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Biography of Dan Gard, Chief of the Support Services Division
The mission of the Support Services Division is to provide quality service to the community and the organization through a commitment to innovation, technical excellence, fiscal responsibility, professionalism and leadership.
The Sheriff's Office accepts all comments and complaints regarding its employees or processes. Administrative Investigations may be contacted by phone, in writing or in person; citizens may also direct a complaint or commendation to any supervisor and it will be processed through Administrative Investigations.
To earn and maintain accreditation, JCSO voluntarily complies with or exceeds nationally recognized standards of operation. Because this independent evaluation process is an accomplishment that cannot be achieved without a total office-wide commitment, every member of the Sheriff's Office contributes to achieving and maintaining accreditation standards. The Accreditation Unit ensures the JCSO meets or exceeds the requirements of the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies and the American Correctional Association.The Sheriff's Office jail medical unit is accredited by the National Commission on Correctional Healthcare. The Crime Lab is accredited by the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors Accreditation. The communications center is accredited by the Public Safety Communications Accreditation. A re-accreditation process takes place regularly to ensure that the agency maintains compliance with all standards.
The county security manager is responsible for developing and implementing a centralized security program that provides for a safe environment for Jefferson County government employees, citizens, vendors and contractors. The security officer is responsible for the security of the county government campus and the county's 55 separate facilities.
Staff inspection ensures that all work groups at the Sheriff's Office are adhering to department policy and accreditation standards. Regular reviews of each unit's activities and record-keeping ensure that the department is operating efficiently and according to established standards.
In order to ensure the continuing delivery of law enforcement services while effectively and efficiently managing all available resources, the Sheriff's Office will continually assess its performance and carefully research all alternatives in planning for the future. Research and development includes the collection and maintenance of data and statistical information for the purposes of planning and developing long and short term goals and programs within the Sheriff's Office, and includes the distribution of relevant reports and statistical data to affected components.
The crime analyst detects and studies crime pattern and series by analyzing how crimes are committed. Information is then shared with investigations and patrol so they may react to emerging crime trends. The crime analyst assists in compiling and maintaining statistical data for various components of the Sheriff's Office.
The SMART Jeffco process employs real-time crime analysis combined with proven and innovative crime-reduction techniques. This allows law enforcement to immediately identify and address current crime conditions and prevent future problems from arising.
The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office holds two or more state-certified law enforcement academies each year. Recruiting is responsible for the applications and testing processes for both sworn and civilian positions at the Sheriff's Office. Recruiting is active in recruitment activities and trained specifically in the following areas: federal and state compliance, cultural awareness, written, oral and physical agility examinations, medical requirements, and record systems for applicant tracking.
The project management process is used to ensure appropriate initiation, prioritization, allocation of resources, and management of information technology projects. These projects evolve and transform the Sheriff's Office's business processes and capabilities. Project management includes the IT project life cycle from definition to deployment, made possible through engagement with executive staff, cross-functional stakeholders, and development teams.
Volunteer services is a manifestation of the partnership of the Sheriff's Office and the citizens of Jefferson County. Assigned in non-sworn, civilian capacities throughout the Sheriff's Office, volunteers supplement the delivery of services while enhancing the relationship of the Sheriff's Office with the community. The Detention Services Division relies on volunteers to provide religious, educational and substance-abuse counseling to inmates in the jail. Volunteers also act as victim advocates in concert with the Victim Services. Reserve deputies, cadets and explorers are also volunteers.
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.
Several units fall within the Asset Management Section, including the business office, supply operations, the print shop, grants, and fleet maintenance.
The Business Office is responsible for the adopted budget and its development, supervision of expenditures, purchasing and full financial management of the Sheriff's Office fiscal resources and property.
The grant specialist maintains and procures grants for the Sheriff's Office for programs such as: DUI checkpoints, saturation patrols, victim services, large fires, LifeTrak and lab equipment.
Supply operations is responsible for recording all JCSO fixed assets purchased by the county and for the distribution of all property and equipment purchased by the Sheriff's Office. The in-house print shop is also managed by the Supply Operations Unit.
