Criminal Investigation Division
A specialized group of deputies investigates crimes and files cases with the District Attorney's office regarding felony crimes committed in unincorporated Jefferson County.
Crimes Against Property Unit
This team is assigned to investigate felony property crimes, including burglary, theft, motor vehicle theft, criminal mischief, trespass, and other crimes. Investigators have found that many of the property-related crimes that occur in this county are crimes of opportunity. Victims have knowingly or unknowingly left car, house or garage doors open or unlocked, making it easy for them to be victimized. Suspects tend to take the path of least resistance by looking for open or unlocked doors. The easiest way to avoid becoming a victim is to always lock your property and do not leave valuables in your vehicle. For more crime prevention tips, visit our Crime Prevention page.
Crimes Against Persons Unit
The Persons Unit investigates homicide, sexual assault (adult victim), kidnapping, domestic violence, serious assault cases, robberies, missing persons and unattended deaths. This unit has investigators who specialize in domestic violence, as well as cold cases.
Crimes Against Children Unit
The Crimes Against Children Unit is responsible for investigating all felony crimes committed against and by juveniles. Additionally, investigators in this unit are responsible for tracking juvenile offenders, runaways, and the registered sexual offenders living in unincorporated Jefferson County. Sex offender link
Special Investigations Unit
The Special Investigations Unit investigates the following crimes: Domestic and international terriorism; liquor violations; vice; complex crimes; identity theft; fraud; forgery; computer forensics; and gang activity. Investigators from this team work closely with investigators from the United States Postal Service on cases involving stolen mail. The Special Investigations Unit also conducts concealed weapon permit and federal firearms license background checks and investigations of permit violations.
West Metro Drug Task Force
The JCSO is one of five local law enforcement agencies that contributes personnel and manpower to the West Metro Drug Task Force. The task force was formed in 1992 as an intergovernmental team to investigate and prosecute individuals and groups involved in the trafficking of illegal drugs and associated criminal enterprises. The task force was designed to reduce the amount of illegal drugs available in the community by sanctioning those who provide the drugs.
The Criminalistics Unit is responsible for crime scene response and processing, polygraph tests, forensic photography, latent print comparison, questioned documents, controlled substance analysis and clandestine drug laboratory analysis. The laboratory is also responsible for providing training to the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office deputy and citizens' academies and the crime scene technician program.
The evidence vault at the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office contains all physical evidence submitted relating to criminal cases in unincorporated Jefferson County. Evidence vault custodians ensure the integrity of all stored evidence and property, and produce these items quickly and accurately for legal proceedings. The vault processes and stores more than 13,000 items per year. Items are periodically purged on a case-by-case basis (following adjudication), based on instructions from deputies and investigators involved. Property is returned to owners, destroyed, converted to county property, or auctioned.
Four full-time and nearly 30 volunteer victim advocates respond to the needs of victims of crime and crises by providing crisis intervention, support, referrals and assistance with the criminal justice process. Advocates work with victims on-scene or immediately following a traumatic event, and may refer them to mental health professionals for long-term care, or community assistance programs. The work of the Victim Services unit is based on the Colorado Victim's Bill of Rights. Victim Services also administers the "Deputy HUGS" adopt-a-bear program. More information on Victim Services and victims' rights.
To become a Victim Services volunteer, call Susan Sylvester, 720-497-7249.
Feb 2, 2013 01:11 PM