Hiring Process

The application process for employment with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office is designed to identify the most qualified candidates.


To view current openings visit our Join The JCSO webpage.

To apply, check the status, or update an existing application, visit the county's Jobs website.

Sign up for Job Interest Alerts to receive a notification when positions that match your interests are posted.

Written Test

Upon invitation to the written test applicants will need to print and complete a personal history questionnaire (PDF) and bring it to the testing. Additional testing may be required.

Integrity Interview

A panel of experienced personnel offer applicants an opportunity to highlight personal factors which previous testing might not have revealed. The applicant will answer a variety of questions and discuss personal integrity, ethics and values. Applicants may then proceed to the background investigation.

Background Investigation

The background investigation may consist of, but is not limited to, a review of the following:

  • Employment history: a complete employment and educational history is required
  • Personal references: a minimum of three personal references excluding family members or previous/present employers are required
  • Educational or military information: a verification of school transcripts or documentation of the type of military discharge, where applicable
  • Criminal and driving record
  • Character and demeanor
  • Credit and financial history

Polygraph Examination

A polygraph interview and examination is used as a tool to assist background investigators in determining accuracy of the completed application. You may be asked questions about your background as it relates to: theft from employers; commission of undetected crimes; falsification of application or other documents; job terminations or disciplinary actions; violent behavior; drug/alcohol use; bribery; financial history; other issues related to ethics.

Medical & Psychological Examinations

Employment may be contingent upon physical and psychological examinations to determine the applicant's fitness to perform required duties.

Final Review

Upon completion of the application process, successful candidates undergo a final review by the Sheriff, Undersheriff, Division Chiefs and Captains.


Upon successfully completing the selection process those who have applied to sworn positions are invited to attend the academy as recruits. Upon graduation of the academy the recruits are deemed Jefferson County Sheriff's Office deputies.

More Information

If you are considering a career at the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office and would like to schedule a tour or ride-along to get a better understanding of the job, receive a paper application, or have any other questions about the process please contact our recruiting section at 303-271-5332.

Equal Opportunity & Approving Agency

To ensure that we maintain a diverse workforce that mirrors our communities, the Sheriff’s Office welcomes qualified applicants from different races, cultures, genders and life stages, and persons with disabilities.The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office is an Equal Opportunity employer. The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office is a Colorado Approving Agency for Veterans' Affairs approved training site.