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 building are located at the county government complex in Golden. A precinct in Evergreen existed prior to 2005, serving residents in the county's rural mountain areas. In May 2005, the department opened its first fully operational substation in the southern part of Jefferson County. Both the south and mountain substations now offer the convenience of walk-in services available at headquarters in Golden. Locations
The Animal Control Section became part of the Sheriff's Office in 1998 through county reorganization efforts. Animal control officers are experienced, certified, highly-trained professionals who are commissioned as agents for the Colorado Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Animal Protection.
The JCSO's crime analyst detects and studies crime patterns and series by analyzing how crimes are committed. Information is then shared with investigations and patrol so that they may react to emerging crime trends.
The crime prevention deputies are charged with educating the public on ways to prevent crime in neighborhoods. The deputies works with the crime analyst, Patrol deputies and the Community Relations Unit to gather and disseminate information for residents, business owners and homeowner associations in unincorporated Jefferson County. Learn more about crime prevention and safety.
Directed Operations Unit (DOU)
The Directed Operations Unit is a small, selected group of deputies who 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 details and liquor code enforcement. The DOU is based on problem-oriented policing - working to solve specific, patrol-related problems as they arise.
The Honor Guard is made up of 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.
The K-9 Unit is used in high-risk situations such as building searches, tracking of suspects or lost individuals, and discovery of concealed narcotics and explosives. The JCSO currently has German shepherds trained to detect narcotics; a Belgian shepherd trained to detect explosives; and bloodhounds for tracking and cadaver searches. The K-9 unit is often called upon to provide assistance to other law enforcement agencies in the region. Learn more about the K-9 Unit.
School Resource Officers (SROs)
School Resource Officers serve the schools in unincorporated Jefferson County and the neighborhoods surrounding the schools. SROs are stationed in middle schools and high schools, providing basic law enforcement services to the schools, as well as to the surrounding homes, parks and businesses. SROs serve as a liaison between the sheriff's office and students, parents and administrators. SROs also provide valuable, law-related supplementary education for students in the schools they serve, and in affiliated elementary schools.
Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT)
The Special Weapons and Tactics team 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 utilized in high-risk incidents in which disciplined teamwork, specialized weapons and tactical skills are required, such as incidents involving barricaded subjects or hostages.
The Traffic Unit was established in 2003 in response 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. Their efforts are supplemented by other Patrol deputies.
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