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Sheriff's deputies patrol unincorporated Jefferson County around the clock, responding to emergencies and requests for assistance and enforcing criminal and traffic laws. Deputies work out of three community-based stations in the south, north and mountain areas of the county.
The county jail and the sheriff's office headquarters are located at the county government complex in Golden. A precinct in Evergreen existed before 2005, serving residents in the county's rural mountain areas. In May 2005, the department opened its first fully operational substation in the southern part of Jefferson County. Both the south and mountain substations now offer the convenience of walk-in services available at headquarters in Golden. See our contact us page for a full listing.
The Animal Control Section became part of the sheriff's office in 1998 through county reorganization efforts. Animal control officers are experienced, certified, highly trained professionals commissioned as agents for the Colorado Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Animal Protection.
Beginning April 2010, the Sheriff’s Office deployed automatic license plate readers on three patrol vehicles in its fleet, following a three-month test phase. Each plate reader is linked electronically to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation database. A plate reader scans the area around the patrol car and captures images of license plates only. A plate reader will notify the deputy inside the car if it “hits” on a license plate associated with criminal activity including outstanding arrest warrants, stolen vehicles, stolen plates, sex offenders or missing persons. No information beyond the plate number is collected. The plate reader does not “hit” on expired license plates or plates associated with concealed weapon permits. License plate readers are used by law enforcement agencies nationwide, including several Denver metro agencies. This tool aids law enforcement officers in identifying wanted criminals and investigating crimes that have occurred. For example, the capture of license plate images from vehicles fleeing a crime scene may help deputies and investigators develop suspect information. The images captured by the plate reader are stored automatically along with the date and location of the image, and retained for one year in a secure server by the Sheriff’s Office, after which time they are purged and the information destroyed. Use of the plate reader does not, intentionally or unintentionally, compromise citizens' legitimate privacy concerns.
The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office crime analyst detects and studies crime patterns and series by analyzing how crimes are committed. Information is then shared with investigations and patrol so they may react to emerging crime trends.
Crime-prevention deputies are assigned to educate the public on ways to prevent crime in neighborhoods. The deputies work with the crime analyst, patrol deputies and the community relations unit to gather and disseminate information for residents, business owners and homeowner associations in unincorporated Jefferson County. Learn more about crime prevention and safety.
The directed operations unit is a small, selected group of deputies who are regularly assigned to any task that falls outside the realm of routine patrol, including high-crime areas, traffic problems, special event security, VIP and dignitary security details and liquor code enforcement. The directed operations unit is based on problem-oriented policing - working to solve specific, patrol-related problems as they arise.
The honor guard comprises deputies who present the flag at events, including academy graduations, awards ceremonies, community events, parades and funerals of Jefferson County employees. Most honor guard members have served in the military; some were honor guard members during their military service.
The traffic unit was established in 2003 in response to community concerns about speeding and reckless driving on Jefferson County roads. Traffic unit deputies use Harley-Davidson motorcycles and laser speed guns to enforce traffic laws around the county. Because these deputies do not respond to routine calls, they are free to focus on traffic enforcement alone. Other patrol deputies support the traffic unit.
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