The duties and responsibilities of the Sheriff are set forth in Colorado Revised Statutes. As one might imagine, the statutory mandates for the Sheriff are vast and cover a wide range of topics. These include topics like maintaining peace and order in El Paso County, provide general law enforcement services to unincorporated areas of the County, operate all jails within the county, serve criminal warrants and civil process throughout the entire county as directed by the District and County Courts, coordinate search and rescue efforts, suppress prairie and forest fires in El Paso County and perform other duties as directed by Colorado State Statutes and the Courts. The statutory references are listed below.
- Custodian of Jail (C.R.S. 30-10-511)
- Act as Fire Warden (C.R.S. 30-10-512)
- In charge fire expenses (C.R.S. 30-10-513)
- Transportation of Prisoners (C.R.S. 30-10-514)
- Execution of Writs – Attend Courts (C.R.S. 30-10-515)
- Preserve Peace – Command Aid (C.R.S. 30-10-516)
- Issues Concealed Handgun Permits (C.R.S. 30-10-523)
- Search and Rescue Responsibility (C.R.S. 24-32-2107)
The Chief of Staff handles a wide range of matters on behalf of the Sheriff and is responsible for advising and consulting the Sheriff and other staff members. The Chief of Staff develops, maintains and promotes effective community and inter-governmental relationships between the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office and local, state and federal governmental agencies, elected and appointed officials, business and community groups. In addition, the Chief of Staff manages the legislative functions for the Sheriff’s Office by supporting, opposing, or proposing legislation with direct effects on local law enforcement operations.
The Chief of Staff manages and provides supervisory oversight to the Community Outreach Unit and the Media Services Unit.
On behalf of the 170 plus employees assigned to the Law Enforcement Bureau, I welcome you to our respective web pages. The Sheriff’s Office Law Enforcement Bureau is comprised of two (2) divisions, the Investigations Division and Patrol Division, all tasked with carrying out the statutory responsibilities of the Sheriff.
Within the pages of this website are descriptions of the various Sections and Units that make up the Patrol Division. Each is designed to meet the needs of the community we serve in the most efficient and economical method possible.
The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division is comprised of three Sections including over one hundred twenty-five men and women dedicated to serve the public and preserve the peace for all who reside in or visit El Paso County. With the passing of 1A, this number will be increasing significantly as we add approximately forty-four new deputies to the Patrol Division.
The Criminal Investigations Division is responsible for investigating felony crimes against persons and property occurring in the unincorporated areas of El Paso County. The division is led by 1 commander, 3 section lieutenants, and 6 unit supervisors that oversee Crimes Against Persons, Property Crimes, Technical Investigations, and the Metro Vice, Narcotics, and Intelligence Section.
Welcome to the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office Detention Bureau. Our goal in the Detention Bureau is to maintain a safe, secure environment for those incarcerated at the El Paso County Jail and the Metro Work Release Facility (MWRF). We strive to provide opportunities for inmates to obtain the necessary discipline, skills and therapy through a multi-systemic approach including substance abuse and anger management programs, progressive/regressive classification system, and the Reintegration and Recovery Program, to successfully return to their communities once released.
The Detention Operations Division is responsible for operating two sections; Intake and Inmate Services, as well as Court Services.
The mission of the Intake and Inmate Services Section is to ensure responsibilities are accomplished in accordance with accepted professional standards as prescribed in Colorado Revised Statue (C.R.S.) 17-26-103. In addition, the Section maintains required records and ensures accountability and security of inmate funds and property. During an inmate’s stay, all of the inmate’s records are maintained by this Section to include court updates, new charges, bond charges, work release fees, pre-trial services and any holds generated by other agencies.
The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office Detention Bureau, Security Division is comprised of a group of approximatley 279 dedicated men and women who are proud of their ability to ensure inmates are housed in a safe, secure and constitutionally sound manner.
The men and women of the Security Division provide vital services to an approximate daily average jail population of over 1,600 inmates.
Thank you for visiting the Administrative Service Bureau web page. The Administrative Services Bureau is responsible for critical administrative support functions including Budget and Finance, Information Technology Services, the Concealed Handgun Permit Unit, Human Resources/Background Investigations and Criminal Justice Records. The Budget and Finance Unit prepares and monitors the Sheriff’s Office budgets, totaling nearly $70 million. The Information Technology Unit is responsible for procuring, and maintaining all of the Sheriff’s Office computer and electronic data processing assets, with the exception of radio systems. The Concealed Handgun Permit Unit processes all applications for concealed handgun permits. The Human Resources/Background Investigations Unit processes all applications for employment for both sworn and non-sworn positions; tests and screens candidates; and manages human resources records. The Records Unit types and maintains police case reports and other criminal justices records.
The Support Operations Division is comprised of over 60 personnel and is responsible for providing a communication connection between the Office and the community, as well as ensuring the required manpower and material resources are available to meet the Sheriff's Office mission .
The concept of the Bureau is to utilize the various Units to establish a framework to increase public trust through increased accountability and transparency. The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office is pledging to our community that we are serious about building a partnership between our Office and the community we serve. With this commitment, we hope to make our community safer by encouraging voluntary compliance with state and local laws rather than compliance through fear of punishment. Building positive relationships with all members of our community is a key component of creating a trusting atmosphere and every element of this Bureau will be involved with this effort.