• Contact Information

    Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, Recruiting

    Monday - Friday
    8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

    Contact Us

    800 Jefferson County Pkwy.
    Attn: Recruiting
    Golden, CO 80401

  • Sheriff’s Office Application Process


    Selection Process

    If you meet the basic employment requirements and a position vacancy exists, you may begin the application process. The selection process for employment within the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office consists of a number of specific phases designed to identify the most qualified candidates for any position.  Failure to meet any of these requirements may result in disqualification from the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office application process.

    The general hiring process consists of the following phases:


    Initial employee applications are screened for suitability based on a variety of factors. The online application is submitted electronically by clicking on the position's link at If the position is not listed at the time of inquiry the position is not open, however you may sign up for Job Interest Alerts External Link Icon to be notified when the position has been posted. Approval of the application moves prospective employees to the written test. Upon invitation to the written test you must print and complete a personal history questionnaire Download Adobe Reader from Downloads Page and bring it with you to the test site.

    Written Test

    The written test consists of a variety of essay, multiple-choice or true-false questions. After the tests are scored, applicants are ranked in order based on test performance. Additional skills testing may be required depending on the position applied for.

    Integrity Interview

    The interview consists of a panel of experienced personnel who give the applicant an opportunity to express themselves verbally, providing the applicant an opportunity to further articulate and highlight personal factors which previous testing does not reveal. The interview also provides a forum in which the applicant will answer a variety of questions and discuss the applicant's personal integrity, ethics and values. Those applicants who are qualified for the available positions then proceed to the background check.

    Background Investigation

    The comprehensive background check is intended to reveal the applicant's history, behavior and personality. It may consist of, but is not limited to, a review of the following:

    • Employment history: a complete employment/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: any criminal record, traffic citations, stops or at-fault accidents the applicant may have been involved in, where applicable.
    • Character and demeanor: the intangibles of character, ethics and responsibility are the cornerstone of all Jefferson County Sheriff's Office employees. This investigation makes use of a wide variety of sources, and must show you have a history and pattern of respect and honesty in your dealing with individuals and organizations.
    • Credit and financial history: this investigation may be used to determine whether an applicant is suitable for the position.


    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 and Psychological Examinations

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

    Staff Review

    Upon completion of the comprehensive background check, successful candidate applications are submitted to staff review, where the Sheriff, Undersheriff, Division Chiefs and Captains screen all applicants.


    The sworn personnel are required to pass the Colorado Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) certification tests at the end of a 20-week academy program.

    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.