Aurora is a great place to

Continue your career.

Making a difference in the community.

Lateral Officers

The men and women of the Aurora Police Department are honored to serve such a vibrant, diverse, and growing community. Aurora offers you a long and rewarding career with limitless opportunities to explore all the specialized units of a modern law enforcement agency.

  • $87K for officers with 3 years of prior experience
  • $106K for officers with 4 years of prior experience
  • 14-week paid fast track academy
  • 401(A) or Defined Benefit plan options
  • 457(b) Deferred Compensation Plan
  • Paid life insurance, 1.5 times annual salary
  • Duty weapon, uniform and equipment provided
  • 2-5 weeks’ vacation depending on years of service, accelerated annual leave accrual
  • 40 hours of Vacation Leave immediately accrued upon start of academy (For use after 6 months of employment)
  • 10 Paid holidays
  • 120 hours annual Sick Leave
  • 40 hours of Sick Leave immediately accrued upon start of academy
  • 28 hours of Personal Leave each calendar year
  • Long Term Disability
  • Short Term Disability
  • Patrol shift differential pay
  • Special assignments
  • Excellent health, dental and vision plans are available for Police Officers and their eligible family members/domestic partners. The City contributes to all plans.
  • Application 

  • Background Investigation 

    • Personal History Statement

    • Job Suitability Assessment 

  • Lateral Testing Week (Expenses Paid to Include: Airfare, hotel, rideshare and per diem)

    • Oral Board Interview 

    • Conditional Job Offer

    • Physical Fitness Test 

    • Polygraph

    • POST Psychological Evaluation

    • Medical Assessment/Drug Test

  • Final File Review

  • Final Job Offer

  • Must be twenty-one (21) years old
  • No felony convictions
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Valid driver’s license
  • U.S. Citizen OR a lawful, permanent resident
  • Three (3) years related law enforcement experience within the previous four (4) year period immediately preceding the application.
  • Minimum (1) year of sworn peace officer experience within the last (3) years
    • Other related experience includes:
      • Corrections / Detention Officers
      • Active Duty Military
      • Civilian Investigators working for a government agency
      • Time spent attending a police academy

Overview of Department Ranks with pay (2024)

  • Detective $117,023.00
  • Sergeant $127,376.00
  • Lieutenant $146,005.00
  • Captain $160,685.00

Together, we can make a difference.