Office of the Sheriff

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 not only meets all statutory requirements, but exceeds them in many ways and is recognized as a leader within the law enforcement industry.  From an internal functional and command structure perspective, the Office of the Sheriff includes:

  • Budget and Finance
  • Director of Information
  • Concealed Handgun Program
  • Public Information Office
  • Research and Development

We hope in the pages that follow you will find valuable information about the Sheriff's Office as well as the services we make available to the community.

General Information

The Chief of Staff is responsible for advising and consulting the Sheriff, Chief Deputy of Operations, Chief Deputy of Support and other Staff members. He/she 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.

General Information

The Director of Information/Public Information Officer 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 and 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 Director of Information/Public Information Officer 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, she 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.  Reporters and news agencies provide an essential service by distributing information to citizens in a timely fashion, especially during a time of crisis. The Director of Information/Public Information Officer helps build cooperative partnerships with the media and provide them with accurate and timely information.

General Information

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.

Our Community Liaison to Seniors serve and partner with this group by providing invaluable education which will help them detect a scam before they become a victim.  It also provides outreach and guidance to seniors on any number of law enforcement topics, including home security, emergency contacts within the community, and what to expect throughout an investigation and court prosecution if they do become a victim.  Currently, we have one part-time employee and two volunteers who serve as our liasions.

General Information

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. 

Research and Development always plays a significant role in the planning and execution of large Sheriff’s Office events, such as the Annual Awards Banquet.  Internal and external publications are produced by the R & D team; these publications are of top quality and are a great resource of information on current and past events within the Office and are distributed through mailings and offered digitally. 

R & D assists the Public Information Officer in many areas, one of the most visible being the management and use of the Sheriff’s Office website and social media channels to share information. Additionally, they are often the “go to” team when any special multi-media requests surface within the Office of the Sheriff.