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Biography of Patsy Mundell, Chief of the Criminal Investigations Division
The Criminal Investigations Division is a specialized group of deputies who investigate felony crimes committed in unincorporated Jefferson County and files cases with the District Attorney's Office.
The Crimes Against Persons Section investigates homicide, sexual assault against adults, kidnapping, domestic violence, serious assault cases, robberies, missing persons and unattended deaths. This team also has investigators who specialize in cold case homicides.
The Crimes Against Children Unit investigates crimes committed against juveniles, including child abuse, sex assault and child neglect.
This team is assigned to investigate felony property crimes, including burglary, theft, motor vehicle theft, criminal mischief, trespass and other crimes. Investigators have found that many of the property-related crimes that occur in this county are crimes of opportunity. Suspects tend to take the path of least resistance by looking for open or unlocked doors. For crime-prevention tips, visit our Crime Prevention page.
The Metropolitan Auto Theft Task Force (MATT) targets organized auto theft criminals in Jefferson County. MATT's mission is to reduce vehicle theft and insurance fraud through a statewide, cooperative law enforcement effort.
The Special Investigations Section investigates the following crimes: domestic and international terrorism; liquor violations; vice; complex crimes; identity theft; fraud; forgery; computer forensics; and gang activity. Investigators work closely with investigators from the United States Postal Service on cases involving stolen mail. The Special Investigations Section also conducts concealed weapon permit and federal firearms license background checks and investigates permit violations.
The Safe Streets Task Force pools the expertise and resources of our special agents and investigators from the Federal Protective Service, the Aurora, Denver, and Lakewood Police departments and the Colorado State Patrol. The task force targets bank robbers, fugitives, and other violent offenders.
The Joint Terrorism Task Force brings together representatives from 22 local, state and federal agencies to run down any and all terrorism leads, develop and investigate cases; provide support for special events, and proactively identify threats that may impact the area and the nation.
The Metropolitan Gang Task Force brings together federal, state, and local law enforcement to identify, target and address organized gang-related groups involved in drug trafficking and/or violence.
The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office contributes personnel and manpower to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). The premise of the efforts is to investigate individuals and groups involved in illegal-drugs trafficking and associated criminal enterprises.
The West Metro Drug Task Force was formed in 1992 to reduce the amount of illegal drugs from the community by sanctioning those who provide the drugs.
The First Judicial District has used a multi-agency Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) since 1990 to investigate any discharge of a firearm by a law enforcement officer which resulted in injury. Legislation passed in 2015 requires all Colorado law enforcement agencies and district attorneys to develop a Critical Incident protocol for participating in a multi-agency team to conduct the investigation and review.
The Jefferson County Regional Crime Laboratory is responsible for crime scene response and processing, polygraph tests, forensic photography, latent print comparison, questioned documents, controlled-substance analysis and clandestine drug laboratory analysis. The laboratory also provides training to the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office deputy and citizens' academies and the crime scene technician program.
The evidence vault contains physical evidence relating to criminal cases in unincorporated Jefferson County. Evidence vault custodians ensure the integrity of all stored evidence and property, and they produce these items quickly and accurately for legal proceedings. The vault processes and stores more than 13,000 items each year. Items are periodically purged on a case-by-case basis following adjudication and based on instructions from deputies and investigators involved. Property is returned to owners, destroyed, converted to county property or auctioned.
Four full-time and nearly 30 volunteer victim advocates respond to the needs of crime and crisis victims by providing crisis intervention, support, referrals and help with the criminal justice process. Advocates work with victims on scene or immediately following a traumatic event, and they may refer victims to mental health professionals for long-term care or community assistance programs. Work done by the Victim Services Unit is based on the Colorado Victim's Bill of Rights.
Patsy Mundell joined the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office in 1986. After working as a deputy on patrol and as an investigator specializing in crimes against children, she gained experience working in every division of the department. Mundell has held supervisory positions in Detentions, Patrol, Investigations and Support Services. She received specialized training in incident command and criminal investigations from the U.S. Department of Justice and the Northwestern University Center for Public Safety, respectively.
In 2002, Mundell was appointed Chief of the Support Services Division, making her the highest-ranking woman in the Sheriff's Office history. From 2008 to 2014, Mundell managed the Detention Services Division's operations and services. Today, she oversees the Criminal Investigations Division.
Mundell, who graduated from the Police Executive Research Forum at the Senior Management Institute of Policing at Boston University in 2005, has a bachelor's degree in criminal justice and public safety from Metropolitan State College. In 2013, she graduated from the 254th session of the FBI National Academy. She is also active in the community, volunteering as a youth basketball and softball coach.
See the Criminal Investigations Division Organizational Chart
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