To become a deputy with the Denver Sheriff Department, you must first meet the following minimum requirements:
It all starts here: fill out an application.
Once your application is accepted, you are emailed a personal history packet – you must fill this packet out completely before returning. This information assists in a background investigation which determines your compatibility with the Denver Sheriff Department (DSD). Background investigators will review employment history, character references, academic records, residency history, criminal history, and credit history. If applicable, a broad overview of an applicant's criminal history is reported by the National Crime Information Center (NCIC).
This assessment takes 20 minutes to complete.
This assessment helps to determine if your personality traits are a good fit for a position in public safety, although they do not address psychological and/or medical concerns. The suitability interview does not address any information covered under the Americans With Disabilities Act.
This interview is designed to verify your integrity, basic background, and qualifications.
Candidates are required to complete a polygraph exam.
This exam measures your ability to perform job-related physical tasks, such as pat and frisk searches on a simulated inmate and timed emergency calls. These include running and stair climbing with a fire extinguisher, running and descending stairs, as well as moving an "inmate" (150-pound dummy).
Upon review and approval by the Denver Sheriff Department and the Executive Director of Public Safety, the candidate receives a conditional job offer. A conditional letter of employment is a formal job offer dependent on the employee passing certain tests and/or conditions. The job offer is formalized once all the conditions are successfully met. If the applicant does not pass the requirements, the job offer will be rescinded.
Psychological screenings and a physical exam occur at the final stage of the hiring process and assess your psychological and physical ability to perform the essential job functions required for a position in public safety.
Drug tests are routinely administered to check for the presence of illegal substances.
A tour of the Downtown Detention Center (DDC) and/or the Denver County Jail (COJL) will help demonstrate the routine duties of a Denver Deputy Sheriff.
Upon successfully completing all the requirements listed above, an appointment letter will be issued with an academy start date.
Once you begin at the DSD Training Academy, you will go through 15 weeks of training before graduating and becoming a Denver Deputy Sheriff.
Records of prior misconduct – illegal drug use, driving under the influence, theft, arrest, or conviction – are usually not, in and of themselves, automatic disqualifiers.
There are few reasons that a Denver Sheriff Department (DSD) applicant will receive an automatic rejection. Deliberate misstatements or omissions can and often will result in a rejected application, regardless of the nature or reason for the misstatements/omissions. Failure to fill out applications completely and accurately could also result in rejection. But, the number one reason individuals “fail” background investigations? They withhold or misrepresent job-relevant information from their prospective employer.
Automatic disqualifiers to becoming a Denver Deputy Sheriff include:
The physical demands of law enforcement jobs are real. You may be called upon to move an accident victim to safety, subdue a violent criminal, climb flights of stairs to render first aide, or several other scenarios during your career. The overall stress of a career in public safety is a part of the job. After consulting with your doctor, consider a regular fitness and nutrition program as part of your daily lifestyle.
Recruits receive extensive firearms training at the range and must pass all shooting qualifications to graduate the academy. Once you become a sworn deputy, semi-annual qualifications are required for all firearms that are issued and/or carried. All deputies must maintain a shooting score of 80% or above during their employment.
Note: tests may be added or removed as appropriate during the academy.
Physical Fitness Standards:
All fitness tests and evaluations taken throughout the academy will be calculated toward your seniority and/or badge number and awarded upon graduation. To prepare for required fitness testing and attaining set goals, access to the academy facilities will be given and encouraged throughout the academy. The academy weight room and running course are available for use during daily lunch breaks, as well as before and after hours.
Required fitness and defense tactics tests include:
If chosen to attend the academy, you will be held to specific academic standards. A passing grade of no less than 80% is required for all written tests.
Academic evaluations include:
Several final tests given at the conclusion of the academy.