Deputy Sheriff - Patrol

Job ID
Position Type
Full Time - Regular
Hiring Pay/Range
Closing Date
US-CO-Fort Collins


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The Larimer County Sheriff’s Office is seeking talented men and women to join our team as Certified Deputies.  Sheriff Justin Smith encourages forward thinking, servant leadership, and a sense of family among all Sheriff's Office members.  The Sheriff's Office is an agency of 365 family oriented employees, dealing with a range of responsibilities to include support services, patrol, jail, fire, search and rescue, and investigation duties.  If you are seeking a career, have a desire to serve your community, and want to work alongside others with the same mindset, the Larimer County Sheriff's Office is a great place to call home.  


A Certified Deputy with the Larimer County Sheriff's Office performs a full range of law enforcement duties, including protection of citizens and crime prevention work.    


Specifically the position:

  • Effects arrests, forcibly if necessary, using handcuffs and other restraints, subdues resisting suspects using approved techniques of arrest control, defensive tactics, and weapons and resorts to the use of hands and feet and other approved weapons in defense of self or others.
  • Prepares investigative and other reports, sketches, and drawings, using appropriate grammar, symbols, and mathematical computations.
  • Conducts visual and audio surveillance for extended periods of time.
  • Exercises independent judgment in determining when there is reasonable suspicion to detain, when probable cause exists to search and arrest, and when appropriate force may be used and to what degree.
  • Operates a law enforcement vehicle during both the day and night, in emergency situations involving speeds in excess of posted limits, in congested traffic, and in unsafe road conditions caused by factors such as fog, smoke, rain, ice, and snow.
  • Loads, unloads, aims, and fires handguns, shotguns, and other agency firearms under conditions of stress that justify the use of deadly force and at levels of proficiency prescribed in certification standards.

The Larimer County Sheriff's Office is located in Fort Collins, Colorado, an hour north of Denver.  Nestled against the foothills of the Rocky Mountains and home to Colorado State University, the City of Fort Collins offers a diverse culture of education, healthy citizens, outdoor recreation, bike friendly community, breweries, historic charm, and a thriving economy. Throughout the year, live music and entertainment, as well as great local dining, can be found throughout the historic downtown area. Fort Collins offers the convenience of a small town with all the amenities of a larger city. 


The City’s long list of acknowledgements includes:

  • #10 in "Healthiest Places to Live" - 2017
  • #18 in Forbes Best Places for Business and Careers, 2016
  • #16 in Top 100 Best Places to Live” -, 2017
  • Bicycle friendly -- Earned Platinum Award from League of American Bicyclists, 2017


Click here to view the complete job description for a Deputy - Certified.


Watch this video to learn more about the Sheriff's Office.




  • Must be 21 years of age
  • Must be currently Colorado POST certified or Certifiable by date of hire
  • High school diploma or GED required.
  • Current first aid and community CPR certificates by date of hire
  • Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid Driver's License.
  • No criminal convictions as defined by Colorado POST

Other Information to Note:  

  • Shift work required.  Shifts require working days, nights, weekends and holidays.
  • An offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment drug screen and background check. As marijuana is an illegal substance under federal law, testing positive for marijuana (medical or otherwise) or any other substance for which the county tests, will result in the contingent offer of employment being revoked. A successful completion of the drug screen is defined as obtaining a negative result.
  • All application components must be submitted by 10:00 PM MT on the closing date listed.
  • Successful applicants will be required to meet all of the following qualifications prior to hire:

    • Must be 21 years of age by date of hire
    • Must be legally authorized to work in the United States
    • Pass written examination
    • Pass integrity questionnaire and oral board interview
    • Pass an in-depth background investigation including criminal history and financial status
    • Pass polygraph examination
    • Pass psychological evaluation and medical examination, including drug testing
    • Cannot have a felony conviction
    • No convictions involving domestic violence
    • No use of illegal drugs within the past five years
    • Current First Aid and CPR (All Ages) certificates required by date of hire 
    • Pass the following physical evaluation based on the Essential Job Functions, with or without reasonable accommodation:
      • 1.5 mile run in 15 minutes 54 seconds or less
      • 300 meter sprint in 66 seconds or less
      • 25 or more push-ups in one minute
      • 30 or more sit-ups in one minute


Click here to review the LCSO Physical Fitness Agility Test Preparation Guide

Employee Benefits

Click here to view information on Larimer County's Benefits.


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