The Denver Sheriff Department, led by Sheriff Patrick Firman, 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, work release facility and security at Denver Health & Medical Center.
The Denver Sheriff Department is committed to being a model law enforcement agency by:
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.
The Triple Crown Award was established by the National Sheriff’s Association to recognize those sheriff offices that achieve simultaneous accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, the American Correctional Association, and the National Commission on Correctional Health Care. Achieving these accreditations individually is a daunting task; aquiring all three at the same time is an extraordinary feat. In fact, the Triple Crown distinction is so rare, that since the establishment of the award in 1993, fewer than 35 sheriff offices have qualified.
The American Correctional Association is the oldest and most prestigious correctional membership organization in the United States. Founded in 1870, ACA currently represents more than 20,000 correctional practitioners in the United States and Canada.
The National Commission on Correctional Heath Care is dedicated to improving health services in jails, prisons, and juvenile confinement facilities. Incorporated in 1983, its roots are in the early 1970’s as a project of the American Medical Association.
The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., (CALEA®) was created in 1979 as a credentialing authority through the joint efforts of law enforcement's major executive associations:
Sheriff Patrick Firman, appointed by Mayor Michael Hancock on Oct. 15, 2015, has nearly 30 years of jail management and uniformed experience. Firman is an expert in corrections, penology and criminology, and has a keen eye for process improvements and organizational accountability.
Before coming to Denver, Sheriff Firman served as Deputy Chief of Corrections and Deputy Chief and Chief of Corrections for sheriff departments in Illinois. He oversaw department staff, jail systems housing hundreds of inmates, and was instrumental in bringing American Correctional Association (ACA) accreditation to both organizations.
Firman was Vice President of the Board of Directors for the Illinois Correctional Association, an executive and certified auditor for the American Correctional Association, and auditor for PREA (Prison Rape Elimination Act) at the U.S. Department of Justice. He is certified in Approved Instructional Expertise in Human Behavior by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board and, as an adjunct professor, taught at the College of Lake County and Trinity International University near Chicago.
Firman is an analytics expert and uses data to support advancements in programming, community involvement, and treatment solutions in order to ensure inmates have the necessary resources to successfully transition back into the community. His department’s reform efforts in opioid and medication-assisted treatments (MAT), as well as the implementation of a community advisory board that provides ideas, concerns and feedback to the Sheriff, have become a model for correctional systems nationwide.
As an active member of the Denver community, Sheriff Firman proudly serves on the City and County of Denver Community Corrections Board and is a board member for the Salvation Army Denver Metro Advisory Board.