EPSO COVID-19 Information
The goal of local officials is to focus on education and voluntary compliance. While citations, fines, or jail are possible for violating the order, local public health staff and law enforcement would rather rely on education and outreach to correct violations. We encourage citizens to voluntarily comply with the Stay at Home Order for their safety, the safety of their families, friends and neighbors.
Do not call 9-1-1 to report potential violations of the order, residents should first contact their local public health agency at 719-578-3167. Residents may also file a report with the Attorney General’s Office at [email protected].
In an effort to reduce face to face interactions due to the increasing spread of COVID-19 in El Paso County, we are transitioning non-priority calls differently. Our Communication Center will still receive all requests for calls for service through our normal method, non-emergent calls to 719-390-5555 and emergent calls to 9-1-1. Our Communication Center Call Takers will assess each situation as it comes in. If it is a crime that is actively occurring and is a risk to persons or property, a deputy will be dispatched. If it is an incident that is not active and not posing an immediate threat, a deputy will reach the caller by phone.
Our goal is to minimize public exposure to the virus, while carrying out our mission to protect public safety in El Paso County. We will continue to monitor this rapidly evolving situation and provide updates as necessary.
Updated: 03/27/2020 1:55pm
- CJC Lobby is closed to the public with the exception of bonding and kiosk
- Professionals will call the front desk 390-2130 to schedule all onsite visits.
- Video Visitation is closed to the public and put in online link. All fees have been waived by Black hawk.
- Employees will be directed to stay home (or go home) if they or any family member they live with is exhibiting any symptoms, or if they are high risk
- Elimination of any non-mission essential meetings or events (unless able to be done remotely).
- Jail “in person” visitation programs shut down except for preapproved professional.
- Court advisements in jail lobby suspended indefinitely.
- Jail programs involving volunteers will be suspended until further notice.
- Signs will be posted at the entrance to Video Visitation, the Jail Lobby entrance and all employee entrances.
- Courtesy holds or transports to and from other jails will be accepted on a case by case basis.
- Transports of inmates outside the facility will be minimized.
- Inmates displaying symptoms will wear surgical masks if they leave the jail facility. Any inmates being released from the facility with symptoms will be advised to contact their primary care physician and educated on ways of preventing the spread of their illness.
In light of the current public health considerations, the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office Evidence Facility is not currently releasing any property/evidence. If you have an urgent request, please call an Evidence Technician at 719-390-2481 to determine if an appointment can be set for you to obtain your property. If there is no answer, please leave a message and we will return your call at our earliest convenience. Thank you for your understanding.
Effective Tuesday, March 17th we will be suspending ALL in office appointments until further notice.
- This includes but is not limited to New Permits, OCRs, P-Permits/Nationals and Fingerprint Name changes.
- All appointments for this week (March 17 – March 20) will be contacted via phone.
- For all appointments scheduled for March 23 and beyond, public notification will be made on the Sheriff’s Office website.
- Once we return to full operations, the CHP office will send out notification that new appointments are able to be scheduled.
- With the cancellation of in-person appointments, we will continue to process renewal applications as they are received.
The Cheyenne Mountain Shooting Range will be closed for HR-218 Qualifications until May 22, 2020 due to concerns of the COVID-19 outbreak. Before going to the Range on May 22, 2020, please call 719-520-7249 to verify the range is open and available for HR-218 Applicants to qualify
Effective Tuesday, March 17th and until further notice the Internal Affairs Unit will be placing the following changes into effect:
- Internal Affairs will no longer be scheduling appointments for in person complaints or taking walk-in complaints.
- Internal Affairs complaints may be submitted via the Sheriff’s Office website utilizing the following link: https://www.epcsheriffsoffice.com/sections-office-of-the-sheriff/division-of-professional-responsibility/internal-affairs-unit or by calling 719-520-7345 and leaving a voice mail. Please be sure to leave your name, complaint and phone number or email so we may answer your call/email.
The Office of the Sheriff located at 27 E. Vermijo is closed to the public until further notice. If you receive a ticket, please send by mail.
We are having Dispatch do a COVID 19 screening on all medical and Priority Law enforcement calls. Deputies should be doing the screening by phone on Priority 3 and 4 calls. We will be handling as many non-priority calls by phone as possible as well as offering an updated list of crimes to Cop Logic. If you receive a ticket, please send by mail.
Programs that are cancelled:
- Sheriff’s Citizen Patrol
- Chaplains have been asked to reduce services and not physically respond to scenes. There is a possibility of providing their service by phone.
- Civilian Ride Along Program
- Cadet Academy during Spring Break and all cadet programs
- All patrol off site or out of town training
- In person Patrol Briefings
- Supervisors discretion to send deputies on medical calls
Effective immediately, no volunteers will be allowed in the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office facilities with the exception of Wildland Fire, Search & Rescue, & Reserve Deputies. If you are unsure or unclear about your position as a volunteer, please contact your chain of command.