Denver is home to the largest sheriff department in the state of Colorado. The DSD is comprised of two divisions with diverse operations staffed by nearly 1,000 uniformed and non-uniformed members. These operations include two separate jails, security for the District and County Courts, state inmate transportation, extradition duties, fugitive and K-9 units, a Vehicle Impound Facility, and security at Denver Health Medical Center.   

To watch a video demonstrating the Physical Agility Test, head over to the Deputy Hiring Process page.



Sworn Positions

Become a Deputy

An ad for hiring sworn employees with a female uniformed officer smiling straight at the camera on the left side of the graphic with hiring details written out on the right side of the graphic. The Denver Sheriff Department (DSD) sworn staff are based on rank, in this order: deputy, sergeant, captain, major, division chief, sheriff. Unless you are making a lateral move from another department, or the mayor appoints you as sheriff, you will begin your career as a deputy. Once you have some experience as a deputy, you can specialize in several areas of interest, such as court services, gang intelligence, fugitive apprehension, partnering with a K-9, and more.

Before beginning the 15-week academy training, you must pre-qualify by meeting certain requirements. For more information, review the "Deputy Hiring Process" or contact the recruiting office at 720-812-2330 or

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Security Specialists

Become a Security Specialist

One of the most important positions at the DSD is another type of uniformed position called the Security Specialist. The training is totally different from a sworn position, such as a deputy, and is categorized as a civilian.

The security specialist helps run the control rooms in DSD facilities, ensuring operations on each floor continue to run smoothly and safely.

To become a security specialist with the Denver Sheriff Department, you must first meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Age: 18 years old.
  • Education: graduation from high school or the possession of a GED, HiSET, or TASC Certificate. 
  • Experience: none.
  • Equivalency: none.
  • Fitness: meet the certified physical fitness standards adopted by the department.
  • Licensure/Certification: a valid driver license at the time of application.
    • Licenses and certifications must be kept current as a condition of employment.

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Professional Staff

There are plenty of positions available to you that do not require academy training or wearing a badge. The Denver Sheriff Department (DSD) has professional staff in director, managerial, specialist, and on-call positions across the City and County of Denver. These are just some of the opportunities offered by the DSD, along with:

  • Electrician 
  • HVAC Mechanic 
  • Locksmith 
  • Security Specialist (uniformed employees)
  • Vehicle Impound Clerk

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