• February 3rd, 2023
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Denver Sheriff Department Promotes First Latina to Rank of Major


 The Denver Sheriff Department (DSD) is excited to announce the appointment of the first Latina to achieve the rank of major in the history of the department. Janelle Orozco will be sworn into this position on September 9, 2022.  She has been with the DSD for almost 20 years and has worked her way up through the ranks from deputy, to sergeant, then captain, and now major.

“Incoming-Major Orozco has proven herself as a true leader of this department,” said Sheriff Elias Diggins. “With her extensive knowledge of our agency and desire to serve others, she will be a wonderful addition to the executive leadership team.”


“Incoming-Major Orozco has proven herself as a true leader of this department.”
Sheriff Elias Diggins


Incoming-Major Orozco was recently the captain of the Correctional Care Medical Facility at Denver Health. Through the years she has served in multiple locations including Intake, Recruitment, the Downtown Detention Center, the Denver County Jail, and Facility Operations.


“It has been an honor to serve the residents of the City and County of Denver and to work with such amazing people,” said incoming-Major Janelle Orozco. “I’m looking forward to continuing my contribution to the DSD as a member of the executive leadership team.”


Born and raised in Denver, incoming-Major Orozco has been with the DSD since her early twenties. She currently serves as the secretary of the Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge 27, and has represented the FOP27 at community events and on legislative committees.



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