Douglas County Sheriff's Office
Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Deputies are paid on a Tier structure. The entry level salary is $5,160.00 but can be adjusted based on years of commissioned law enforcement and military police experience. Tier 1- $5,160.00 through Tier 7- $7,401.00
Performs a variety of physical, technical and administrative duties to act as an instrument of the court. Enforces State, Federal, and County ordinances, statutes, and codes necessary for the protection of life, health, safety, welfare, and property of persons.
It is the policy of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office that all members hired as Deputy Sheriffs and Reserve Deputy Sheriffs supply their own duty weapons and personal equipment. Leather gear, handcuffs, ASP baton and OC are provided. These items must be acquired prior to being sworn in. Specific duty weapons and equipment types are mandated. *Ask for details before making any purchases.*
Effective January 1, 2012, all Deputy candidates will be required to complete the LawFit Obstacle Course. This course must be completed in 1 minute, 36 seconds. Please go to http://lawfit.org/docs/phys_ability_course_worksheet.doc for detailed information regarding the obstacle course. For additional information about fitness levels, please refer to http://lawfit.org/lawfit-fitness-profiles/.
Example of Duties and Responsibilities
Patrols County to detect illegal actions or activities. Acts to ensure the security, tranquility and safety of businesses, homes, and the County in general. Serves writs, subpoenas, warrants, and other criminal and civil court process. Responds to dispatched calls or complaints to investigate reported incidents of criminal activity, accidents, and emergency calls. May place suspects in custody as required by law. Prepares a variety of reports, records, affidavits, and logs as required to maintain department activities. Books and processes prisoners; supervises jail and provides security for courts. Testifies in court as a witness or complainant. Investigates incidents observed or reported in order to obtain pertinent facts, statements of involved parties and witnesses, gathers and preserves facts, evidence, and secures and processes crime scenes.
Must be a United States citizen or legal permanent resident who is lawfully present in the United States pursuant to Federal Law and 24-76.5-103, C.R.S. Must possess a certificate of completion from a P.O.S.T. recognized basic academy or fulfill requirements under P.O.S.T. Certification must be current. At least 21 years of age. High school graduate or G.E.D. Possess Colorado Drivers License at time of employment. Ability to perform under stress and perform physical tests consistent with law enforcement requirements to include running, climbing barriers, jumping over or climbing under or through obstacles, and performing strenuous physical activity; organized testing of these abilities with successful completion in a predetermined time period will be required for all new commissioned employees hired after January 1, 2012. Ability to pass various qualifying exams and intensive background investigations. Ability to pass polygraph, psychological, and medical exams. Have no convictions for felonies or crimes of moral turpitude. Must not be a current or recent user of non-prescribed or illegal drugs. Applicants who have recent illegal drug usage will be disqualified. Recent drug use includes marijuana and all other illegal drug use within the past 3 years.
Essential Job Functions
Arrest/Detain/Search: Approaches and detains persons; makes arrests; restrains and/or subdues persons when necessary to effect physical arrests; searches persons for physical, visual and auditory evidence, using hands, eyes, and ears. Utilizes necessary level of physical or deadly force when appropriate under law and procedure.
Department Policies and Procedures: Demonstrates working knowledge of and compliance with all department policies, procedures and directives.
Emotional Abilities: Controls personal emotional responses and acts appropriately under high levels of personal stress. Demonstrates sensitivity to feelings of others; listens with empathy towards others; and displays compassion to those in distress. Controls personal aggressive responses and acts in a manner designed to calm volatile persons.
Incident Evaluation: Responds to calls for service. Obtains appropriate information at the scene. Determines whether it is a civil or criminal matter. Evaluates information and determines priority of actions at scene. Searches persons, places and things. Protects the scene. Identifies, collects, transports and preserves evidence and personal property.
Investigative Procedures: Gathers information utilizing verbal and physical interview techniques. Gives legal admonishments. Takes verbal and written statements. Takes photographs, measurements and prepares crime scene sketches.
Legal Knowledge: Demonstrates working knowledge of laws, codes and legal procedures by: accurately detecting crimes and violations and applying the appropriate statute to each; complying with legal requirements when making arrests, conducting searches and seizing evidence; and writing reports that include all necessary legal elements.
Mental Abilities: Applies reason and logic rapidly in a legally correct manner when under physical, emotional and intellectual stress. Comprehends and processes new information quickly and accurately. Retains relevant information.
Officer Safety: Applies appropriate safety precautions in hazardous and potentially dangerous situations. Maintains a safe position when dealing with persons. Maintains awareness of own locations and that of others to include fellow officers.
Physical Skills: Possesses and maintains ability to safely: utilize verbal and physical control techniques; physically maneuver over, under, and through physical obstacles, as well as drag items weighing 150 pounds; run, jump, crawl and lift 50 pounds; fire a departmentally approved handgun (semi-auto), shotgun and rifle; and drive sedans, vans and 4X4 vehicles.
Public Interaction: Explains procedures, laws, complaints and other information as required by verbal and written methods. Mediates disputes and provides a resource for the public for information concerning areas of human services commonly requested by the public.
Report Writing: Prepares written reports, memos, citations, activity logs, etc. This includes the documentation of own observations and actions; statements of victims, witnesses, and suspects. Writes legibly using acceptable grammar, punctuation and spelling.
Shift Preparation: Possesses and maintains ability to work rotating shifts. Participates in roll call. Maintains awareness of assignment activities. Maintains personal and departmental equipment in satisfactory condition.
Social Skills: Establishes and maintains effective relationships with peers, supervisors and the public. Asserts self when necessary to confront or exert control over others.
Vehicle Operation: Inspects vehicles. Operates vehicles during routine and emergency operations under varying road, weather and lighting conditions. Performs minor maintenance when required.
Verbal Skills: Speaks English clearly and converses effectively with persons of divergent ethnic, cultural and educational backgrounds. Projects voice clearly and forcefully when necessary while under personal stress.
Computer Skills: Must have basic user-level competency with Windows PC operating systems.
Note: The successful applicant must be able to perform ALL the above job functions, unassisted, and at a pace and level of performance consistent with actual job requirement.