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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.
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.
The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office Critical Incident Response Section coordinates the Sheriff's Office response to large-scale incidents, whether they are natural disasters, terrorist events or industrial accidents. The Critical Incident Response Section works to ensure proper training for line-level deputies in disaster response, including response to weapons of mass destruction.
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 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 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.
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 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.
See the Support Services Division Organizational Chart
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