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Career Paths - Denver Sheriff Department

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Civilian Positions

Civilian employees may perform a variety of jobs and may be uniformed or non-uniformed personnel but are not sworn peace officers. Security Specialists are uniformed civilian employees who complete a three-week academy and typically work inside DSD jail facilities.

  • Administrative Support
  • Food Stewards
  • Diversion Officers
  • Diversion Officer Supervisor
  • Electrician
  • HVAC Mechanic
  • Locksmith
  • Security Specialists
  • Vehicle Impound Clerk

Medical-Related Positions:

  • Denver Health

Sworn Positions (in ascending rank order)

Apply to be a Deputy Sheriff with the City and County of Denver!

Deputy Sheriff Deputies are line-level officers who perform duties as assigned and usually work under the supervision of a sergeant. However, deputies may be assigned special work and may report directly to a higher authority.

A deputy is required to work at the Denver County Jail or the Downtown Detention Center and must be flexible in their work schedules: available nights, weekends, and holidays. They are responsible for providing security, care, and safety of inmates and the public in detention, medical, court, and transportation settings, which may occur in small and/or confined spaces.

Under normal supervision, within a standardized work situation, deputies perform duties without close supervision or detailed instruction. Assignments, instruction, and performance expectations are explained by oral or written instructions.

Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Transports inmates between facilities
  • Processes inmates for book-in
  • Prepares records for classification and probation
  • Inventories and receipts inmate property, supplies, uniforms, keys, and weapons
  • Computes good time and release dates, informs inmates of means of release and detention policies, and verifies satisfaction of all charges
  • Prepares and processes work release orders, bonds, census reports and, other records and reports
  • Investigates incidents occurring within the institution by following protocol
  • Prepares various legal documents and provides testimony in court
  • Meets certification standards and qualifications in the use of firearms and other tactical weapons
  • May be assigned to dispatch officers and vehicles and monitor their movement and current location
  • May be assigned to search vehicles towed to the car pound and inventory contents
  • May be assigned to perform administrative duties, such as performance of in-service and academy training; service of civil process for County and District court; conduct research to develop new policies and procedures or participate on hiring panels or in internal investigations

Learn more about what it means to train to be a Deputy Sheriff!

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

Deputy Sheriff Captains are watch commanders or commanders of special units or sections. They perform administrative and command supervisory duties for shifts or special units. Captains are in temporary charge of areas in the absence of an administrative supervisor and may be given special assignments in which they work and report directly to a higher authority. Captains generally report to majors, but may report to a higher authority.

Captains perform second-level supervisory protective services work directing subordinate supervisors on an assigned shift and/or in a specialized unit in the Denver Sheriff Department.

The captain is expected to resolve problems that arise in the normal course of work. Exceptional degrees of discretion, judgment, and specialized knowledge are required for carrying out the programs and policies of the organization.

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
  • Directs the development of performance evaluation standards for employee development and training requirements
  • Formally evaluates the work of subordinate supervisors and/or staff
  • Ensures quality, effectiveness, and efficiency of unit activities and safety measures
  • 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
  • Resolves operational problems, formulates tactical approaches to potential crisis situations, recommends modifications or new procedures as needed, and represents the Sheriff Department to other agencies, jurisdictions, and community groups
  • Monitors overall inmate activity, classification, accident/incident reports, property accounting, and time credit reports
  • Meets with inmate representatives to make decisions about prisoner housing and legal disposition
  • Orders inmate population counts, inspections, and searches, and notifies supervisors of critical incidents
  • Prepares reports and correspondence for budget planning and other assigned matters
  • Meets certification standards and qualifications in the use of firearms and other tactical weapons
  • By position, participates in planning and managing budget systems, prepares and presents budget recommendations to higher management, operates within budget parameters, and adjusts work plans/activities as a result of budget changes
  • By position, may be assigned administrative duties in property impoundment and control or in court services or in other functional areas within the department
  • By position, may perform major-level duties in the absence of the major

 

Deputy Sheriff Majors are the uniformed administrative and operational commanders in support of the three of the four divisions of the Department. They report to Division Chiefs.

