phases and is expected to take a few months to complete.

Phase I-Intern Positions Only

Written Exam
A multiple choice written exam will be administered to all intern applicants. This exam measures essential skills, such as: reading comprehension, reasoning, public relations and logic. You must be in the top-scoring group on the written tests to move forward in the process. If you do not score high enough on the written exam, you will not move on in the process. You may take the written exam again after 12 months has passed. The top scoring applicants will be notified via email to proceed to the next phase.


Phase II-Intern and Technician Positions

Criticall
This is an instrument that tests an applicant’s abilitiy to follow directions provided in writing and/or verbally, computer skills, multi-tasking and ability to make decisions based upon structured rules; however no prior dispatching experience is necessary to successfully pass the exam. This exam will take approximately two hours to complete. In order to move forward in the testing process, an applicant must pass with the minimum score in all areas. The applicant will be notified by the person administering the exam on whether they move on or not.

Communication Center Observation
A minimum of four hours observing on the communication center is required. This must be scheduled within 10 days of completion of the Criticall examination and must be done before the completion of the background investigation.

Oral Examination and Interview
You will be scheduled for this examination if you pass the Criticall. This is a scored examination and will be combined with the other examination scores to give each applicant a composite score. This composite score ranks the applicants and establishes an eligible list for the geographic location the applicant has applied for. The top applicant will then be provided a conditional job offer and will proceed to the steps below.


Phase III-Conditional Offer and Background Process

Background Investigation
This consists of a review of the Supplemental Application, criminal and driving history. The background investigation will entail an interview with an applicant as well as a thorough review of an applicant’s employment history, including past job duties, and interviews with supervisors and fellow workers.

Polygraph Examination
The polygraph examination is a confidential interview with a communication applicant concerning the applicant’s lifestyle, job history, and personal background. A trained examiner conducts the polygraph. During the exam, the applicant will wear recording components attached to an instrument designed to continuously record the occurrence of physiological reactions of the human body. All CDPS polygraph instruments, as a minimum, record pulse and blood pressure variations, respiration rate and relative volume, and changes in skin resistance or conductance.

Pre-employment testing
A job related medical exam, psychological exam and a drug screen must be successfully completed.  

Final Offer Given
A final employment offer will be made to the selected applicant upon successful completion of all required exams. You will be notified via email of your status.

Any evidence of falsification of information provided to us as any phase of these inquiries will be a cause for immediate disqualification.

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 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.

  • 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. 

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 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 3 years including FRA suspension.

  • Any hit and run accident with damage to another party or injury, within the last 3 years whether reported or not.

  • 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 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.).