Is it time for you to “give back” to your community?

Have you always felt like you were meant to serve and protect others?

Well then, become a Colorado P.O.S.T. Certified Reserve Police Officer with the Colorado Rangers!


Colorado P.O.S.T. Certifications

There are two levels of P.O.S.T. certification in Colorado – Basic (required for paid positions) and Reserve (unpaid).  Those with a Basic certification may serve as a Reserve Officer.

Basic and Reserve certifications are valid for three (3) after graduating from the Academy and will remain active as long as the Officer is employed with an agency and remains in good standing as well as for three (3) years after leaving an agency if they do not become employed by another agency.

Expired Basic P.O.S.T. certifications may be renewed and you’ll find more information about the process HERE.  Reserve certifications that expire cannot be renewed and completion of another P.O.S.T. Reserve Academy would be required.

For more information on Colorado P.O.S.T. certifications, visit this SITE.


There are several requirements that must be met in order to serve as a P.O.S.T. certified peace officer in Colorado and as a Reserve Police Officer with the Colorado Rangers including being a resident of Colorado.

For more information on the P.O.S.T. requirements for certification, use the links below:

In addition to the obvious disqualifier of a felony conviction, there are certain misdemeanors that will preclude certification which can be found HERE.

After receiving P.O.S.T. certification, there are other requirements that must be met in order to be appointed as a peace officer in Colorado which include those listed HERE.

Finally, there are also other requirements to be commissioned by the Colorado Rangers which will be explained by one of our Recruiters.

Colorado Rangers Police

Important Recruiting Update!

April 14, 2021

Prospective Applicants WITHOUT a current Colorado P.O.S.T. certification

Only a few slots are still open!

We will be accepting a limited number of additional applications until April 20 for our next Reserve Police Academy class which begins on Friday evening, June 04, 2021. 

The timeline is very tight now which means that only the most qualified and highly motivated should begin the inquiry and, if invited, application process for our next Academy class. 

If you are truly serious in your desire to serve, complete the form below and prepare yourself to fill out forms, upload documents, schedule and complete your psychological exam, successfully pass through our background investigation and oral interview process!

Those that are invited to apply after initial discussions will need to complete and submit their application and lengthy personal history statement, along with many supporting documents quickly to be considered.  In addition, the required psychological examination, fingerprint submission and extensive background investigation will need to be scheduled and completed within a few weeks.

IF, repeat IF, you are serious in your intent and feel that you are very well qualified, please submit the form below on this page which is your first step in our process.  On of our Recruiters will contact you with further information and to answer your questions.

Prospective Applicants WITH a current Colorado P.O.S.T. certification

If you have a current, or renewable, Colorado P.O.S.T. certification, you are welcome to proceed and submit the inquiry form below.

Prospect Inquiry Form

Please use this form to inquire about becoming a Reserve Police Officer with the Colorado Rangers.  If you wish to make a general inquiry, express a concern or leave a comment, please use a different form that you will find by clicking HERE.

Geographic areas

Colorado Rangers has three Troops located along the Front Range which serve dozens of partner agencies from Windsor to Fountain and Haxtun to Leadville.

Rangers may accept duty shifts throughout our area of operations and they are not limited to areas in or near each Troop’s primary area.. 

For travel convenience, Rangers usually select a “home Troop” that is closest to their residence or place of employment.

Troop H – Fort Lupton (Agency HQ)

Troop K – Highlands Ranch / Castle Rock

Troop I – Colorado Springs / Fountain

No obligation

While there is no obligation involved here, we ask that you use this inquiry form only if you are genuinely interested in the possibility of applying to our Agency.

What to expect after you submit this form

One of our Recruiters will usually contact you within a few business days.  Please be patient as they have regular street duty as well.

Please note that required fields on this form are marked with an asterisk*

Please include your phone # in case we need to reach you if email does not work for any reason.
If a Recruiter has not contacted you within 5 business days, please resubmit this form. Thank you.