Majors manage an operational and/or functional area in the Denver Sheriff Department (DSD) by performing some elements of supervision and recommending and implementing plans, procedures, policies, programs, and projects. The major assists a chief and performs management-level protective services work for DSD 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 major is expected to resolve problems that arise in the normal course of work. Exceptional degrees of discretion, judgment, and specialized knowledge are required for carrying out the programs and policies of the organization.

Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Responds to staff inquiries and grievances providing guidance, interpretation, resolution, and/or mediation regarding the application of policies, procedures, and standards
  • Conducts fiscal analysis and prepares and presents budget recommendations for functions and/or operations
  • Makes decisions that directly impact subordinate staff in designated functional and/or operational areas and delegates decision-making responsibilities and authority to staff as appropriate
  • Coaches, mentors, impacts, and leads subordinate supervisors and/or staff in carrying out their responsibilities and to meet departmental goals and objectives
  • Implements plans and represents chiefs using functional/technical knowledge
  • May perform chief-level duties in the absence of the chief
  • Revises legislation and/or integrates the strategic plan into functional and/or operational areas, programs, and practices
  • Recommends projects, programs, and procedures to achieve organizational/operational objectives
  • Prepares staffing plans and submits requests to meet organizational, functional, and/or operational requirements
  • Sets performance standards/objectives for staff within functional or operational areas
  • Meets certification standards and qualifications in the use of firearms and other tactical weapons

Deputy Sheriff Division Chiefs are the administrative heads of a division. Division chiefs report to the sheriff.

Division chiefs direct and manage an operational and/or functional area in the Denver Sheriff Department including developing objectives, implementing strategies, managing plans, programs, and projects, and directing operations and support services at the Denver County Jail, the Pre-Arraignment Detention Facility/Court Services, and/or Administration/Training.

The chiefs is expected to resolve problems that arise in the normal course of work. Exceptional degrees of discretion, judgment, and specialized knowledge are required for carrying out the programs and policies of the organization.

Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Communicates, influences, supports, negotiates and integrates the long-term strategic plan into functional and operational areas providing regular communication and presentations to decision-makers, the public, and staff
  • Researches financial impacts, efficiencies, innovations, and consequences of proposed projects and programs and provides recommendations and justifications to the sheriff and decisionmakers as part of the review/approval process
  • Participates in collaborative processes with stakeholders to develop budget recommendations and secure resource allocations for functional and/or operational areas
  • Works with the sheriff to institute goals and objectives, identify causes, and recommend solutions to short- and long-term service and/or operational issues and prioritizes and assigns staff/resources accordingly
  • Represents the sheriff and may perform the sheriff’s duties in their absence, assists the sheriff in drafting or revising legislation, and implements and maintains policies and procedures set forth by the sheriff
  • Makes decisions that directly impact staff in designated functional and/or operational areas and delegates decision-making responsibility and authority to staff as appropriate
  • Acts as a contributor to, and participates in, the department’s strategic planning process
  • Plans, designs, and develops programs, projects, procedures, and standards, utilizing functional/technical expertise and directs and manages their implementation
  • Designs and supports the creation and execution of departmental strategies for grievances and discipline, employee development, evaluation, training, and other departmental goals and objectives
  • Responds to personnel issues, conferring with the sheriff, human resources staff, and/or legal advisors to determine appropriate decision/action
  • Initiates and implements activities to develop and encourage performance, identifies the strengths of subordinate managers, supervisors and staff, and provides guidance and advice to subordinate managers regarding human resource matters
  • Initiates and implements hiring procedures, oversees and/or conducts interviews, and approves staffs’ candidate selections/recommendations
  • Meets certification standards and qualifications in the use of firearms and other tactical weapons

The Denver Sheriff is the chief administrator and the head of the Denver Sheriff Department (DSD), with all employees being subordinate. Personnel working under the sheriff are divided into two main groups: sworn staff and civilian employees.

