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$8.00 $82.05 $1,386.64 $14,221.73 $16,640.00 $170,662.00


Applications are being accepted for persons interested in being volunteer posse deputies in the Larimer County Sheriff's Office Patrol Section.

Successful applicants will be required to meet all of the following qualifications prior to hire:

  • Must be at least 21 years of age
  • Must be legally authorized to work in the United States
  • Pass integrity and oral board interviews
  • Pass in-depth background investigation, including criminal history and financial status
  • Pass Polygraph examination
  • Pass horse skills test
  • Pass psychological assessment and medical exam, including drug testing
  • Current first aid and community CPR certificates required by date of hire
  • Cannot have a felony conviction
  • No misdemeanor convictions that would prohibit P.O.S.T. certification
  • No use of illegal drugs within the past five years
  • Must have full access to a horse and horse trailer at all times

Posse Deputies provide law-enforcement support under the direct supervision of a Sheriff's Office employee. On-the-job field training is provided.


Upon completion of all training, a Posse Deputy must be able to perform ALL of the essential job functions listed below, unassisted, and at a pace or level of performance consistent with the actual job performance requirements. This necessitates a high level of physical ability to include vision, hearing, speaking, flexibility, strength, and horsemanship.

  • Effect arrests, forcibly if necessary, using handcuffs and other restraints; subdue resisting suspects using maneuvers and weapons; and resort to the use of hands and feet and other approved weapons in self defense.
  • Assist in the preparation of investigative and other reports, sketches, and drawings, using appropriate grammar, symbols, and mathematical computations.
  • Exercise independent judgment in determining when there is reasonable suspicion to detain, when probable cause exists to search and arrest, and when force may be used and to what degree.
  • Operate 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.
  • Spend long periods in and frequently enters and exits a law enforcement vehicle, which requires sitting, bending, and stretching. Spend long period on horseback which requires physical stamina of both horse and rider.
  • Communicate effectively and coherently over law enforcement radio channels while initiating and responding to radio communications.
  • Gather information in criminal investigations by interviewing and obtaining the statements of victims, witnesses, suspects, and confidential informers.
  • Pursue fleeing suspects on horseback, on foot and in vehicles and perform rescue operations which may involve quickly entering and exiting law enforcement patrol vehicles; lifting, carrying, and dragging heavy objects; climbing over and pulling up oneself over obstacles; jumping down from elevated surfaces; climbing through openings; jumping over obstacles, ditches, and streams; crawling in confined areas; balancing on uneven or narrow surfaces; and using body force to gain entrance through barriers.
  • From a variety of body positions, load, unload, aim, and fire handguns, shotguns, rifles, and other agency firearms under conditions of stress that justify the use of deadly force and at levels of proficiency prescribed in certification standards.
  • Perform searches of people, vehicles, buildings, and large outdoor areas which may involve feeling and detecting objects, walking for long periods of time, detaining people, and stopping suspicious vehicles and persons.
  • Conduct visual and audio surveillance for extended periods of time.
  • Engage in law enforcement patrol functions that include such things as working rotating shifts, walking on foot patrol or riding on horse patrol, and physically checking the doors and windows of buildings to ensure they are secure.
  • Effectively communicate with people by giving information and directions, mediating disputes, and advising of rights and processes.
  • Demonstrate communication skills in court and other formal settings.
  • Detect and collect evidence and substances that provide the basis of criminal offenses and infractions and that indicate the presence of dangerous conditions.
  • Endure verbal and mental abuse when confronted with the hostile views and opinions of suspects and other people encountered in antagonistic environments.
  • Perform rescue functions at accidents, emergencies, and disasters to include directing traffic for long periods of time; administering emergency medical aid; lifting, dragging, and carrying people away from dangerous situations; and securing and evacuating people from particular areas.
  • Process and transport prisoners using handcuffs and other appropriate restraints.
  • Put on and operates a gas mask in situations where chemical munitions are being deployed.
  • Extinguish small fires by using a fire extinguisher and other appropriate means.
  • Read and comprehend legal and non-legal documents, including the preparation and processing of such documents as citations, affidavits, and warrants.
  • Contact and cooperate with other law enforcement agencies in matters relating to the investigation of crimes and the apprehension of offenders.
  • Assist in county search and rescue operations on horseback, on foot and in vehicles.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:

