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 maintain 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 El Paso County Sheriff's Office Budget and Finance Section is comprised of four major functional areas: Accounting/Finance; Budget; Payroll and Grants Management, which, in conjunction with each other, provide overall quality and integrity of the Sheriff’s Office financial management and control system.

The Director of Information 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.

The Community Liaison to Seniors program provides a proactive approach to help seniors and at-risk adults within our community avoid becoming victims of crime.  All too often, seniors become targets of any number of scams, ranging from telephone scams to fraud scams.  Criminals choose to prey on this group for a variety of reasons, some of which include their trusting personalities and the difficulty for a senior citizen to be a strong witness and follow a criminal case through prosecution.

The El Paso County Sheriff's Office is pleased to provide you with the following information in order to assist you with the Concealed Handgun Permit (CHP) application process. On this page you will find the following information to guide you: application, information packet, required fees, procedures and guidelines for the program. The El Paso County Sheriff's Office Concealed Handgun Program complies with Colorado Revised Statutes regarding concealed handgun permits. (Colorado Revised Statutes 18-12-203 through 18-12-207)

The El Paso County Sheriff's Office Public Information Section has the important responsibility of serving as a liaison between the 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 three person team which makes up the Research and Development Section (R & D) has many responsibilities and serves all areas of the Office.  As the name implies, they conduct special research projects as directed and help in the development of short and long term goals and track the documentation for each. 

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 over 270 dedicated men and women who are proud of their ability to ensure inmates are housed in a safe, secure and constitutionally sound manner.

The dedicated men and women of the Security Division provide vital services to an approximate daily average of 1,500 inmates. 

The Detention Support Division consists of the Standards and Compliance and Inmate Services Sections.  The Standards and Compliance Section is composed of the American Correctional Association and the Commission on Law Enforcement Accreditation Units.  The Inmate Services Section is composed of civilian and sworn personnel who are responsible for the coordination of inmate programs such as: Alcoholics Anonymous, yoga, anger management, basic math, bible study, G.E.D., veteran services, Gateways through the Rockies and the Reintegration and Recovery Program, to name a few. Through these programs, our goal is to return inmates to the community as productive, law abiding citizens.

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 three (3) divisions, the Emergency Services Division, Investigations Division, and Patrol Division, all tasked with carrying out the statutory responsibilities of the Sheriff, which include preserving the peace, executing writs, fire warden responsibilities, and search and rescue 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 cases against persons and property occurring in the unincorporated areas of El Paso County.  The division includes the Major Crimes Unit, General Investigations Unit, Sex Crimes Unit and the Financial/Computer Crimes Unit.  The Division is also responsible for the Evidence Facility, Victim Advocates and members of the Metro Crime Lab and Metro VNI.  The Division is led by a commander and is overseen by two lieutenants.

On behalf of all the professional First Responders in the Emergency Services Division  (ESD) I would like to welcome you to our webpage. The Emergency Services Division is responsible for coordinating forest and prairie fire response, fire investigations in unincorporated county areas, search and rescue, hazardous material response,  and for operating the County's Emergency Operations Center (EOC).

On behalf of the 90 plus employees assigned to the Support Services Bureau, welcome to our respective web pages.  The goal of the Support Services Bureau is to provide public safety support to the citizens for El Paso County and the employees of the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office by ensuring the required manpower and material resources are available to meet the Sheriff’s Office mission requirements.

Thank you for visiting the Administrative Services Division web page.  Please take a moment to become familiar with the various units within the Division and consider the level of value our staff brings to the Sheriff’s Office and the community.  Human Resources, Background Investigations, Internal Affairs, Records, and Volunteer Opportunities are all critical functions to the mission success of the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office.  With just over 30 full time employees, the Administrative Services Division is one of the smallest Divisions. 

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.