Lateral Police Detective

  • 500 E. Third Street, Loveland, Colorado
  • Aug 29, 2023
Full Time Criminology and Forensics Public Safety

Job Description



GENERAL PURPOSE: Responsible for the investigation of cases as assigned by the Criminal Investigations Division Sergeant.

$15,000 HIRING BONUS for Lateral Transfers

  • $7,500 upon successful completion of Field Training
  • $7,500 upon completion of 12-month probation period
LATERAL HIRING SALARY Lateral I [ 2 to 3 years experience ]

  • $82,500 per year
  • $89,000 per year after 12-month probation period
  • $15,000 hiring bonus
Lateral II [3-5 years experience ]

  • $89,000 per year
  • $95,800 per year after 12-month probation period
  • $15,000 hiring bonus
Lateral III [5+ years experience ]

  • $95,800 per year
  • $102,300 per year after 12-month probation period
  • $15,000 hiring bonus

SELECTION PROCESS: (please note, additional dates will not be available)

  • Posting will close:
  • Zoom Panel Interview: August 28-29
  • Search Warrant Exercise via zoom: August 31st, September 1st, or September 4th
  • Three Case reviews submitted via email: Due September 6th at 9:00am via email or flash drive delivered to department
  • In-person Interview: TBD
  • Conditional Job offer: September
  • Background: October-November

  • When requested by officers or assigned by Criminal Investigations Division Sergeant or Lieutenant, respond to and assume command of the scene of criminal activity.
  • Perform investigative responsibilities and field supervision of crime scenes, in addition to performing investigative work and general administrative activities.
  • Conduct criminal investigations that require additional follow-up, case management, interview/interrogating witnesses and suspects, testifying in court, gathering evidence, and locating and apprehending suspects.
  • Conduct criminal and special investigations, including domestic violence, burglaries, thefts, robberies, assaults, sex offenses, homicides, and the enforcement of City, County, and State laws.
  • Receiving calls from and assisting other law enforcement agencies in emergencies or with requests for assistance with investigations, including Critical Incident Response Team (C.I.R.T.) investigations.
  • Conduct interviews/interrogations of suspects, witnesses, and others connected to criminal investigations.
  • Identify, preserve, and collect evidence in a timely manner, using Department approved methods.
  • In a timely manner, accurately complete forms and written reports associated with investigations.
  • Maintain an organized, accurate, and updated file on cases under investigation.
  • Locate and examine all possible sources of evidence and information regarding assigned cases.
  • Write and execute search and arrest warrants.
  • Arrest suspects of criminal activity upon establishment of probable cause.
  • File cases with the District Attorney's office.
  • Testify in court regarding activities and findings in criminal investigations.
  • Provide routine case updates to assigned Sergeant providing accurate status on investigations. Investigations Sergeant on the status of investigations.

  • Perform surveillance on subjects who are involved in criminal investigations.
  • Function in the capacity of a uniformed Patrol Officer when deemed necessary.
  • Perform other related duties as required and assigned.

Knowledge, Skill & Ability:

  • Written communication skills necessary for the accurate completion of required forms and reports.
  • Oral communication skills that allow for the successful gathering of information from suspects, and witnesses.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively testify in court and legal proceedings.
  • Ability to identify, collect, process and preserve evidence using Department approved methods.
  • Must have knowledge in criminal law and rules of evidence sufficient to conduct investigations without the immediate presence of supervisor or assisting officer/detective.
  • Must be 21 years of age.
  • Minimum standards set forth by Colorado P.O.S.T.
  • Demonstrated mental capacity, emotional stability, and legal/procedural knowledge to analyze situations to make legally and ethically sound decisions.
  • Demonstrated effective verbal communications skills allowing communication with people who are emotional or distressed, under adverse conditions, and to groups of varying sizes.
  • Written communication skills to prepare accurate and concise records and reports of activities/investigations. Personal computer and keyboard skills sufficient to conduct all required Department data searches and document production.
  • Pursuit driving, police baton, electronic control device, pepper spray, arrest control and radar certifications.
  • Firearms proficiency with both the strong and weak hand on all Department issued firearms. Must be able to load, unload, aim and fire handguns, rifles, and other agency firearms from a variety of body positions and under various conditions of stress that justify the use of deadly force, and at levels of proficiency prescribed in certification standards.
  • Must possess a valid Colorado driver's license.
  • Must be able to read, write, speak and understand the English language.
  • This position may require non-traditional work hours and will be subject to on-call status and overtime, including nights, holidays, and weekends.
  • Ability to sit in and/or drive a vehicle for extended periods of time.
  • Must meet physical ability test standards set forth in Department policies.
  • Withstand extreme weather conditions from sub-freezing to hot, humid temperatures.
  • Incumbent must be able to perform duties under a wide range of external conditions from sedentary office work to physically and emotionally demanding activity such as violent physical arrests.
  • Must be able to legally possess and carry a firearm.
Basic Criminal Investigation, Major Crime Investigation School, and/or Interview and Interrogation School preferred.

Experience: Minimum of four years of law enforcement experience, two years in an investigative/detective capacity preferred. Preferred Colorado P.O.S.T. certified. Candidates must have the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform all duties of a police officer.

Material and Equipment Directly Used: Personal Computer, calculator, copy machine, fax machine, tape recorder, body worn camera, camera equipment, fingerprint kit, investigative equipment.

Working Environment/Physical Activities: Some work performed in a typical office environment which requires sitting, reaching, repetitive keyboard motions; other work performed at crime scenes. Must be able to perform the following physical requirements: walking, standing, stooping, kneeling, reaching, pushing, pulling, lifting, grasping, crawling, bending, climbing, feeling, talking, seeing (includes distinguishing color), hearing, and conducting repetitive motions. Ability to function for extended periods of time with little rest or sleep. Extended periods conducting surveillance from vehicle. Building searches and open-air searches. Testifying in court. Public speaking to individuals and groups of varying sizes.

NOTE: This job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, or qualifications associated with the job.

Employment offers will be conditional on an extensive background investigation, criminal, driving record and credit check, polygraph examination, psychological examination, physical requirements assessment and drug screening.


The City of Loveland is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability or sexual orientation. We encourage, value and respect diversity.

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Job Address

500 E. Third Street, Loveland, Colorado 80537 United States View Map