Hiring Process

We are excited you are interested in a career with the JCSO. We want you to be successful and prepared for the application process. Watch this YouTube explainer video for details on the information you need to have ready before you start your online application.


How It Works

The hiring process starts when you select the JCSO career path and fill out an online application. The timeline from when you apply to a conditional job offer takes 6-8 weeks. 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.
  • You will take a physical agility test.
  • 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.
  • We will do a presentation on your profile to executive staff.
  • This process takes about 14 days.

Final Steps 

  • You will take a psychological screening.
  • You will take a medical screening.
  • You will take a drug screening.
  • With these results, we will do a final presentation to the executive staff.
  • This process takes about 14 days.

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.

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.

Academy for Sworn Officers

Upon successfully completing the selection process those who have applied to sworn positions are invited to attend the academy as recruits. Upon graduation from the academy, the recruits are deemed Jefferson County Sheriff's Office deputies. Information on the Department Certified Detentions Deputy and the POST Certified academies can be found here.

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, 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.