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Biography of Scott Pocsik, Chief of the Patrol Division
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. Also, both the south and mountain precincts offer the convenience of walk-in services. See our contact us page for a full listing.
Animal Control Officers are experienced, certified, highly trained professionals commissioned as agents for the Colorado Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Animal Protection.
The Special Operations Section is comprised of six special units in the Sheriff's Office. These groups duties 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 detail and liquor code enforcement.
The Traffic Unit responds 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.
The K-9 Unit is used in high-risk situations such as building searches, tracking suspects or lost individuals and discovery of concealed narcotics and explosives. The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office currently has German sheperds trained to detect narcotics; a Belgian shepherd trained to detect explosives; and a bloodhound for tracking and cadaver searches.
School Resource Officers serve as a liaison between the Sheriff's Office and students, parents and administrators in unincorporated Jefferson County and the neighborhoods surrounding those schools. They also provide valuable, law-related supplementary education for students in the schools they serve and in affiliated elementary schools.
The Special Weapons and Tactics team (SWAT) is a select group of deputies and support staff from the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office and the Arvada and Golden police departments. SWAT is used in high-risk incidents when disciplined teamwork, specialized weapons and tactical skills are required, such as incidents involving barricaded subjects or hostages.
Each deputy serving with the cyclist program must complete extensive formal training. The course involves educational and practical instruction on the operation of mountain bikes and community policing strategies. Deputies on bicycles are a more visible deterrent to crime, especially when working in crowds than is possible from the inside of a duty vehicle.
The Patrol Division recognizes the importance of orientation and training upon assignment. All new patrol deputies receive field training in Sheriff's Office policies and procedures.
Scott Pocsik joined the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office in 1986 as a patrol deputy. He joined the K-9 Unit in 1989 and served eight years alongside K-9's Remco and Barron. In 1997, he was promoted to sergeant and served in patrol and internal affairs.
During his career, Pocsik has served in a variety of leadership roles, specializing in patrol and special unit functions. He was commander for the agency’s mountain precinct in Evergreen, and he oversaw special units, including K-9, SWAT, traffic, DOU, crime analysis and school resource officers, along with the field training program. In 2009, Pocsik was named chief of the criminal investigation division.
Pocsik has a bachelor’s degree in applied management from National American University. In 2007, he graduated from the Police Executive Research Forum at the Senior Management Institute of Policing at Boston University. He is a recipient of the agency's Medal for Distinguished Service.
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