Detention Deputy

Routt County Sheriff's Dept   Steamboat Springs, CO   Full-time     Law Enforcement / Security
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Posted on July 27, 2020

Sheriff's Office - Detention Deputy

The Routt County Sheriff’s Office is accepting applications for a full-time Detention Deputy to maintain the security of the Routt County Detention Facility while preserving order to ensure the safety and welfare of staff, visitors and inmates. Detention Deputies provide supervision and transportation for court and other appointments outside of the Detention Facility. Additionally, they have an opportunity to participate in POST academy and become Colorado POST certified.

The Sheriff's Office is responsible for law enforcement, investigations, and detentions within Routt County, Colorado. We work hand-in-hand with community members to provide protection and service to our community as a whole. We strive to provide the highest qualified law enforcement officers and maintain their skills through ongoing training in the latest law enforcement practices. Routt County is a large area, covering 2,231 square miles.

Minimum requirements include a High school diploma or a combination of education, training, and experience which provides the knowledge, skills and abilities required for the job. 

Employment is contingent upon passing: 

  • Physical fitness test
  • Doctor’s physical
  • Psychological evaluation
  • Background investigation
  • Written test
  • Public speaking
  • Report writing
  • Oral Board review
  • Detention training


  • Apply knowledge and reasoning to make prompt and effective decisions.
  • Effectively restrain inmates, forcibly if necessary, using handcuffs and other restraints.
  • Physically break up fights and affrays.
  • Pursue fleeing inmates and perform rescue operations and other duties.
  • Communicate effectively and demonstrate competent communication in court and formal settings.
  • Conduct visual and audio surveillance of inmates for extended periods of time.
  • Engage in activities in confined areas and works rotating shifts (graveyard shifts and dayshifts).
  • Read and comprehend legal and non-legal documents. Prepare a variety of reports.
  • Perform crisis intervention functions and implement appropriate intervention action.
  • Perform searches of people, mail items, buildings and grounds.
  • Process or release inmates. Enter arrests, court and release information into computer programs.
  • Read computer and camera screens, court and other legal and non-legal documents.
  • Endure verbal and mental abuse and hostile views and opinions of inmates.
  • Inspect unclothed inmates with exposure to body fluids.
  • Extinguish small fires by using a fire extinguisher or other appropriate means.
  • Detect and collect evidence and substances.
  • Gather information in inmate disciplinary investigations.
  • Understand inmate rights and due process.
  • Supervise inmate workers.
  • Transport high risk prisoners and other personnel.
  • Be cross-trained to work court security at the Justice Center.
  • Provide a safe and secure location for the Routt County combined inter-agency Detox program.
  • Be able to successfully register a Routt County Sex Offender in the records management systems.
  • Make proper medication identification, take inventory, and administer medications.
  • Follow strict guidelines on how to process a Juvenile Offender.
  • Be able to control and monitor inmates and citizens during inmate visitation.

Valid Colorado Driver's License to operate a County Vehicle.

Deadline: August 17th, 2020
Routt County is an EOE

Routt County Sheriff's Dept

Steamboat Springs , CO