Police Department


Welcome to the City of Leadville's Police Department


Police Chief Skiing


Our goal is to provide progressive, high-quality police services to residents and visitors to the City of Leadville. In order to achieve this goal, we are committed to working collaboratively with all members of the community in a manner that develops trust, transparency and open lines of communication.

Our Culture:

We don’t have a SWAT team, K-9’s, Helicopters, or big-city-style policing.

What we DO have are opportunities for creative, civic-minded, culturally competent police officer candidates who want to work closely with our community to provide fair, just, and equitable law enforcement services.

Leadville is a “real” mountain town, surrounded by some of Colorado’s highest mountain peaks and less than an hour away from world-class skiing destinations like Vail and Copper Mountain. Our city is surrounded by National Forests with miles of mountain biking and hiking trails, groomed cross-country skiing, and access to top-notch backcountry skiing. Nearby Turquoise Lake offers fishing, boating, and stand-up paddleboarding. The Upper Arkansas River offers gold medal fly-fishing and there are many miles of trails open to power sports in winter and summer. 



Employment Opportunities

Community Service Officer II

This is a full-time, civilian position with a full benefits package and a starting pay rate of $20.00/hr.

Job Description

Write police reports for non-emergency situations that do not require police officer authority or involve suspects. Enforce city codes and ordinances related to parking, abatement, and littering. Respond to the following types of calls for service: burglary, theft from a motor vehicle, theft, shoplifting, criminal mischief, graffiti/vandalism, bicycle theft, identity theft, found/lost property, lost or stolen property including checks, credit or debit cards, non-injury traffic collisions to facilitate information exchange between involved parties; coordinate tow services for disabled vehicles. Perform traffic control during major events, traffic accidents, fires, and major crime scenes. Conduct frequent walking patrols of the Harrison Ave. business district and public parks. Community engagement functions. Attend neighborhood meetings, and community and/or public events.


FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AND/OR QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS POSITION, INTERESTED PARTIES ARE ENCOURAGED TO CONTACT LEADVILLE POLICE COMMISSIONER HAL EDWARDS AT: hedwards@leadville-co.gov or (719)486-1365. Resumes can be mailed to: Leadville Police Department, 800 Harrison Ave., Leadville, CO, 80461.

Application Process

Applicants must submit a resume detailing their qualifications as outlined in this job announcement. Applicants must complete a Leadville Police Department application, available at City Hall. Applicants meeting the minimum job requirements will be scheduled for an interview with the Leadville Police Commissioner. Applicants chosen to advance in the application process will then be subject to a background investigation and scheduled for a physical exam. Must be able to pass a criminal history background check and physical fitness exam. Must be able to walk and/or stand for extended periods of time in all weather conditions. Must be a proficient bicyclist, capable of comfortably riding 10 to 20 miles per day. Best candidate will have basic bicycle mechanic skills. Must have excellent writing skills. Best candidate will have exemplary customer service skills and/or extensive work experience involving customer service. Best candidate will have work and/or volunteer experience working with at-risk youth. Best candidate will have Spanish language proficiency and multi-cultural competency (candidates who pass the language proficiency exam will qualify for an additional 5% pay increase).


Must be at least 20 yrs. old. Must be able to work legally in the United States. Must be a high-school graduate (some college preferred).
  • Conduct seasonal (summer) bicycle courtesy patrol activity on the Mineral Belt Trail and within city limits.
  • Assist drivers in stalled vehicles and summon other necessary assistance; respond to pedestrians, bicyclists, and other community members in need of assistance.
  • Broadcast and receive messages via police radio and Mobile Digital Terminal (MDT); maintain contact with field units; ask for assistance when appropriate due to incident type and scope.
  • Assist police officers in searching for missing persons such as elderly adults, medically fragile adults, or children when there is no reason to believe they are a threat to themselves or the community.
  • Assist administrative staff.
  • Report suspected criminal activity to police field units.
  • Conduct other duties and tasks based on the needs of the Department.
  • Operate police vehicles according to department policy.
Leadville Police Officer

This is a full-time position with a full benefits package.

Job Description

Interact with members of the community in a manner that is respectful, professional, and beyond reproach. Work effectively with community organizations and neighboring law enforcement organizations. Work collaboratively with community stakeholders and citizens to solve issues equitably. Perform a wide variety of investigative tasks. Produce written documentation to a high standard. Answer a wide variety of calls for service with courtesy and professionalism. Be ready to perform all duties in a high alpine climate with challenging winter weather conditions.

Application Process

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AND/OR QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS POSITION, INTERESTED PARTIES ARE ENCOURAGED TO CONTACT LEADVILLE POLICE COMMISSIONER HAL EDWARDS AT: hedwards@leadville-co.gov or (719)486-1365. Resumes can be mailed to: Leadville Police Department, 800 Harrison Ave., Leadville, CO, 80461.


Must be a high school graduate. Be able to work legally in the United States. Be 21 years of age or older. Pass a comprehensive background check. Pass physical and psychological assessments. Pass a written skills assessment and oral board interview. Spanish language skills are highly desirable.

Our pay and benefits package includes:

A three-tried pay scale with 6 annual merit-based pay steps based on level of education with a pay range between; $53,000 and $81,170. Pay incentives for: Spanish language proficiency (must pass language skills assessment) 5%, night-shift differential (3%), Field Training Officer (5%), on-call pay (25% of base salary while on-call). 120hrs. of PTO and 10 paid holidays to start with longevity-based PTO increases. Health, Dental and Vision Insurance Individual and Public Service retirement plans. After 1 year of service; $600 annual wellness benefit (can be used for ski passes).


Records Requests:

To request a record from the Police Department, please print, complete, and return the Records Request Form to the Police Department.