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Deputy Sheriff July 2023 Academy - Denver Sheriff Department

Denver, CO

Please apply as soon as possible if you are interested.

The Denver Sheriff Department is seeking qualified applicants for our January 2023 training academy.

Denver is home to the largest Sheriff Department in the state of Colorado.  The DSD is comprised of two divisions with diverse operations staffed by nearly 1000 uniformed and non-uniformed members.  These operations include two separate jails, security for the District and County court systems, state inmate transportation, extradition duties, fugitive and K-9 units, a Work Release facility, Vehicle Impound Facility and security at Denver Health Medical Center.

The mission of the Denver Sheriff Department is to provide safe and secure custody for those placed in our care and to perform all our duties in a manner that is responsive to the needs of our diverse community.

As a Deputy Sheriff you will be required to work at the Denver County Jail or the Downtown Detention Center, and all employees must be able to successfully work in assignments at either facility. Recruits and employees are required to be flexible in their work schedules; available to work nights, weekends and holidays; able and willing to work in any DSD facility, willing to work amongst inmates and the public; and able to work within small and/or confined spaces.

Successful applicants will be required to complete a 16-week Recruit Training Academy. Recruits are exposed to 16-weeks of intensive training on a variety of subjects, including but not limited to Physical fitness, Inmate Management, Firearms, Emergency driving and report writing.

This position offers:

  • Competitive salary and up to a $3000 Signing Bonus
  • Outstanding benefits to include medical, dental, vision, health savings, life insurance, retirement plans and more
  • Comprehensive pregnancy policy for employees to utilize
  • Denver Sheriff Department employees and their immediate families will receive 25% educational grants at the Colorado Technical University
  • Potential savings of up to 30% on tuition and the opportunity to complete your education up to 30% with CTU Fast Track

Job responsibilities will include:

  • Deputy Sheriffs must work a variety of shifts and lead, supervise and interact with individuals from various socio-economic backgrounds in a variety of unique situations.
  • Performs entry-level to full performance level protective services work for Denver County by providing for the security, care, custody and safety of Denver County inmates and the public in detention, medical, court and transportation settings.
  • Enforces departmental and post orders to ensure inmate security in detention, medical, court and transportation settings including activities such as conducting inspections for contraband, maintenance and safety hazards, taking charge of work details and observing inmate health and behavior and controlling movement of inmates and the public within the facility.
  • Transports inmates between detention centers, police stations, courts, medical facilities and other destinations.
  • Verifies inmate identity, authority to transport and confirms proposed route of travel.
  • Processes inmates for book-in by reviewing inmate charges, court orders and legal status to ensure proper custody and disposition and prepares records for necessary classification.
  • Inventories and receipts for inmate property and personal clothing and for equipment, supplies, uniforms, keys and weapons.
  • Computes good time and release dates, informs inmates of means of release and detention policies and verifies satisfaction of all charges.
  • Prepares and processes work release orders, bonds, census reports and other records and reports.
  • Investigates fights, theft, accidents and other incidents occurring within the institution by preserving the crime scene and maintaining the chain of evidence.
  • Provides testimony in court.
  • Requires meeting certification standards and qualifications in the use of firearms and other tactical weapons.
  • Interacts with others to influence and motivate them; adapts leadership styles to a variety of situations.
  • By position, may be assigned to dispatch sheriffs and vehicles and monitor their movement and current location.
  • By position, may be assigned to search vehicles at the Vehicle Impound Facility.
  • By position, may be assigned to perform administrative duties, such as performance of in-service and academy training; service of civil process for County and District court; conduct research to develop new policies and procedures or participate on hiring panels or in internal investigations.
  • Any one position may not include all the duties listed. However, the allocation of positions will be determined by the amount of time spent in performing the essential duties listed above.


We realize that your time is valuable so please do not apply if you do not have at least the following required minimum qualifications:

  • Education Requirement: Graduation from high school or the possession of a GED, HiSET or TASC Certificate
  • Experience Requirement: None
  • Equivalency: None
  • Licensure & Certification: Applicant must be 21 years of age by the start of the academy. Requires a valid Driver’s License at the time of application. Applicants must meet the certified physical fitness standards adopted by the Department. Licenses and certifications must be kept current as a condition of employment.

To be considered for a Lateral Deputy Sheriff position, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Be currently employed by a law enforcement agency (to include law enforcement-related military occupations) or have been separated as a peace officer for one year or less and have a minimum of three (3) years experience
  • Have no current internal affairs investigation pending in current agency
  • Have no sustained discipline in the last three (3) years
  • Be able to perform the essential functions of a deputy sheriff
  • Hiring pay for laterals in 2023 will be $71,527 to $82,505 and will be
  • determined by number of years of relevant experience.

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