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 two narcotic certifications, served on the Douglas County Regional S.W.A.T. team, conducted investigations as a detective (and helped secure several major criminal convictions), worked cold cases, trained extensively in homicide investigations, and supervised several divisions including Patrol, Detention, Investigations’ Special Investigations Section, and Internal Affairs where he was recognized as a certified litigation specialist in public employment litigation.
In 2007, he was the sheriff’s command liaison for personnel assigned to state and national task forces. Darren was also designated by the district attorney’s office as a coordinator for the 18th Judicial District’s Critical Response Team.
In 2010, Darren graduated from the Leadership Douglas County program. He was also promoted by Sheriff David A. 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.
Darren was transferred to lead the Patrol Division in 2013, 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).