Police Officer Pay Progression: The City of Thornton has a step and merit pay plan in place for Police Officers. Step increases are received on anniversary dates contingent upon successful performance and availability of budget dollars. Merit pay may also be awarded on performance.
0 through 2
3 through 4
5 through 7
8 through 9
10 through 12
13 through 14
15 through 19
20 and over
Sick Leave: Each employee accrues sick leave at a rate of eight hours per month.
Holiday Pay: Each employee will receive 10 paid holidays plus two floating holidays.
Medical Insurance: The City of Thornton offers group health, dental, and vision benefits to all regular full-time employees.
Retirement: Sworn officers hired on or after July 11, 2017 will make a pre-tax contribution to the Fire and Police Pension Association (FPPA) Defined Benefit Plan of 9.5% of base pay in 2017 which will increase ½% per year through 2022 to 12%. This mandatory contribution is in lieu of social security. In addition, the City offers a Deferred Compensation Plan (457 plan) administered by Nationwide. The City will match one-half of an employee’s voluntary (pre-tax) contribution up to 1 percent.
Retiree Healthcare: New retirees who have been enrolled in one of the City’s medical plans prior to retirement, and have reached 25 years of service and are 55 years old, or 30 years of service and are 50 years old, may continue healthcare benefits through the City until they reach Medicare eligible or 65 years old, whichever comes first.
Uniforms: Each Officer is completely outfitted upon appointment (excluding a firearm and footwear). Each officer also receives a uniform allowance of $884 annually.
Collective Bargaining Agreement: Sworn officers at the rank of Sergeant and below have the right to bargain collectively with the City with respect to wages, rates of pay, hours, grievance procedures, working conditions and all other terms and conditions of employment except pensions and public management rights.
Multilingual Pay: Employees who meet certain proficiency requirements as determined by Human Resources in Spanish, Hmong or American Sign Language are eligible for multilingual pay. Pay is determined based on proficiency level.
After a candidate has been POST certified through a Colorado Law Enforcement Academy, and has been selected to join the Thornton Police Department, they will attend the Thornton Police Department In house Recruit Academy. The Thornton Police Department In House Recruit Academy is an academy designed to train and certify recruits on Thornton-specific skills, tools and municipal codes. Using a foundation of CIT-focused strategies, our academy consists of range training, defensive tactics and intermediate tools, EVOC training to include PIT certification, and report writing training. After successfully completing the Recruit Academy, officers will attend an academy graduation where they will be sworn in by a district judge. Recruit Officers will then begin their phase training. Our FTO program has the option of acceleration for lateral officers based on performance. Recruit Officers will be assigned to three different Field Training Officers through their phase training which will expose them to a wide range of skills and abilities. After successfully completing Field Training, officers will begin their solo assignment on an assigned shift. Thornton Patrol Officers work four 10-hour shifts a week on either a days, swings or graveyard shift. These shifts are bid for annually based on seniority with the department.
The Thornton Police Department is a progressive department whose defined core values of Leadership, Accountability, Teamwork, Safety and Tradition guide us towards our vision of being the standard of excellence in law enforcement. The City of Thornton is currently the sixth largest city in the State of Colorado. With only 55 percent of the City of Thornton land currently developed and as steady growth continues, it is projected that the City will double in size. This expected growth will provide an excellent opportunity for career advancement. With 243 currently authorized sworn police officer positions, and 76 non sworn positions, we are currently the fourth largest metro police department.
A key factor contributing to the success of the Thornton Police Department is our dedication in pursuing top candidates to join our team. We believe in hiring the best, recognizing that you will be instrumental in helping us achieve our goals. We value all members of our organization and create an environment that encourages teamwork, diversity, innovation and excellence.
The City of Thornton possesses a productive work culture where you will be encouraged to continually strive to develop and improve yourself personally and professionally. By joining our team you are choosing to be part of an exciting profession that delivers unparalleled job satisfaction.
Field Training Officer
Crisis Negotiation Team
School Resource Officer
Emergency Vehicle Operations Control (EVOC) Instructor
Defensive Tactics Instructor
Drug Recognition Expert (DRE)
High Density Housing Team
Professional Standards Unit
Public Information Officer
Planning and Research
Special Investigations Unit
Crime Scene Investigators
North Metro Drug Task Force
"The Thornton Police Department embodies excellence, creating an organization that passionately serves and protects the community. I am honored to wear this badge and represent this agency."
"The City of Thornton is a great place to work and the citizens are very supportive and often, will approach me thanking me for my service. It’s an honor to serve such a supportive city."
"Growing up I always thought about being a teacher, a cosmetologist, an attorney, seems like everything but a police officer. One day I did a ride along, and I fell in love with it!"
"I knew the Thornton Police Department was the place for me immediately upon speaking with the recruit coordinator. Learning about the mission, vision and core values, I was sold."