The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office Shoulder Patch
The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, which was founded on November 7, 1859, survives as one of Colorado's original law enforcement agencies, as well as the largest full-service sheriff's office in the state.
The patch, unveiled in 2000, symbolizes the western heritage of Jefferson County and its sheriff's office. It was re-created using the original brassard created in 1949 to mark the sheriff's office's transition from the 20th to 21st century. The new patch was adapted from a design by Joseph Garcia of Denver. The center vignette was developed by our own Lt. Dan Gard and Sgt. Richard "J.J." Webb (longtime veterans of the sheriff's office) to reflect the feel of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office. The image includes a shadowed lone rider, who is actually Deputy Ron Guillaumin, sitting astride his horse, Diamond.
The original patch, which the new patch replaced, was hand-sketched by then-Undersheriff Carl Enlow, who slipped his drawing into a typewriter to add the words "Jefferson County Sheriff's Dept." The designers of the new patch used digital photography and computers to create their image.
Additional Symbols Included in the Design
1. The black background honors our colleagues who have given their lives in service to our community.
2. The gold lettering symbolizes the gold fever that brought prospectors and settlers to our area.
3. The barbed wire evokes memories of early ranches on our plains.
4. The blue skies and cumulus clouds represent the brilliant canopy of Colorado.
5. The red rocks illustrate the dramatic rock formations representative of the varied terrain in the county.
6. The mounted horseman and traditional five-point stars remind us of challenges faced by frontier lawmen.
Attention Patch Collectors
The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office shoulder patch is available to collectors. If you wish to request one, please contact:
Jefferson County Sheriff's Office
Attn: Community Relations
200 Jefferson County Parkway
Golden, CO 80401
Please, one patch per person only.
Mar 28, 2009 10:17 PM