Military Veterans at TPD: Serving Country and Community
The Thornton Police Department would like to thank all current military personnel and military veterans for their service
in the United States Armed Forces! We welcome military veterans who want to be a part of a rewarding career in public
safety. You may continue your commitment to serve with pride for a cause greater than yourself by becoming a Thornton
Police Officer and committing your time, professionalism and dedication to the citizens of our great city! The skills
you gained during your time of service, such as working well under pressure, serving with honor, giving and following
direction, and above all leadership, will assist you in your success as a civilian police officer.
The City of Thornton offers significant benefits for qualifying veterans:
- Pursuant to Section 15 of Article 12 of the Colorado State Constitution, veterans may be eligible to apply Veterans'
Preference credits to their eligibility list score. In order to add these points an applicant must:
- Submit a DD214
- Active duty military personnel who do not yet possess their DD214 shall provide Human Resources with a letter
from their base commander indicating their end of service date and anticipated type of discharge. Once discharged,
an applicant will provide their DD214 showing an honorable discharge.
- Military Leave with pay in an amount not exceeding 15 days in a calendar year.
- Eligible for GI benefits compensation for on-the-job training while in the Police Academy, Recruit Academy and
during Field Training.
- Chapter 33 Post-9/11 G.I. Bill Benefits
- For the Chapter 33 Post-9/11 G.I. Bill benefits a Basic Housing Allowance (BAH) is paid each month throughout the duration of the academy. The current rate for the BAH is $2016.00 (effective
- The veteran will also receive a books and supplies stipend in the amount of $1000 annually throughout the academy. This money may be used to purchase your service weapon.
- During the 8 month OJT period after graduation, the veteran police officer will receive the same amount given in the academy for the BAH for the 1st six (6) months but thereafter the amount will decrease by 20% every six (6) months.
- Chapter 33 Post-9/11 G.I. Bill benefit pay rates are determined by service time.
Several Thornton Police Officers have used their military experience to transition smoothly into law enforcement. We currently
have 3 police officers who are retired military service members:
Deputy Chief Leroy Cross
SgtMaj (Ret.), 30 years
Officer Keith Kramer
NCCS(SS/AW) (Ret.), 21 years
Maj (Ret.), 22 years
There are an additional 45 former military service members in our department, and of them, five officers are still
active reservists. We understand there are specific questions that a military applicant may have prior to applying
to become a police officer or may have questions that arise during the hiring process. Because of this, we have two
designated Military Liaison Officers who will help you with your transition to becoming a Thornton Police Officer.