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, media outlets, 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 Professional Standards Unit (PSU) goal is to inspect, audit and investigate Sheriff’s Office operations to ensure they meet community expectations and the highest professional and industry standards related to law enforcement, detentions, and criminal justice agencies. Toward that end, the PSU conducts scheduled unit inspections, reviews critical incidents and investigates reports of wrong doing, and substandard performance.
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.
The Special Operations Division is responsible for the specialized units designed to enhance the level of law enforcement service of the Sheriff’s Office, thus increasing the quality of life of the citizens of El Paso County. Through programs and various services, the Division provides direct interaction between the Sheriff’s Office and the citizens of our community, enhancing a partnership that ultimately expands the capability of our crime prevention efforts.
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 Investigations Division is responsible for investigating the vast majority of felony crimes against persons and property occurring in the unincorporated areas of El Paso County. The division includes Major Crimes Unit, General Investigation Unit, Sex Crimes Unit, Financial Crimes Unit, Computer Crimes and Cold Cases. The Division is also responsible for the Evidence Facility, Victims Advocates, Metro Vice and Narcotics and members of the Metro Crime Laboratory. The Division is led be a Commander and is overseen by one Lieutenant and three Sergeants.
Welcome to the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office Detention Bureau. Our goal in the Detention Bureau is to maintain a safe, secure environment at the Criminal Justice Center (CJC) and the Metro Work Release Facility (MWRF) for those incarcerated. 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 283 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 close to 1,500 inmates.
Welcome to the Support Operations Division web page. 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 requirements.
The El Paso County Sheriff’s office Emergency Services Division is responsible for supporting the statutory requirements of the Sheriff’s office as a relates to wildland fire, which includes coordinating and ensuring forest and prairie fire responses. The Sheriff’s office is also responsible for fire investigations in the unincorporated areas of the county, providing for search and rescue, assisting with the counties hazardous material team response and being actively engaged in providing planning, preparation, and training for any emergency or disaster that affects the County. The El Paso County Emergency Operations Center is also supported by Sheriff’s office personnel, as well as several of our affiliated volunteer teams.
Fiscal Services Section encompasses the Finance Unit, Accreditation, and Fiscal Compliance. The Finance Section is comprised of four (4) major functional areas: Accounting/Finance, Budget, Payroll, and Grants Management, which, in conjunction, provide overall quality and integrity of the Sheriff’s Office financial management and control system.
The Media Relations Manager is responsible for the professional, creative, and technical work involved in the dissemination of information regarding the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office, both externally and internally. External communication takes on a variety of forms, but primarily consists of media releases prepared by the Public Information Officer or information contained within the Sheriff’s Office website and social media channels. Internal communication is also multi-faceted and its importance cannot be overstated. With an agency as large as the Sheriff’s Office, insuring employees are well informed of matters concerning the Office is vital.