The Fleet Maintenance Unit is responsible for servicing and maintaining a 310 vehicle fleet (patrol vehicles, animal control units, jail transport, a criminalistics van, and a command bus), and equipping these vehicles with radios, computers and emergency warning equipment. The JCSO has two watches' allotment of patrol vehicles, allowing the first watch to undergo routine maintenance while the other set is patrolling.
Building maintenance is responsible for maintaining the 440,000-square-foot Sheriff's Office facility to the standards required for day-to-day operations.
A Jefferson County Board of Commissioners decision in 2006 made the Emergency Management and Preparedness team part of the sheriff's office. Emergency Management and Preparedness employs experts in disaster preparedness, including wildfire. The team works to continually evaluate potential hazards and seeks ways to keep citizens and emergency responders prepared for natural and man-made disasters.
The Jefferson County Type III Incident Management Team (IMT) is a multi-agency team that responds to large, all-hazard situations in Jefferson County and the surrounding areas.
The Fire Management Officer assists the Sheriff's Office in preparing for and responding to man-made natural disasters. These disasters are not limited to structure and wildfires but requires a partnership with local fire departments and adjacent counties.
The Communications Unit is a 24/7 operation that answers emergency 911 calls - and non-emergency calls - and dispatches for nine fire and five police agencies in Jefferson County. The unit has 35 certified emergency medical dispatchers (EMDs) who are trained to help callers through medical emergencies.
The information Technology Unit installs, configures and maintains computer and network resources for Sheriff's Office users. Projects have involved everything from helpdesk service to crime report databases, mobile computers in patrol vehicles, inmate databases and crime-mapping software.
The Records Unit serves as the central processing department for criminal justice records. Records is responsible for the processing, maintaining, archiving, retrieving and releasing of information and copies of reports in accordance with federal and state regulations and guidelines. Records processes public fingerprinting and accepts liquor license and concealed handgun permit applications, among other services. The model traffic code office, as part of the Records Unit, is responsible for processing and accepting payment for model traffic code tickets.
Radio technicians are responsible for all radio system programming and maintenance, allowing all deputies to remain in contact with headquarters and with one another at all times. Radio equipment includes dispatch radios at headquarters, in-vehicle radios and portable devices and radio tower repeaters located across the region. The Sheriff's Office operates on 800 MHz communications system, a milestone in the effort to create a single, statewide radio network that allows large groups of public safety users to communicate effectively.
The Training Unit provides two or more state-certified law enforcement basic training academies a year as well as manages dispatch academies and annual in-service training to all sworn and civilian personnel. The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office and Lakewood Police Department Combined Regional Academy lesson plans are designed and adhere to specific performance objectives outlined in the state curriculum and include firearms training, emergency driving training, basic first aid, CPR training, and arrest control.
The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office Mounted Patrol is a small group of reserve deputies who work with their own horses at a variety of events throughout the county. The mounted patrol is called into service for parades and other outdoor celebrations, such as the National Western Stock Show parade and the Conifer holiday parade. The group also helps with law enforcement at special events, such as dignitary visits or the annual Summerset Festival in Clement Park. Officers and their horses undergo rigorous training to become part of the unit - and still more training to keep their skills sharp. Horse candidates for mounted patrol are evaluated on horsemanship, riding skills, obstacle training and sensory training. A mounted patrol horse must respond under control to all different types of stimuli, allowing the rider and horse to safely work as a team. Teams are also trained in formation riding, tactical formations, arrest control and defensive tactics for crowd control purposes. The mounted patrol comprises volunteers who donate their time to the department.
Dan Gard began his sheriff's office career in 1986 as a patrol deputy. In that role, he worked as a crime-scene technician and field-training instructor. After being promoted to sergeant, Gard was assigned to the accreditation unit and later ran the law enforcement academy.
As lieutenant, Gard served as commander for the mountain precinct in Evergreen, he managed the traffic, SRO and he directed operations and crime-analysis functions.
He recently served as captain of the criminal investigation division, where he developed key programs to help identify specific crime trends and reduce illegal activity.
Gard has a bachelor's degree in human resource management from Colorado Christian University. He is a graduate of both Northwestern University's School of Police Staff and Command and the Senior Management Institute of Policing through the Police Executive Research Forum.
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