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Deputy Sheriff Patrol 2020

at Arapahoe County Sheriff

Posted: 8/8/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 2533879

Job Description

Overall Job Objective


The 2020 hiring range is $55,459.30 - $83,278.00 
**Salary depends on education and/or experience** 
You are required to be Colorado P.O.S.T. certified by December 31, 2019 
This application process is for our January 6, 2020, In-House Academy.

Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office does not send people to a P.O.S.T. Academy (Police Academy) for this position
  The physical agility and written tests will be held on the following dates:
Monday, August 26, 2019
Wednesday, August 28, 2019
Monday, September 16, 2019
Saturday, September 21, 2019

You MUST receive an invitation to attend these tests.  The location and times will be provided in that invitation.

This position is responsible for performing a variety of complex law enforcement duties.  Enforces Federal and State laws and County ordinances for the protection of life, health, safety, welfare and property. This position works under the general supervision of a Sergeant. A senior deputy may function as an acting supervisor when assigned to do so or in the absence of higher authority.


The following duty statements are illustrative of the essential functions of the job and do not include other non-essential or marginal duties that may be required.  The first set of job functions are applicable to all assignments covered under this job class.  Additional essential job functions for each individual assignment are noted under the assignment title.

  • Performs routine patrol duties for the purpose of preventing, detecting, and responding to suspicious or illegal activity.Responds to calls for service on an emergency or non-emergency basis.
  • Conducts initial investigations of crime scenes/incidents to obtain pertinent facts and information.
  • Conducts interviews of witnesses, victims, participants, or suspects at scene of incident or crime.
  • Collects and preserves evidence and property at incident or crime scene.
  • Arrests suspects involved in misdemeanor/felony criminal activity; writes citations to individuals for minor violations of the law.
  • Prepares reports, forms, and documents related to patrol activities.
  • Utilizes in car computer system to: write reports, self-dispatch to calls for service, obtain call history, obtain history and in house records on contacted individuals.
  • Appears in court as witness/complainant to provide testimony.
  • Provides assistance, direction, and support to persons in need during non-law enforcement emergency and non-emergency situations.
  • Is committed to a high standard of safety laws and all of the Sheriff's Office policies and rules and must be willing to report safety violations and potential safety violations to appropriate supervisory or management personnel.
  • Maintains regular and acceptable attendance at a level that is determined at the Sheriff's Office discretion.
  • Is available and willing to work such overtime per day or per week as the Sheriff's Office determines is necessary or desirable to meet its needs.
  • Is available and willing to work such weekends and holidays as the Sheriff's Office determines are necessary or desirable to meet its needs.
  • Follows and supports the mission, values, organizational philosophies, operational principles, code of conduct and policies and procedures of the Sheriff's Office.
  • Interacts effectively with others and exercises good judgment when dealing with people in sensitive situations.
  • Performs duties regularly assigned to the Sergeant level in the absence of the Sergeant as a temporary duty.
  • May have to act as incident commander until a higher ranking person assumes command.
  • May be assigned other duties as necessary.



  • Working knowledge of law enforcement principles, procedures, techniques and equipment. 
  • Working knowledge of the policies, procedures and methods utilized by the Agency.
  • Working knowledge of Federal and State law, County ordinances.
  • Ability to maintain Agency proficiency standards in the use of firearms.
  • Ability to safely operate a County vehicle in normal and adverse conditions.
  • Ability to define community policing as an evolving organizational strategy and personal philosophy based on a set of values emphasizing problem solving partnerships with neighborhoods which create and improve communities.
  • Ability to acquire skill in the use of related office and field equipment.
  • Ability to use computers as required by position.
  • Ability to successfully complete in-service/mandatory training.
  • Ability to act with tact and impartiality.
  • Ability to read and understand applicable Federal, State and local laws. 
  • Ability to remain calm and respond appropriately to emergency and/or threatening situations.
  • Ability to protect oneself and others in threatening situations.
  • Ability to physically subdue and control unruly and resisting individuals.
  • Ability to perform law enforcement duties requiring good psychological and physical condition.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with superiors, fellow workers, court officials, suspects, witnesses, other law enforcement officials, and the general public.
  • Ability to pass established annual physical testing.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in verbal and written English.

CERTIFICATIONS / LICENSES:  Colorado P.O.S.T. Certification
EDUCATION: High School graduate or G.E.D. equivalent.   
EXPERIENCE: No specific requirements.
  • Must possess a valid Colorado Driver's License
  • Must be able to work rotating shifts, weekends, and holidays
  • Must possess current CPR and First Aid certifications within probationary period
  • Must possess Colorado P.O.S.T. Certification
  • Must be 21 years of age

Supplemental Information

The following are some of the physical demands commonly associated with this position. They are included for informational purposes and are not all-inclusive.
Occasionally:   Activity exists less than 1/3 of the time.
Frequently:     Activity exists between 1/3 and 2/3 of the time.
Constantly:     Activity exist more than 2/3 of the time.

Spends 60% of the time sitting and 40% of the time either standing, walking or running while in the field or office.

