Police Officer I

Pueblo, CO
Colorado Department of Human Services

This work unit exists to provide security, law enforcement and transportation services at the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo.

This position exists to provide a safe, secure environment for all persons on the grounds of the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo and within the surrounding community, by enforcing State Statutes, traffic laws and regulations within jurisdiction involving the custody of criminally insane patients of the institute and of convicted felons from the Department of Corrections and the Division of Youth Corrections. To be aware of and adhere to prevailing legal standards, CDHS Policy, DPS Policy and CMHIP specific procedure. This position occasionally, and not on a regular basis, serves as the Command Officer to the Officers assigned to Shift I, II or II, in the absence of the Police Officer II and/or Police Officer III.

$4,541.00 – $6,748.00 Monthly

12/11/2019 11:59 PM Mountain


• Provides vehicle or foot patrol to detect criminal activity, responds to communication orders, investigates and gathers evidence at the scene for both criminal law violations as well as patient abuse/neglect investigations, requests assistance or emergency aid as needed, establishes and maintains control of situations, directs and controls crowds and traffic, issues citations or warrants, restrains and takes persons in to custody, prepares reports and records, and follows up on incidents or suspected activities. Prepares evidence and reports for prosecution and testifies in court as witness. May give presentations on safety and crime prevention or detection methods or programs.
• Provide interior security within our facilities by patrolling the patient unit areas on irregular patrols establishing preventative enforcement through Officer Presence. May serve as law enforcement command officer for the shift based on training, experience and staffing needs.
• To provide for and promote a safer, more therapeutic environment by meeting expectations to provide both a deterrent to assaults as well as an additional resource to manage actual assaults and crisis situations. Provide officer presence in common areas providing a safer and more therapeutic environment. Respond to crisis situations and assist staff in gaining control of hostile situations. Report known or suspected incidents of abuse as mandatory reporters pursuant to prevailing statute. Responds to emergency medication incidents to assist with physical restrains as needed.
• Transport criminally and civil committed patients and/or convicted felons to and from courts, hospitals, RISE program, clinics and jails, via state vehicles. This could include multiple patients, counties and facilities in one transport. Responsible for patient property, equipment, records, medications and any other transportation-related items. Ensure that the integrity of the vehicle has not been compromised. Ensure that the transportation route is a safe route and determine an alternate route, which is planned, in the event of an emergency safety situation.
• Attend and actively participate in all assigned training and successfully complete any/all testing or other requirements for such training. Maintain required POST certification and Police One assignments. Successful completion may be known or recorded by score or demonstration of skill. Meet and keep current all mandatory
training pursuant to prevailing CMHIP/DPS Policy.


Possession of current, valid Colorado Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) certification (Must submit a copy of your Colorado P.O.S.T Certificate with your application)


One year of law enforcement experience.


Appropriate education will substitute for the required experience on a year-for-year basis.

Preferred Qualifications:
• Knowledge of CRS. 27-65 statues; CMS Regulations, and The Joint Commission standards as they apply to the Department of Public Safety
• Associates of Applied Science or related field.
• Experience dealing with persons with mental illness
• Ability to demonstrate problem-solving abilities
• Effective communication skills, both written and oral
• Previous experience working in a facility that serves mentally challenged individuals.
• Able to work autonomously
• Able to demonstrate ability to write reports for required elements to support appropriate charges.
• Demonstrate utilization of team building skills.
• Work in collaboration with other disciplines throughout CMHIP, to meet Mission and Vision of both the Institute and Department of Public Safety.
• Support the Chain of Command of the Department of Public Safety as well as other Departments of CMHIP