CDPS Culture

What it's like to work at the Department of Public Safety


Our Mission:

Engaged employees working together to safeguard the public and deliver diverse public safety services. 

We intentionally start our mission with "engaged employees" because our members are at the heart of everything we do. 

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Our Values:


"Safer Together"

six women in plaid shirts smile for the camera


CDPS members come together to save lives and serve the public. We encourage collaboration - with other units, divisions, departments and with our partners in the communities we serve. 

Employee Resource Groups

Employees have affinity groups where they join together on professional development, peer support, employee engagement, leadership development, community service, environmental sustainability and more.

Connection and Celebration

Although CDPS has about 2,000 employees across our state, we find ways to connect with one another to build relationships, help each other out, and celebrate our successes. We hold recognition events at the division and department levels, host social events such as holiday parties and the annual Veteran's Day commemoration, and organize charitable activities like the Colorado Combined Campaign chili cook-off and the Special Olympics Torch Run. 

Honor: Speak Up

A solemn Director Stan Hilkey holds up a candle

Our employees are proud of their work and believe their work is important and valued by the public.

Our members feel they are personally held accountable for achieving results.

Our supervisors do a great job managing employees, providing clear expectations, treating employees with respect and providing timely feedback.

We hold ourselves to the highest standards of ethics, and we encourage our members to speak up in honor of what is right and just. 

Service: Chip in.

John Emsen sits in a reclining chair squeezing a ball to give blood while his daughter smiles on.

Helping others is in our blood.

The people who work at CDPS  have a deep drive to serve. In our state employee engagement surveys, our employees consistently state that the reason they work for the state, and the thing they find most satisfying about it, is the opportunity to serve others and make a real difference in people's lives. 

Volunteering and fundraising efforts 
In addition to serving the public through their jobs, CDPS members join together to give back.

In 2019 CDPS employees pledged nearly $40,000 to hundreds of Colorado charities through the Colorado Combined Campaign. 
CDPS members also engage in various annual charitable initiatives, including food drives, blood drives, Polar Plunges and the Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run. 

A place where all voices are respected and heard.

a large group of CDPS employees sits in rows in a room listening

CDPS is an equal opportunity employer. We welcome diversity of identities, backgrounds and ideas.

  • Civil Rights & Non-Discrimination. CDPS policy prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, disability, age, low-income, or limited English proficiency.
  • Equity, Diversity & Inclusion. In 2020, we launched a departmentwide Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) initiative that aims to weave these values into the fabric of everything we do. The initiative aims to make CDPS a welcoming place that recruits, retains, engages, listens to, and involves people of all races, ethnicities, genders, religions, ages, abilities, and life experiences. 
  • Military and Veterans. We are honored that more than 12% of our employees have served or continue to serve in the military. If you are a veteran, you may be eligible for veteran's preference points.
  • Applicants and Employees with Disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations to enable their participation in the hiring and promotional processes.

In their own words...

What we love about CDPS Employees

What CDPS employees love about their jobs

Get to know us! Meet some members of CDPS:

Kevin Rants, Administrative Services (EDO)

Maria Trujillo, Office for Victims Programs

DFPC's Center of Excellence Team

And a little bit of fun...

CDPS Leaders Compete in a "Joke Off"