Our agency is Triple Crown accredited–we're committed to employing the best practices for the community that we serve. Learn more about our accredidations, vision, mission, guiding principles, and history. Officers with the Denver Sheriff Department begin as a Deputy Sheriff, the first level in the class series. With time and experience, each position within the class series is attainable. Here is the class series in rank order:
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As a Deputy Sheriff you will be required to work at the Denver County Jail or the Downtown Detention Center, and all employees must be able to successfully work in assignments at either facility. Recruits and employees are required to be flexible in their work schedules; available to work nights, weekends and holidays; able and willing to work in any DSD facility, willing to work amongst inmates and the public; and able to work within small and/or confined spaces.
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This class is the second level in the Deputy Sheriff class series. The series consists of Deputy Sheriff, Deputy Sheriff Sergeant, Deputy Sheriff Captain, Deputy Sheriff Major, and Deputy Sheriff Division Chief.
This class is distinguished from the Deputy Sheriff classification, which performs entry-level to full performance level protective services work for Denver County by providing for the security, care, custody, and safety of Denver County prisoners and the public in detention, medical, court and transportation settings. The Deputy Sheriff Sergeant is distinguished from the Deputy Sheriff Captain class, which provides second level supervisory protective services work directing subordinate supervisors on an assigned shift and/or in a specialized unit in the Denver Sheriff Department.
This class is the fourth level in the Deputy Sheriff class series and is appointed by the Sheriff. The series consists of Deputy Sheriff, Deputy Sheriff Sergeant, Deputy Sheriff Captain, Deputy Sheriff Major, and Deputy Sheriff Division Chief.
This class is distinguished from the Deputy Sheriff Captain class, which provides second level supervisory protective services work directing subordinate supervisors on an assigned shift or in a specialized unit in the Denver Sheriff Department. The Deputy Sheriff Major class is distinguished from the Deputy Sheriff Division Chief class that directs and manages an operational and/or functional area in the Denver Sheriff Department by developing objectives while implementing strategies, managing plans, programs, and projects for the Sheriff Department, and directing operations and support services at Denver County Jail, the Pre-Arraignment Detention Facility/Court Services, and Administration/Training. Additionally, the Deputy Sheriff Major class performs a combination of tactical/operational management and supervisory duties and responsibilities; however, the duties and responsibilities are predominately managerial in nature.
This classification is the fifth level in the Deputy Sheriff class series and is appointed by the Sheriff. The series consists of Deputy Sheriff, Deputy Sheriff Sergeant, Deputy Sheriff Captain, Deputy Sheriff Major, and Deputy Sheriff Division Chief.
This class performs second-level managerial work and is distinguished from a Deputy Sheriff Major, which manages an operational and/or functional area in the Denver Sheriff Department by performing some elements of supervision and recommending and implementing plans, procedures, policies, programs and projects, assists a Deputy Sheriff Division Chief, and performs management level protective services work for the Sheriff Department directing operations and support services at Denver County Jail, the Pre-Arraignment Detention Facility/Court Services, Technology Support/Special Projects, and/or Internal Affairs. The Deputy Sheriff Division Chief is also distinguished from the Director of Corrections - Undersheriff that directs and manages the Denver Sheriff Department by providing leadership and direction including defining the organization's mission, vision, positions, initiatives, and interests over a variety of complex departmental divisions.
The sheriff is appointed by the Mayor of the City and County of Denver. The Sheriff directs functional and operational areas of the Denver Sheriff Department including developing annual and multi-year work plans and strategies; ensures resources are available to achieve work plans; resolves complex business issues; and establishes management practices and process that ensure the accomplishment of performance standards. Learn more about the acting Sheriff for Denver.
In addition to the positions listed above, time and experience provide opportunities to work with specialty units or on provisional assignments (listed below).
The DSD Chaplain Unit provides services that are available for Denver Sheriff Deputies, civilian employees and their families.
The unit has a single vision: To Identify and Unify:
It is our goal to assist all walks of faith in how to work together where possible. The DSD Chaplain Unit also has many non-religious friends, and we acknowledge the right of every man and woman to choose for themselves concerning issues of faith.
Every officer/person is challenged in their daily routine and family environment. We want to be a supportive friend and a resource to all DSD staff and their families.
The Credentialing Unit is in charge of making sure that everyone on a critical scene is allowed to be there. The DSD credentialing unit used FEMA standards and operates within Department of Homeland Security’s Incident Command Structure. DSD is part of the Colorado North Central Credentialing network and Denver Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI).
With the Sheriff’s approval, DSD Credentialing Unit responds to:
DSD credentialing unit is comprised of a Commander, four Sergeants and over 20 sworn members.
Part of the Denver Sheriff Department’s Mission is to provide safety and security to the Courts and to deliver those in custody to scheduled court hearings. A large percentage of those in custody in Denver are non-sentenced, pre-trial offenders. DSD Court service staff escort several hundred inmates to and from court hearings every week.
The Emergency Response Unit (ERU) is an elite team of officers that are highly active in providing security for high profile cases with collaboration from the Denver Police Department, United States Marshals Service, and District courts. The ERU also provides mobile security details for DSD transport buses and DPD MAP teams. In addition, members of the ERU Team are trained in the following areas:
The Fugitive Apprehension Unit (FAU) is responsible for picking up warranted individuals in the City and County of Denver. FAU works with Denver Police and Denver Marshall to locate and apprehend fugitives. The DSD Fugitive Apprehension Unit is responsible for bringing hundreds of wanted person to justice every month.
The Denver Sheriff Department recognizes that gang activity has a tremendous negative impact on our community and the Criminal Justice System. The Denver Sheriff Department Gang/Intelligence Unit is committed to the suppression of gang activity and the collection of intelligence.
The purpose of the Denver Sheriff Department Gang/Intelligence Unit is to promote communication and cooperation between the community, the Denver Sheriff Department, and other law enforcement agencies.
The DSD Honor Guard is a specialized unit of trained officers. The unit's mission is to render honors to Denver Sheriff Department's deceased officers and civilian staff who have served the City and County of Denver and the State of Colorado with dedication and loyalty. The unit also supports department functions and ceremonies, maintaining a highly professional image in the public eye.
DSD bus crew transports inmates between facilities. DSD has many officers that are CDL qualified bus drivers.
DSD Officers travel throughout the City of Denver to pick-up inmates to be booked from DPD arrests.
Every week, DSD state transport crews make runs throughout Colorado to pick-up and deliver inmates that are needed in court in the City and County of Denver.
When people are wanted in the City of Denver and are arrested outside of Colorado, Denver Sheriff Department arranges to extradite them back to the state to stand trail and attend court. DSD has made many extraditions throughout the years and our officers have been around the world, picking up fugitives wanted in Denver.
The Denver Sheriff Department's K9 unit is stationed within close proximity of both downtown courthouses and the Vehicle Impound Facility.
The unit conducts daily sweeps of the premises, including courtrooms holding high profile trials, jury assembly rooms, and the perimeter of both buildings. The K9 unit often works in building searches and in conjunction with our emergency response unit.
Our K9 Unit includes six dogs: four Belgian malinois, one German shepherd, and one black lab.
The Denver Sheriff Department Mounted Posse is organized and formed for the purpose of providing and participating in horse mounted activities that bring positive exposure and an enhanced positive public image to the Denver Sheriff Department.
The Technology Management Unit (TMU) serves as a liaison between The City of Denver Technology Services and Denver Sheriff Department. The members of TMU serve as subject matter experts regarding technology-related programs, application and integrations within the city, as well as inmate phones, cameras and other law enforcement technologies.