Sheriff’s Department Fined for Not Hiring Non-Citizens


The Denver Sheriff’s department is in trouble with the U.S. Department of Justice for making U.S. citizenship a job requirement to become a law enforcement officer.

According to the Denver Post,  the Denver Sheriff’s held a major recruitment during 2015 and into 2016. The department hired 200 deputies in an effort to cut back on incumbent officer fatigue due to overtime.

The Department of Justice stated that Denver Sheriff’s department unlawfully excluded non citizens from consideration and should have considered those people if they had work-authorized status.

The U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Act, INS, said any non citizen categorized as a work authorized immigrant, should  have been allowed to apply.

The sheriff’s department was fined $ 10,000 and now has to re examine all the old applications and reconsider all  those identified as non-citizens for future positions.

The Denver Sheriff’s spokesman, Simon Crittle stated, “The Denver Sheriff Department maintains its commitment to treat all people with dignity and respect, and is proud to have one of the most diverse workplaces in Colorado. While we didn’t commit this violation intentionally, we accept responsibility and are taking steps to clarify policy and amend language in hiring documents.”

The Denver Sheriff’s were also ordered by the Justice Department, to train its recruitment staff on anti-discrimination laws and procedures.

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