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The chief law enforcement officer of the county is the Sheriff. The Sheriff of Jefferson County oversees the largest full-service sheriff's office in Colorado. He supervises law enforcement services provided to the 550,000 residents of the county with patrolling responsibility to 189,720 residents of the unincorporated areas, and serves as the fire marshal in cases of wildfire. Under his leadership, the Sheriff's Office enforces the law, investigates crimes and runs the county jail, which may hold as many as 1,280 inmates. The undersheriff is appointed by the Sheriff.
On January 13, 2015, Jeff Shrader was sworn into office as the sheriff of Jefferson County. Shrader’s law enforcement career began in 1984 as a deputy assigned to the county jail. Soon thereafter, as the agency's first administrative sergeant, he coordinated a statewide forum to address juvenile violence, the Sheriff’s Office’s first Citizens' Advisory Council and the Citizens' Academy. Ten years after his hire, he attended the FBI National Academy as a sergeant.
Promoted to the rank of division chief in 1999, Shrader oversaw operations including the Patrol Division, Criminal Investigations Division, Detentions Services Division and the Support Services Division. Accomplishments of his career as chief include administering the organization's $90 million budget, spearheading the agency's community-based decentralization effort and the Strategic Management and Accurate Response Tactics (SMART) program.Major Initiatives• Directing the $34.8 million renovation and construction project. The Sheriff's complex's aging central plant systems were replaced, the court holding space was expanded and a state-of-the-art regional forensic crime laboratory was built. Shrader ensured that operational impacts were minimized during construction and that the project was within the budget.• Shrader is a past team-lead assessor for the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies and formerly an avocational Dale Carnegie Training instructor. • Since 2004, Shrader has served as a trustee on the board of Colorado Counties Officials and Employees Retirement Association (CCOERA), serving two years as board chairman.
EducationShrader holds a Bachelor's Degree in Management of Human Resources from Colorado Christian University and has completed coursework towards a Master's of Business Administration Degree at Regis University.
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