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Biography of Al Simmons, 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 explosive ordinance disposal team (EODT), also known as the Bomb Squad, is a highly specialized unit trained in rendering safe suspected explosive devices and hazardous materials. This unit is the only one of its kind in Jefferson County and frequently provides help to neighboring law enforcement agencies.
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.
Al Simmons began his career in the jail on October 20, 1986 as a Control Deputy. He was soon promoted to Detention Deputy, which was a non-certified position. Sheriff Bray in 1990 selected a group of detention deputies to become POST certified. Al was part of that first group. Since his graduation from the academy Al has served in every division of the department, either as deputy or supervisor.
Upon his academy graduation he was assigned to Patrol where he served until 1993. This was followed by an assignment to the Crimes-Against-Children Unit in the Investigations Division. He later moved to the Homicide Unit.While assigned to Investigations he became a member of the SWAT team. Along with the team he participated in numerous critical incidents, including response to Columbine High School. For the team’s actions that day he was awarded the Medal of Valor. In 1999 he was promoted as sergeant and served first in Patrol followed by Support Services and Detentions. In Patrol he was a shift supervisor and then supervisor of the School Resource Officers. He later supervised the Internal Affairs Unit. In 2003 he was promoted to a lieutenant in Patrol where he was watch commander and backup SWAT commander. His first assignment as Captain in 2005 was to Detentions where he supervised numerous units including Court Security and Transportation. In Support Services he was charged with managing the Professional Development Section and was the director of the law enforcement academy. Since 2012 he has managed the South Precinct of the Patrol Division.Al is co-founder and current board member of the Employee Assistance Fund which is well-known for the financial aid it provides to employees in need. Most recently he has distinguished himself by his work on behalf of the mentally ill. He was instrumental in obtaining a Crisis Intervention Team Case Manager grant that provides for behavioral health clinicians provided by Jefferson Center for Mental Health to assist JCSO employees in dealing with the mentally ill before they become a danger in our community. For his forward thinking and ongoing efforts he received the Professional Conduct Award and was recognized by the Good News Coalition. He also instructs Ethics and Leadership classes in the academy.Al earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Colorado Christian University in 2004. In 2008 he attended the Senior Management Institute for Police. And in 2010 he graduated from the 242nd session of the FBI National Academy.In August of 2016 Captain Simmons was appointed to the rank of Division Chief and assigned to command the Patrol Division.
See the Patrol Division Organizational Chart
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