During Darren’s tenure with the sheriff’s office, he has intentionally worked in many different assignments and in nearly every facet of the organization.
He became a K-9 Handler earning dual narcotic certifications through the United States Police Canine Association and the Rocky Mountain Narcotic Canine Association. Later, Darren was promoted to corporal and assigned as a supervisor in the Patrol Division. He also served for many years as an entry team member of the Douglas County Regional S.W.A.T. team. Darren was transferred to the Investigations Division, originally assigned as the Domestic Violence Detective, and later moved to the Crimes Against Persons Unit, which resulted in several major case criminal convictions. He also worked on multiple cold murder cases. Darren has received extensive training in homicide investigation, and was a member of the Colorado Homicide Investigators Association. He was promoted to sergeant and supervised in several divisions to include Detention, Patrol and in Internal Affairs where he was recognized by the Americans for Effective Law Enforcement as a Certified Litigation Specialist in Public Employment Litigation.
In 2004, Darren was promoted to lieutenant and became a Patrol watch commander. In 2007, Darren was transferred to the Investigations Division and was assigned as the commander the Special Investigations Section that encompassed the Special Investigations Unit; Pattern Crimes Unit; Financial Crimes Unit and Internet Crimes Against Children Unit. He was also the sheriff’s command liaison for personnel assigned to the Drug Enforcement Administration; South Metro Drug Task Force, Metro Gang Task Force; Front Range Drug Task Force; Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area; Colorado Information Analysis Center and the F.B.I. Joint Terrorism Task Force. Darren was also designated by the District Attorney’s Office as a coordinator for the 18th Judicial District Critical Response Team.
In 2010, Darren graduated from the Leadership Douglas County program. He was also promoted by Sheriff David Weaver to captain of the Professional Standards Division which encompasses Internal Affairs, Hiring, C.A.L.E.A., A.C.A. and Training. Darren’s leadership was instrumental in the DCSO receiving its initial C.A.L.E.A. accreditation as well as the coveted “Triple Crown Award” through the National Sheriffs’ Association. In 2012, Darren graduated from the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command.
In 2013, Darren was designated by the Douglas County Office of Emergency Management as an incident commander of the Incident Management Team. He also graduated from the F.E.M.A. All-Hazards Type 3 Incident Commander School. During that same year, Darren was transferred and currently serves as the captain of the Patrol Division, commanding special teams and various units. Darren currently serves as the commander of Douglas County Regional S.W.A.T. team. He has attended various S.W.A.T. command and leadership courses including the National Tactical Officers Association Command and leadership course in 2013, and in 2014 he attended the Fulcrum Concepts Tactical Commanders Course. Darren also proudly serves on the board of directors for the Crisis Center (formerly Women’s Crisis Center).