The sheriff directs and manages the 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 and works under the direction of the Manager of Safety, The sheriff directs functional and operational areas of DSD including developing annual and multi-year work plans and strategies; ensuring resources are available to achieve work plans; resolving complex business issues; and establishing management practices and processes that ensure the accomplishment of performance standards. Learn more about the current Denver Sheriff.

Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Represents the Denver Sheriff Department’s positions, initiatives, perspectives, and interests with other agencies and departments, community and business groups, and legislative officials at the request of, or on behalf of the Manager of Safety
  • Cultivates, fosters, and maintains positive working relationships with representatives from other agencies and departments, community and business groups, and elected officials to gain their cooperation and support to further organizational or operational interests and objectives
  • Participates in and/or conducts budget and fiscal policy-setting discussions for the department
  • Collaborates and interacts with managers and/or executives and others internal or external to the City and County of Denver to secure funds and resources for the department
  • Participates in discussions as the departmental representative, providing support in the decision-making process and advocates and defends final decisions
  • Discusses and recommends solutions to issues potentially affecting others beyond the scope of the department 
  • Delegates decision-making responsibility and authority over assigned areas to chiefs as appropriate
  • Creates strategies for the department and/or the assigned sub-components of the department to meet overall goals and objectives
  • Maintains external awareness, monitoring conditions, trends, innovations, and practices that may have implications for the department
  • Incorporates systems to help lead change that supports continuous improvement
  • Makes recommendations for, and participates in, developing and modifying the organization’s strategic plan, establishing objectives and strategies for assigned areas
  • Fulfills the Manager of Safety’s requests to chair and/or serve on committees and task forces for, or on behalf of, the department
  • Ensures programs and projects keep to schedules and are accomplished within budget projections
  • Approves staffing plans and programs
  • Sets performance standards/objectives for assigned functional or operational areas
  • Establishes and/or approves individual performance plans for chiefs, providing coaching and feedback, and conducts performance reviews
  • Confers with higher-level managers/executives, human resources, and/or legal advisors to determine appropriate decisions/actions with discipline and/or grievance matters
  • Influential contributor for establishing framework and adopting policies for the department
  • May provide, and contribute to, citywide policies
  • Approves standards, procedures, practices, and guidelines that impact assigned functional and/or operational areas and directs their implementation
  • Implements and maintains policies and procedures set forth by the Manager of Safety and other policy-making bodies

Provisional Assignments

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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:

  • Identify officers and civilians of like faith and connect them to others of their faith, bringing a sense of community and family to them.
  • Unify individuals of faith so that we can help them become more secure in their faith and promote a more well rounded individual who will not only be a better officer but a better spouse, friend, father, and mother as well.

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:

  • Type 1 and 2 DSD Incident
  • Natural Disasters
  • Terrorist Activities
  • Active Shooter Scenarios
  • Mass Arrests
  • Pandemic

DSD credentialing unit is comprised of a Commander, four Sergeants and over 20 sworn members.

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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.

emergency response team during a drillThe 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:

  • Use of firearms used in the unit (less lethal, chemical agents, AR-15, M-16)
  • Restraint equipment and related security devices
  • Use of force
  • Warrant service
  • Court room security
  • High risk escort
  • Disturbance control
  • Civil liability/legal issues
  • Law Enforcement In-Flight Tactical Familiarization

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.

Photo of Sheriff Honor Guard in ceremonial lineThe 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.

Bus Crew

DSD bus crew transports inmates between facilities. DSD has many officers that are CDL qualified bus drivers.

Scout Car

DSD Officers travel throughout the City of Denver to pick-up inmates to be booked from DPD arrests.

State Transport

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.

Extraditions

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.

Sheriff K-9 Unit sniffing the trunk of a vehicle

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.

officers on horses at a paradeThe 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.

 

Mailing Address:

Denver Sheriff Department
P.O. Box 1108
Denver, CO 80201

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