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 $2028.00 (with dependents).
    • 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
Deputy Chief Leroy Cross
Marine Corps
SgtMaj (Ret.), 30 years
Officer Keith Kramer
Officer Keith Kramer
Navy
NCCS(SS/AW) (Ret.), 21 years
Sergeant Troy Jones
Sergeant Troy Jones
Air Force
Maj (Ret.), 22 years
There are an additional 70 former military service members in our department, and of them, six officers are still active reservists. We understand there are specific questions that a military applicant may have prior to applying to becoming a police officer or may have questions that arise during the hiring process. Because of this, we have a designated Military Liaison Officer who will help you with your transition to becoming a Thornton Police Officer. Please contact Sergeant Troy Jones at 720-977-5058 or at Troy.Jones@thorntonco.gov.

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