Denver Sheriff Department

Denver Sheriff Department

Sheriff Elias Diggins

It is my honor, privilege and pleasure to welcome you to the Denver Sheriff Department website.  We are the largest Sheriff department in the state of Colorado and are proud to represent the Mile High City. As you navigate our pages, please know that we are committed to becoming a better, smarter agency where world class employees deliver excellent community and customer service to all.

The Denver Sheriff Department is the largest Sheriff Department agency in the state of Colorado and is comprised of many divisions and diverse operations with over 890 uniformed and non-uniformed staff members.  These operations include two separate jails, security for the District and County court systems, state inmate transportation, extradition duties, fugitive and K-9 units, a Community Corrections and Work Release facility, and security at DenverHealth Medical Center.

Our agency is currently accredited by the American Correctional Association (ACA)National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC) and the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies.
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Latest News


Aug 03, 2015

Executive Director of Public Safety Stephanie Y. O’Malley today provided an update on the City’s work to reform the Sheriff Department, outlining the efforts that have transpired in the last 30 days. 

“Reviewing, prioritizing and implementing the 400+ recommendations received during the reform effort is a significant endeavor that will take time to complete in a responsible manner,” said Executive Director O’Malley. “Recommendations suggest the outcomes that need to be achieved. Implementing recommendations requires measured thought and strategies.”

May 21, 2015

Mayor Michael B. Hancock, Executive Director of Public Safety Stephanie O’Malley and Sheriff Elias Diggins today joined members of the independent assessment team to release its comprehensive report for reform of the Denver Sheriff Department, and to launch the search for Denver’s next Sheriff.

May 14, 2015

Inmates in Denver jails who are HIV-positive will be supplied with antiretroviral drugs by the state government, as part of a new program which will ensure people don’t run out of medication when they are released from jail.

Triple Crown Certified

The Triple Crown Award was established by the National Sheriff’s Association to recognize those sheriff’s offices which achieve simultaneous accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, the American Correctional Association, and the National Commission on Correctional Healthcare. Achieving these accreditations individually is a daunting task.  Acquiring 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 sheriffs' offices have qualified.
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