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.
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.
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 El Paso County Jail 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 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 El Paso County Sheriff's Office Public Information Section has the important responsibility of serving as a liaison between the media, community and the Sheriff's Office. We continually strive to provide this service to our citizenry with the tenets of community oriented policing as the foundation of this section.
Specifically, the Public Information Section is responsible for the dissemination of accurate and timely public safety information to the community through media releases, social media, and various publications. By performing this service, we serve as the conduit through which the public is made aware of matters that are of interest to our community.
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 .