Patrol Deputy

Durango, CO
La Plata County Sheriff

Patrols County areas, enforcing the law and protecting life and property; performing investigations at the scene of a crime and performing related follow-up duties; investigates and apprehends persons charged by warrant or subpoena; serves civil process; provides courtroom security; performs routine work in the safekeeping of prisoners in the custody of the Sheriff at the La Plata County Detention Facility and/or during transport; protects the well-being of prisoners overseeing them at meals and in their quarters.

Salary: $24.74 – $26.72 Hourly
$1,979.20 – $2,137.60 Biweekly
$51,459.20 – $55,577.60 Annually


Secures all exterior and security doors in the facility by visually monitoring all movement of all people in the facility and controls movement utilizing the control board; operates various technical equipment to monitor and control the activities of inmates and their visitors which includes controlling cameras, operating doors, elevators, showers and fire escape; controls all lights, alarms, elevators, and other override equipment; contacts outside agencies such as fire, EMS, etc. as needed; serves as central command post for emergency procedures in the event of fire, riot, etc.

Supervises all movement in the detention facility; observes and controls inmate movement; maintains security of all other staff in the facility; supervises meal delivery, pick-up and tray return; delivers prescription and non-prescription medications; serves as first responder when there is a problem in a pod, fight, medical emergency, etc., provides first aid and CPR when necessary; utilizes force and/or self-defense techniques as necessary to maintain order; escorts inmates needing additional supervision or security; monitors radio traffic; supervises trustees in cleaning common areas and accounts for cleaning supplies used; conducts linen change in pod and assists medical officer when necessary; monitors inmates during visitation and recreation periods.

Monitors inmates' behavior and attitudes for signs of personality changes, depression, and developing conflicts between inmates; enforces the rules and guidelines for inmates which includes initiating disciplinary action when necessary; prepares and maintains records of inmates' physical or mental problems; monitors activities of suicidal inmates, violent inmates, and trouble causing felons.

Ensures all inmates are accounted for at all times; conducts inmate head counts; prevents inmate escapes, introduction and /or passing of contraband and prevents the assault or injury of inmates and staff; conducts inmate searches for contraband; utilizes force and/or self-defense techniques to restrain disruptive or combative inmates; ensures that each inmate receives their meals, clothing changes, mail, opportunity for exercise, etc. as set forth in departmental policy.



21 years of age


High School diploma or GED; or,

Any combination of education, training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

Licenses and Certifications:

Valid State Driver's License.

Colorado Police Officer Standards and Training (POST) Certificate.

Current First Aid and CPR Certificate.