Lateral Candidates

Three photos in a collage - the first is a man in uniform standing to the left of a sheriff van, the second is a woman standing at the driver's side of a sheriff Mustang, the third is a deputy on a white horse

A sheriff deputy looks at the camera and smiles for a graphic describing lateral transfer benefits for those coming from other departments. Experienced law enforcement officers are an asset to the Denver Sheriff Department (DSD). If you are a peace officer, we welcome you to apply to the largest sheriff department agency in the state of Colorado. The DSD is comprised of many divisions and diverse operations with, on average, over 1,000 uniformed and non-uniformed staff members. These operations include two separate jails, security for the District and County Courts, state inmate transportation, extradition duties, civil, fugitive and K-9 units, Vehicle Impound Facility, and security at Denver Health Medical Center.

To be considered for a Lateral Deputy Sheriff position, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Be currently employed as a peace officer (further defined as a certified or non-certified deputy, correctional officer, or detention officer) or active duty law enforcement-related military occupations or have been separated from such occupations for one (1) year or less (with the exception of candidates who have taken steps to maintain active Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) certification);
  • Have no current internal affairs investigation pending in current agency;
  • Have no sustained discipline in the last three (3) years;
  • Be able to perform the essential functions of a deputy sheriff.
The starting salary for deputy sheriff lateral transfers is set at the sole discretion of the sheriff and based on the number of years of relevant experience consistent with the following:
  • 1-5 years = step 3 @ $70,819
  • 5-10 years = step 4 @ $72,797
  • 10+ years = step 5 @ $81,688
  • Sergeant = step 5 @ $81,688
  • Lieutenant = step 5 @ $81,688