Frequently Asked Questions
Answers to the most commonly asked questions during the hiring process.
How old do I have to be to become a Deputy?
You must be at least 21 years old to become POST-Certified.
How old do I have to be to become a dispatcher or detention specialist?
You must be 18 years old.
Do I get a tour of the jail?
We require all detention specialists/detention deputy applicants to complete a jail tour. You must have successfully passed initial testing in order to qualify for a jail tour.
Do I get to go on a ride-along?
We require all patrol deputy applicants to complete a 10-hour ride-along. You must have successfully passed initial testing in order to qualify for a ride-along.
What is an integrity interview?
An integrity interview is a one-on-one interview with our Hiring Unit to verify the accuracy of the information included in your application and your Personal History Questionnaire.
Do I get pay incentive for speaking different languages?
We allow a language pay stipend for employees who are bilingual, Spanish only at this time, and use that language to fulfill their job duties or provide help to citizens/customer-focused and citizen-focused interactions.
The incentive is an additional $175/pay period stipend added to the paycheck.
I have a Class 3 Misdemeanor; will this exclude me from your process?
Please refer to our list of disqualifiers.
How long is the hiring process?
Our average background investigations are completed within 4-8 weeks of your initial testing date.
What does DCSO provide to new deputies?
DCSO provides our new deputies with all uniforms, ballistic vests, outer carriers, leather-gear, taser, asps, OC-spray, trauma kits and rifles (for those who are rifle-certified). You must provide your duty weapon, boots, undergarments, handcuffs and handcuff case.
Where is the Highlands Ranch Law Enforcement Training Facility located?
6001 Ron King Trail, Littleton, CO 80125
Do I get to sit along with the dispatch center?
We require all dispatcher applicants to complete two 4-hour sit-alongs with our Communications Center. You must have successfully passed initial testing in order to qualify for these sit-alongs.
If I am color blind do I qualify to be a dispatcher/deputy?
Yes, you qualify.
Do I get paid extra for my college degree?
Unfortunately, not at this time.
Can I work dayshift?
You will be assigned on the shift where you are needed and where the current vacancies are.
Do I have to live in Douglas County?
You do not have to live in Douglas County to be a Douglas County employee.
Do I get a take-home car?
Deputies working patrol that live in Douglas County can bring their patrol car home during their working days.