Deputy sheriff sergeants are first-line supervisors. They may be in charge of a watch in the absence of the watch commander. Sergeants may be in charge of smaller areas or special work units or details and usually work under the supervision of a Captain. However, they may be assigned to supervise or perform special work and may report to a higher authority.
The Deputy Sheriff Sergeant provides first-level supervisory protective services over City and County of Denver Deputy Sheriffs who work in a specialized unit or who provide for the security, care, custody, and safety of inmates and the public in detention, medical, court, and transportation settings.
Under administrative supervision, the sergeant has personal accountability for carrying out an assigned function, program, or project within the scope of established guidelines and objectives and is expected to resolve problems that arise in the normal course of work. Completed work is generally reviewed for soundness of judgment, conclusion, adequacy, and conformance to policy.
Duties include, but are not limited to:
- Reviews, develops, and modifies work plans, methods, and procedures
- Instructs and assists employees with specific assignments and encourages innovation
- Conducts hiring interviews and selects candidates for job openings
- Resolves and mediates conflicts and determines solutions
- Encourages regular communication and teamwork
- Develops and oversees performance enhancement plans and provides rewards and recognition when applicable
- Documents causes for disciplinary action, initiates letters of reprimand, and makes formal recommendations for disciplinary action
- Responds to formal and informal employee grievances and prepares written responses
- Supervises emergency response to serious incidents and directs and coordinates activities of the work unit using departmental policies and procedures
- Prepares, completes, and reviews reports and correspondence, including court documents, for quality and adherence to guidelines
- Develops and implements staff training and cross-training of employees to provide opportunities for staff flexibility and development
- Reviews and evaluates inmate classification by criminal charge and other factors to determine correct placement in the facility
- Implements and interprets policies and procedures developed by higher-level managers or supervisors
- Performs inspection of facilities (inmate housing, officer work location, and food service) and infirmary (for sanitation, fire, and safety hazards)
- Meets certification standards and qualifications in the use of firearms and other tactical weapons
- May transport inmates between facilities and/or monitor transportation and security of inmates