Professional Standards

Professional StandardsProfessional Standards creates and upholds the policies and standards of performance and conduct that must be followed for the privilege of wearing a badge. The bar has been set so high at the DCSO, it has been awarded Triple Crown Accreditation by the National Sheriffs’ Association.

Our Mission:

We are responsible for conducting internal investigations, hiring personnel, training and policy management to include accreditation for the DCSO. 

Areas within Professional Standards:

  • Accreditation and Awards Unit 
  • Internal investigations 
  • Hiring Unit
  • Training Section – This unit makes sure deputies are trained and up to date with firearms, arrest control tactics, CPR and more. Some of the training is held at the Highlands Ranch Law Enforcement Training Facility. Training serves three purposes. First, well trained officers are generally better prepared to act decisively and correctly in a variety of situations. Second, training results in greater productivity and effectiveness, and third, it fosters cooperation and unity of purpose. We recognize the importance of training and are committed to providing the best available.
  • Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) – The mission of HIDTA is to facilitate cooperation among federal, state and local drug enforcement efforts to enhance combating the drug trafficking problem locally, regionally and nationally. The Sheriff’s Office has a full-time sergeant assigned to the task force.