At the beginning of each week, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office publishes "most wanted" list, seeking tips from the public on the location of dangerous suspects. To report the whereabouts of a wanted person, call 303-277-0211.
View the weekly most wanted
A Different Kind of "Most Wanted" List
In 2005, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office began posting a different kind of "most wanted" list. The list represents an agency-wide emphasis on identifying and managing violent offenders. Research has shown that as many as half of domestic violence offenders in the United States commit other crimes outside the home and represent an overall problem for the community.
Nearly all offenders on our list are wanted for a domestic-violence-related offense. However, many -- if not all -- of the suspects also have demonstrated other risk factors that show potential for future harm to a specific victim or others.
As you view the most wanted list, you may notice that the charges listed do not necessarily reflect the most heinous crimes committed in Jefferson County. Keep in mind that the suspect's charge is only one factor used to determine which criminals represent a high risk. In addition to the charges, there are other risk factors to consider. These may include: the inability to function in the community; the belief that the victim "belongs" to the suspect; other crimes; the failure of the criminal justice system to curb the suspect's criminal behavior; and the severity of violence.
By focusing more and more on domestic violence offenders, the Sheriff's Office is not only working on behalf of domestic violence victims, but is also taking preventive steps to decrease crime and improve the quality of life for residents of Jefferson County.
May 20, 2013 03:07 PM