Once you are a deputy, the education continues. Trainings and POST certifications are a regular part of this career path, meant to keep staff current on all aspects of the job, and are detailed below.
The Denver Sheriff Department (DSD) conducts periodic retraining of skills, knowledge, and abilities learned in the basic law enforcement training academy. In-service training includes recertification on issued equipment, tactics, ethics, and policy training.
Specific training is utilized to enhance staff performance.
This training enhances skills, knowledge, and abilities beyond the level taught by either initial training or other in-service programs. Specialized training may include executive development, technical training, fingerprinting and classification of inmates, accreditation management, Emergency Response Unit (ERU), emergency preparedness, and Gang Intelligence Unit training, for example.
Training is often held outside of the academy and is designed to impart higher-level supervisory and management skills to participants.
Personalized training to correct specific deficiencies that could be identified through evaluations or during routine job performance.
All newly-hired deputy sheriff recruits will be required to successfully demonstrate academy skills and complete a (pre-service) POST-based basic law enforcement training academy prior to assignment. DSD does not enforce traffic laws; therefore, POST-related material is omitted from DSD Basic Law Enforcement Training Academy. Newly hired sworn personnel who are Colorado POST-certified will maintain their certification through DSD employment as a Denver Deputy Sheriff.