What It Takes to Become a Deputy Sheriff


 We are excited you are interested in a career with the JCSO. We want you to be successful and prepared for the application process. 

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The hiring process starts when you select the JCSO POST certified Deputy career path, and fill out an online application. After you submit your online application, this is a guide to how the process works.

Complete Your Profile 

  • We send you a pre-screen questionnaire.
  • You will be provided a link to the written examination.
  • You will have an in-person interview.
  • We send you a background investigation packet to complete. It’s a detailed history of your life, and we conduct an extensive background check based on your statements. 

Steps to a Conditional Job Offer (CJO) 

  • We interview you based on your background packet.
  • You will take a polygraph examination.
  • You will be fingerprinted.

Final Steps 

  • You will take a psychological screening.
  • You will take a medical screening.
  • You will take a drug screening.

Getting Hired as a Trainee

If you successfully pass all the steps, we provisionally hire you as a JCSO Deputy Sheriff Trainee and send you to our POST certified Training Academy. 

Contact a recruiter to find out when the next academy begins: [email protected]

Out of state applicants: please be aware that if you are given a conditional job offer, you will need to be in the Golden, Colorado area for three days to complete the medical and psychological screenings. Before applying, please make sure you can commit to the time and expense involved.


The starting salary for this position is $64,893 plus benefits. This will be your salary while attending the POST Academy as Deputy Sheriff Trainee.  Upon successful completion of the Academy, your salary will be adjusted to $73,420.