Join the RTD Transit Police Department

The RTD Transit Police Department is projected to grow by over 40 officers in a year as we expand to better serve our communities. Be part of our vision to protect transit customers and communities as we make lives better through connections across 2,400 square miles, eight counties, and 40 cities across the Denver metro region.

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Dedicated To Your Safety

RTD’s Transit Police Division provides the highest quality police services by working with our RTD community and sharing our mutual responsibilities for safety, service, and problem resolution. Each of our officers prides themselves on the values of integrity, honor, and respect, proudly displayed on the patch on their shoulders.

Why You Should Work With Us

  • RTD will pay academy tuition for Lateral Officers to become certified
  • (Non-certified) RTD will pay academy tuition and salary to obtain certification 
  • Opportunities for advancement become possible based on job performance, experience, education and position availability
  • Interact with residents in the community to strengthen the relationship between the police department and the public
  • Enforce laws and regulations as part of our vision to protect the public
  • Be part of a growing department as we expand to better serve our communities and gain invaluable experience 
  • We patrol 2,400 square miles with jurisdiction in 8 counties and 40 cities across the Denver Metro region

Career Paths:

Transit Police Officers in Union Station

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K9 Bomb Detection

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Compensation & Benefits

Transit Police Officer Salary Step Scale

P01 $60,924 Academy recruit and field training phase
P02 $65,188 Completion of first full year
P03 $69,751 Completion of second full year
P04 $74,633 Completion of third full year
P05 $79,857 Completion of fourth full year
P06 $85,447 Completion of fifth full year
P07 $93,991 Completion of sixth full year


Transit Police Officer (Lateral) Salary Step Scale

P03 $69,751 More than 2 years, but less than 3 years of patrol
P04 $74,633 More than 3 years, but less than 4 years of patrol
P05 $79,857 More than 4 years, but less than 5 years of patrol
P06 $85,447 More than 5 years, but less than 6 years of patrol
P07 $93,991 More than 6 years of patrol


Career Map

Opportunities for advancement become possible based on job performance, experience, education and position availability.


RTD offers opportunity, stability, and on-the-job training along with a comprehensive benefits package including:

A competitive salary with possible hiring bonus and growth potential

Professional training/education allowances and paid in-house training programs

Several medical, dental, and vision plan options, and fitness/wellness center

An excellent retirement savings plan

Requirements & Certifications

Valid Colorado Peace Officer Standards and Training certification.

Minimum of two years patrol duty, consisting of street related duty, while employed full time by state, county, municipal, or sheriff's department.

Proficient in all aspects of the investigations process.

Proficiency with the criminal justice system; includes federal, state, and local law enforcement regulations

Hiring Process

Application Drug Test
Written Test Criminal Background Check
Oral Board Interview Polygraph Examination
Personal History Statement Psychological Test
Job Suitable Assessment  Medical Evaluation

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Meet Chief Joel Fitzgerald

Joel Fitzgerald

Dr. Joel Fitzgerald Sr. is RTD’s Chief of Police and Emergency Management, a role that carries primary responsibility for customer safety and security across the eight counties and 40 cities of the Denver Metro region in which RTD operates. He joined the agency on Aug. 22, 2022, following a nationwide search.

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