About the Denver Sheriff Department
In 1902, the Denver Sheriff Department was created along with the city and
county of Denver. The city and county of Denver are unique in that they have
the same geographic boundaries. Rather than have two law enforcement agencies
essentially policing the same area, the city and county of Denver is set up so that the Denver Police Department provides
primary law enforcement and the Sheriff’s Department is primarily responsible for the courts and jails. Moreover, unlike many American counties, the County of Denver does not have an elected sheriff.
The Denver Sheriff Department is the third largest criminal justice agency
in the State of Colorado. They have 3 division chiefs, 5 majors, 18 captains,
68 sergeants, 603 deputies and 74 civilians.