  • Basic principles and procedures in law enforcement.
  • A variety of major and minor provisions in criminal and civil law procedures.
  • Statutory law and constitutional law.
  • A variety of techniques used in law enforcement in patrol, investigation, and crime prevention.
  • Operation and care of firearms.
  • First aid and cardio-pulmonary resuscitation techniques.
  • Horsemanship.
  • Observe accurately and remember names, faces, numbers, incidents, and places.
  • Use and care for firearms.
  • Think and act quickly in emergencies.
  • Judge situations and people accurately.
  • Learn, understand, and interpret laws and regulations, especially Colorado Revised Statutes.
  • Fill out a summons or FI card.
  • Learn standard broadcasting procedures of a radio system.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative work relationships.
  • Understand and carry out oral and written directives.
  • Carry out a variety of assignments independently using sound judgment.
  • Perform numerous duties in accordance with the policies and regulations of the Larimer County Sheriff's Office.
  • Ride, care for and trailer a horse.


  • Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth grade. Specialized training in administration of justice, police science, public or business administration, or a related field preferred.
  • Colorado POST certified preferred.
  • Possession of an appropriate, valid Colorado driver's license, or the ability to obtain one.
  • Possession of current first aid and community CPR certificates.

Physical Requirements:

  • Must have acceptable eyesight to perform patrol deputy duties.
  • Must be able to run from dark into light or light into dark.
  • Must have appropriate voice skills to be clearly understood on the telephone, radio, and in public contacts.
  • Must have acceptable hearing to hear well on the telephone, radio, and in public contacts.
  • Must be able to sit, stand, walk or ride for long periods of time. Must be able to walk up and down stairs.
  • Must be able to run for short or long distances, change directions quickly while running, and run up and down stairs.
  • Must be able to get into and out of vehicle repeatedly.
  • Must be able to stoop, bend, stretch, twist, reach, kneel, crawl, squat, climb, and balance.
  • Must be able to lift, carry, drag, or push 100 pounds, both alone and with help.
  • Must be able to jump or leap over small obstacles.
  • Must be able to push or pull to manually open or shut heavy doors and/or force doors open.
  • Must be able to climb ladders or stairs or climb up to and down from higher levels using unconventional methods.
  • Must be able to climb through small openings or crawl or maneuver in small confined areas.
  • Must be able to work in hazardous or dangerous work areas or situations.
  • Must be able to engage in physically strenuous activities to perform patrol officer duties, including using physical techniques to control persons; push or shove person to defend self; wrestle people to the ground or on the ground; break up fights between people; operate extinguishers or other fire equipment; etc.
  • Must have fine and gross motor skills; hand dexterity; use of fingers, hands, and arms; and good grip strength to perform patrol officer duties, effectively use firearms, operate equipment, etc.
  • May be subjected to caustic, flammable, or other hazardous materials.
  • Must be capable of working under stressful situations.
  • Must have quick reactions.
  • Must be capable of going from stationary to exertion in an instant.
  • Must have good cognitive skills and awareness of work accuracy.
  • Must have ability to concentrate on more than one task at a time and to make independent decisions.
  • Must be able to ride a horse at a walk, jog and lope in both directions through an obstacle course in order to pass the horse skills test. Must be able to ride for extended periods of time without tiring.

Note: For additional information on the Posse Deputy Program you may contact Sgt. Cindy Gordon at (970)498-5521. For general information you may contact Jan Padgett in the Larimer County Sheriff's Office Personnel Section at (970)498-5127.

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