  • Must possess sufficient strength to carry a human being from a hazardous area (average - 150 lbs.).
  • Frequently pushes, pulls, climbs, balances, stoops, kneels, crouches, reaches, handles, and feels while in the field and office.
  • Must possess sufficient physical capability to overcome and restrain a combative or resistive subject.
  • Oral and auditory capacity enabling interpersonal communication as well as communication through automated devices such as the two way radio, intercom system, and telephone.
  • Auditory capacity enabling the detection of sounds related to criminal or suspicious activity.
  • Visual and fine/gross motor skills enabling the use of a firearm, office, and field equipment.
  • Visual and fine/gross motor skills enabling the safe operation of an emergency vehicle during normal, emergency, pursuit, and hazardous weather situations.
  • Visual capacity including color vision in order to distinguish color/ descriptions of vehicles, suspects, victims, and other relevant objects.
  • Olfactory sensory capabilities to detect criminal/hazardous situations.
Contacts are with individuals within the Sheriff's Office, with other Departments/Organizations and the general public.  Specifically, extensive contact occurs with superiors, fellow workers, suspects, court officials, other Law Enforcement officials, arrestees and public. 
Work is performed in circumstances involving hazards such as crimes, accidents, fires and disturbances which may be threatening to life or cause bodily harm.  Work environment becomes extremely stressful during peak activity periods demanding full attention and coordination of numerous tasks simultaneously required.  Personal contact with any individual of the public, an inmate, or arrestee occurs on a daily basis.  This position requires physical contact of touching, controlling, sitting by, as well as the examining of an individuals extremities, and body cavities.  Hand-to-hand exchanges and face-to-face verbal communications between the member and the public is required on a constant basis.  This position may require immediate response to medical emergencies where blood, body fluids or other medical hazards may be present.   The member may or may not have time to take precautionary and protective measures.  May be assigned to work schedules requiring work on rotating shifts, weekends and holidays. 
This position has been determined to be an EXTREME exposure risk to "biohazards" associated with blood-borne pathogens HIV (aids), HBV (hepatitis B) virus, and air-borne transmissions of TB (tuberculosis).   Members are advised that exposure to a "biohazard" may result in severe illness or death.  Members are required by agency policy to use protective equipment and clothing.  Inoculation may be required to prevent or treat exposures to "biohazards".

Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office employees participate in a mandatory defined benefit program designed to help employees establish a source of income for retirement years. Through the Plan, eligible employees must set aside 8.50 percent, which is subject to change in the coming years, on a pretax basis of which the County matches dollar-for-dollar.

Applicants are advised that areas for disqualification from further consideration include, but are not limited to, the following:
Illegal Drug Use - Applicants who have recent illegal drug usage will be disqualified. Recent drug use includes marijuana within one (1) year and all other illegal drug use within the past five (5) years. All other illegal drug use will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
Any felony conviction 
Driving Record - This includes receiving a DUI within the past five (5) years, having your driver's license suspended for any reason within the past five (5) years, and having five (5) or more tickets within the past five (5) years.
* Outside activities which may be deemed a conflict of interest
* Revelation or discovery of assaultive behavior
* Documented record of prior work performance
* Unsuccessful completion of any basic requirement
* Inability to perform the essential functions of the position
* Police history - type, frequency and nature of contacts(s)
* Providing false or misleading information during the application/selection process

It is the policy of the Sheriff's Office to not discuss the reasons why applicants were not selected for hire. There is no flexibility to this policy. Applicants may be notified of their disqualification at any point in the selection process. If you receive such a notice, it simply means that you do not meet our standards at this time. Receiving this notice does not indicate that you are ineligible to apply with other agencies.

The screening process for any position within the Sheriff's Office may include written test(s), an oral interview, skills test(s), and/or other selection methods designed to measure applicants' ability to perform the essential functions of the job they are seeking. 

Additional required examinations also include:
  • Physical Agility Test
  • Phase I Suitability Exam
  • Polygraph Examination
  • Psychological Evaluation (for certain positions)
  • Medical Examination, including a drug screen
  • Background Investigation - This will include, but is not limited to, contact with the applicant's former employers, associates, neighbors, and other pertinent sources. Applicant's military history, school records, police records, and driving record will also be investigated. All examinations are conducted by qualified/licensed individuals designated by the Sheriff's Office at the Sheriff's Office expense.
Due to the nature of the application and selection process for the Sheriff's Office, applicants can reasonably expect the application process to take a significant amount of time to complete before a decision is made to hire or not to hire. Typically, it takes approximately twelve (12) to sixteen (16) weeks from the date of application to complete the entire selection process. The length of time it takes to complete the process can vary depending on a variety of factors. Please note that this is an estimated duration of the selection process.

Employees are required to work the time periods and/or shifts, rotational and/or stationary, and location assignment, consistent with the needs of the Sheriff's Office.

All applicants hired by the Sheriff serve at the pleasure of the Sheriff of Arapahoe County and may be assigned to any of the agency's bureaus, sections, or units at the discretion of the Sheriff or his duly appointed representative. Employment is at the will and pleasure of the Sheriff, per Colorado State Statute: 30-10-506. Written policies and other manuals do not alter the at will status of employment.

The Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office is committed to the implementation of the community-policing concept. Community policing is an organizational strategy and philosophy which emphasizes problem solving partnerships between the Sheriff's Office, neighborhoods, and businesses working together to create a better quality of life within the community.

Successful applicants are subject to an initial status period of employment. This initial status period is twelve (12) months for all positions. The initial status period is regarded as part of the applicant's examination process and will be utilized for purposes of employee evaluation, training and adjustment to the demands of the profession. New employees, who fail to perform satisfactorily during the period, may be separated from the Sheriff's Office, depending on the circumstance of each case.

Applicants who failed a written test may reapply and retest no sooner than six (6) months from the date they took the written test. All other applicants who are disqualified can reapply with the Sheriff's Office no sooner than one (1) year from the date of notification of non-selection.

This job announcement does not constitute a contract of employment. Should there be any discrepancy or error in this job announcement, the applicable policy or pay rate will apply. The Sheriff's Office retains the right to amend this job announcement at any time without notice.

We are an equal employment opportunity employer, who fully supports and complies with ADA, EOE M/F/D/V.

Should you require an accommodation to apply for this position please contact Human Resources.

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