The Denver native has worked at DSD for nearly 20 years.

DENVER — Janelle Orozco is set to become the first Latina to achieve the rank of Major in Denver Sheriff Department (DSD) history.

A DSD veteran of nearly 20 years, Orozco will be sworn in to the post on Friday, September 9.

Born and raised in Denver, Orozco has been with the DSD since his early 20s and is currently Secretary of the Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge 27, and has represented FOP27 at community events and on legislative committees, DSD said.

Orozco rose through the ranks from assistant to sergeant, then captain and now major, DSD said in a press release.

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

Orozco was most recently the captain of the Denver Health Correctional Medical Facility. DSD said Orozco served in multiple locations, including Intake, Recruitment, Downtown Detention Center, Denver County Jail, and Facility Operations.

“It’s been an honor to serve the people of Denver City and County and to work with such amazing people,” Orozco said. “I look forward to continuing my contribution to DSD as a member of the leadership team.”

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