Sheriff Department

Denver Sheriff Department Honor Guard at the annual Fallen Officers Memorial.

The Denver Sheriff Department is the largest sheriff department in the state of Colorado — we are proud to represent the Mile High City!

Our Mission

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


Sheriff Elias Diggins wearing his uniform facing the camera and smiling  
Get to Know Sheriff Elias Diggins

We are committed to excellent community and customer service and to continuously building a smarter and exceptional agency by concentrating on five pillars as described in our Strategic Plan.

The Denver Sheriff Department, led by Sheriff Elias Diggins, comprises over 1,100 uniformed and non-uniformed staff overseeing many diverse divisions and operations including two jail facilities, security for the district and county court systems, state inmate transportation, extradition duties, fugitive and K-9 units, a vehicle impound facility, and security at Denver Health & Medical Center.

Track our progress – we've summed up 2022 in just a few pages with the Denver Sheriff Department Annual Report. Then, take a look at the 2022-2023 Strategic Plan outline and graphic to get an idea of what we're working toward as we continually strive for excellence.

2022 Annual Report(PDF, 13MB)     2022-2023 Strategic Plan Outline(PDF, 660KB)     2022-2023 Strategic Plan Graphic(PDF, 7MB)

Join our Team!

The Denver Sheriff Department is looking for talented, qualified community members to come work with us!

Interested in a public safety career, but not ready to apply? Find out how to become a cadet.

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Find information regarding C.R.S. § 24-31-902 Records Releases.

The Dual Mindset

A yin-yang symbol with the words humanity and freedom filling it in, the mindset for all that the Denver Sheriff Department does. How we – Denver Sheriff Department (DSD) employees – approach what we do is critical, not just to the overall success of the Denver Sheriff Department, but also our individual achievements. Because the work we do is in service to others, we bear a great responsibility to one another, and those in our care, to lead with our humanity. We are a proud department with a tradition of Dedication, Service, and Duty – as we move forward, we will continue to embrace the Dual Mindset of Humanity and Freedom in our work.

The Dual Mindset is as follows:

“We LEAD with our HUMANITY” – this sentiment should be instilled in everything we do. Every DSD employee should recognize that we are in a profession where we must display our humanity in all our actions, including the way we use force. From the way we treat and speak to one another, the public, and those in our custody, everything must be guided by our humanity. When we lead and end our actions in this way, we can be confident that they are done thoughtfully.

“The deprivation of a person’s FREEDOM is their punishment.” It is not our responsibility to punish anyone while they are in our custody. The people in the community we serve should be confident that those in our custody will not be mistreated. Even when someone violates a rule while in our facilities, our responsibility is to correct their behavior, not to punish. We will ensure the conditions of our facilities go beyond conventional means and represent the best practices in our field. 

COVID-19 Processes & Protocols

Staying Safe During COVID-19

Like many of you, we are working to maintain continuity and a sense of normalcy as we strive to keep everyone safe and informed of the latest public safety processes and protocols. Although implementing these changes can be challenging, we are concerned, along with our families and colleagues, about the health of our employees, the public, and the hundreds of people who reside in our care.

In providing this information, our goal is to keep you updated on how we are doing our part to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Colorado. #DoingMyPartCO

Here is what we are doing to keep everyone safe while continuing to provide safety and security for the Denver Metro area:

Inmate-Related Changes:

  • Remote video visitation encouraged, although on-site video visitation available
  • Enhanced cleaning protocols for all areas of the jails
  • Passenger areas of transport vehicles disinfected after each use
  • Cases reviewed to reduce the jail population
  • Arrestees screened at intake, COVID-19 tests and masks are provided
  • Denver Public Health and Environment (DPHE) provides COVID-19 tests in housing units
  • COVID-19 vaccines offered and provided to inmates throughout their stay
  • Inmates exhibiting COVID-19-related symptoms are isolated and monitored by medical staff
  • Medical staff decide if testing inmates is needed based on presenting symptoms

Employee-Related Changes:

  • Increased cleaning and sanitizing of all facilities and vehicles
  • Protective gear provided to all staff and face coverings required in public lobbies and all areas occupied by persons in custody
  • If sick, employees are urged to stay home and get tested for COVID-19
  • Wash hands often, avoid touching face, minimize contact with others, maintain 6 feet distance when possible, and use disinfectant spray or wipes to sanitize work spaces and department vehicles
  • Large group activities (i.e., department and community meetings, facility tours, etc.) conducted virtually or canceled
  • Some professional staff authorized to work a hybrid schedule (if duties allow)
  • When at the facilities, DPHE will provide COVID-19 tests to employees 

Get in Touch

Denver Sheriff Department
Mailing Address

P.O. Box 1108
Denver, Colorado

Denver County Jail

10500 E. Smith Road
Denver, Colorado

Downtown Detention Center

Van Cise-Simonet Detention Center
490 W. Colfax Avenue
Denver, Colorado

Training Academy

Recruit Training
5440 Roslyn Street
Denver, CO 80216

News and Media

For media-related requests and/or inquiries, contact Daria Serna, Director of Communications.

720-337-0352 (media calls only)

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