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Crime Prevention:

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The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office practices Community-Oriented Policing. This means that our agency, along with other law enforcement agencies in the area, are committed to a partnership with the citizens of El Paso County to prevent crime rather than just respond to criminal activity after it has taken place.

Our Office has programs in place to aid in crime prevention. Listed below is a partial list of ways that the Sheriff’s Office works together with citizens of the County to build a true sense of community and to help ensure a safe and secure quality of life for all County residents.

  Crime Prevention Programs

Neighborhood Watch Program

One of the most successful community/law enforcement partnerships in the USA, this program aids law enforcement by creating a closer sense of community among citizens. Neighbors who know each other become eyes and ears for each other and develop an awareness of unusual circumstances and suspicious behaviors.

Click on the sign located on the right to download the brochure that explains the Neighborhood Watch Program in more detail.

Neighborhood Watch Sign

Refuse To Be A Victim Program Program

The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office conducts Refuse to Be a Victim (RTBAV) classes periodically. This course covers methods and ideas to help prevent crime in your home, your workplace, when you are out running errands, engaging in family activities, or traveling away from home.

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National Night Out Program

Every year, on the first Tuesday in August, the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office participates in the National Night Out Program (NNO). Sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch, this one-night crime prevention event involves citizens, law enforcement agencies, civic groups, businesses, and local officials in all 50 states in an evening of cookouts and block parties in support of local anticrime programs that strengthen neighborhood spirit, reinforce community/law enforcement partnerships, and send the message to criminals that these involved neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

Click on the logo located on the right to download the information packet that explains the National Night Out Program in more detail and how you can get involved.

National Night Out - Deputy Kossman with a Child

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  Helpful Crime Prevention Information

Identity Theft Information

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The Federal Trade Commission has up-to-date information and publications regarding Identity Theft: what it is, what to do if you think you might be an identity theft victim, and ways to protect your identity to avoid becoming a victim. Go to their website at ftc.gov/idtheft for more information. On the right side of this webpage is a list of consumer publications. You can download a comprehensive 52-page publication titled “Take Charge: Fighting Back Against Identity Theft.”

This publication covers the major aspects of I.D. theft and walks the consumer through what to do if you believe you have been victimized. Or you can call the FTC’s Identity Theft Hotline toll-free at 1-877-ID-THEFT (438-4338), or at their TTY number: 1-866-653-4261. If you prefer, you can write to them at: Identity Theft Clearinghouse, Federal Trade Commission, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20580.

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Click on Sherlock to download a flyer with Important Contact Information, Tips for Preventing Identity Theft, and a guide as to what steps to take if you become an I.D. theft victim.

Operation Identification

Simply mark valuable property with an identification number using an engraver, a carbide-tipped pen, or indelible marker. You can use your Driver’s License Number, including the two-letter state code, or a number you create if you prefer. DO NOT USE YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER FOR THIS PURPOSE. Marking your valuables in this way makes your property easy to identify, more difficult for a thief to sell or pawn, and easier for law enforcement to return to you if recovered after being lost or stolen. Items too small to be marked should be photographed or videotaped and kept in a safe place on a CD, flash card, or memory stick.

Home Security Survey

This home security survey outlines ways to prevent theft and home intrusion by “target-hardening” your residence. Take the survey and see what you can do to better protect yourself and your family.

Click on the image on the right to download the home security survey.

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Quick Reference Phone List

Keep this phone list by your home telephone for ease in reaching various community agencies.

Click on the image on the left to download the list.

Below is a list of weblinks to other agencies that provide valuable crime prevention information:

National Crime Prevention Councilncpc.org This is the home of McGruff the Crime Dog with his trademarked saying: “Take a Bite Out of Crime.” This website is full of good ideas and ways that families can participate in crime prevention activities.

Department of Homeland Securitydhs.gov Created shortly after the terrorist attack on 9-11, in addition to having counterterrorism information, this site offers preparedness, response, and recovery information and publications.

Federal Emergency Management Agencyfema.gov Although this agency provides support for victims of natural disasters, such as fire, flood, earthquakes, etc., it has information concerning preventative measures and ideas that should be part of any family’s emergency plan.

National Neighborhood Watch ProgramUSAOnWatch.org This is the website for National Neighborhood Watch, working in conjunction with the National Sheriff’s Association. This site provides information and publications about Neighborhood Watch as well as a history of the program’s origins.

  Upcoming Training & Events

Equine Identification & Theft Prevention Class

Participants will learn crime prevention concepts and strategies geared toward deterring horse, trailer, and equipment theft. The class will also cover the importance of being able to identify and prove ownership of your horse. Permanent and temporary methods of equine identification are discussed. Student participation and live demonstrations are possible with the 90 minute class time option.

Click on the image on the right to download the brochure to learn more.

Equine Identification & Theft Prevention Class - Image of a Horse

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   Sheriff's Office Facilities Information

Office of the Sheriff
27 East Vermijo Avenue
Colorado Springs, CO. 80903


Metro Detention Facility
210 South Tejon Street
Colorado Springs, CO. 80903

Criminal Justice Center
2739 East Las Vegas
Colorado Springs, CO. 80906



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