Arvada Police Department prides itself on the professionalism of its police officers.
All Arvada police officers must possess a four-year degree from an accredited university prior to being hired by the Department, one of the few law enforcement agencies in the State of Colorado who carry this requirement.
After being hired, the majority of police officers begin their career in the Patrol Bureau. The Patrol Bureau is what most citizens think of when they think of their local police department.
Members of the Patrol Bureau are full-service police officers. This means that they respond to calls for service, initiate their own calls for service during patrol shifts, conduct traffic enforcement, file hundreds of cases with the district attorney's office each year, regularly engage in community policing efforts, and other myriad of duties and responsibilities.
Eight teams, comprised of between five to nine officers patrol the streets of Arvada on a variety of shifts, 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week.
In addition to the patrol teams, there are several other specialized functions within the Patrol Bureau.
- Community Response Impact Team addresses criminal activity and statistical trends that have a negative impact on the quality of life for citizens of Arvada. It is also the goal of the team to concentrate on high crime areas and problem properties that present a drain on the Patrol Bureau and the Criminal Investigation Bureau.
- School Resource Officers are in the city's four middle schools and four high schools throughout the year, performing patrol duties within the entire school community.
The Arvada Police Department's Traffic Unit is proactive in conducting traffic enforcement in the city. The team targets areas where high numbers of accidents have occurred to increase traffic safety, as well as other officer-initiated enforcement.