Hiring Unit

This unit, under the Professional Standards Division,  identifies recruits and selects quality candidates who meet or exceed our minimum hiring standards. The unit is constantly evaluating, refining, and implementing stringent selection procedures and conducting comprehensive background investigations to ensure the selection of the most qualified law enforcement employees; those who can uphold public trust.   The unit also screens our talented and dedicated staff of volunteers.

Apply for a job at the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.

Some things automatically will disqualify you from applying to be a law enforcement officer at the DCSO and the state of Colorado.  This is a partial list; there could be other disqualifying factors.

**Any applicant who has used illegal drugs in the past 3 years, including marijuana will not be considered for employment.  

DCSO disqualifiers:

  • Intentional omissions or falsifications regarding any question in the employment application.
  • A court martial resulting in dismissal of military service in the past five years.
  • Conviction of a felony offense.
  • Illegal distribution or manufacturing of a controlled substance for profit.
  • Illegal possession or use of marijuana within the last three years (possession or use while under 18 years old accepted, except within the last year.)
  • Use of any illegal drugs in the last three years.
  • Refusal to consent or submit to a test for controlled substances and/or alcohol for the hiring use process.
  • Eluding a law enforcement officer at age 18 or older.
  • Drivers’ license suspension/revocation/denial within the past five years.
  • Two or more traffic convictions (six points or more each) in the past five years.
  • Three or more at-fault motor accidents in the last three years.
  • Conviction of DUI/DWAI/DUID in the past seven years.
  • Falsification of any official document.
  • Testifying falsely under oath in court.
  • Knowingly offered, solicited or accepted a bribe.
  • More than one sustained complaint and/or any suspension for excessive use of force.
  • Any unlawful sexual contact involving a child or animals.
  • Child abuse.
  • Any conviction for domestic violence.

POST disqualifiers

  • Denial, revocation or suspension of a POST certification or a Colorado POST statutory conviction regardless of the violation date.