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Epic flood affects Evergreen

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Upper Bear Creek and downtown Evergreen were greatly affected by the epic flood that affected much of the Front Range between Ft. Collins and Castle Rock, making its mark on Friday, September 13, 2013.  (Click on headline to take this to a full-page format to view photos and captions.)

Some newscasters are referring to it as a 1,000-year flood, as it has affected such a widespread area – from close to the Wyoming border to south of Denver – about 250 miles north to south and perhaps 125 miles west to east.

Bear Creek, with a 31 cubic feet per second (cfs) flow this time of year,


10 Things teens can do to prepare for a career in law enforcement

Written by Sheriff Jeff Schrader on .

The Sheriff's Office often receives inquiries from teens who want to know what they need to do - now and throughout their career in school - to put themselves in a good position to enter the law enforcement profession. It's heartening to know that there are young people out there who admire and aspire to be deputies, so we've prepared the below tips. In truth, we acknowledge that the future of law enforcement will largely depend on how well we do in cultivating and recruiting the next generation of deputies.

1. Work Hard at Academics

You don't necessarily have to be a straight-A student but you must get good grades in order to get into a good school, because agencies are increasingly looking for applicants with at least two-year (and preferably four-year) degrees. The JCSO prefers to hire with a minimum of two-years of college.

2. Keep Out of Trouble in School

Getting sent to the principal's office is not a good start to a law enforcement career. Be respectful of teachers and fellow students and set an example for your peers by modeling good behavior. Not only will this put you in very good stead with the teachers and administrators, but the self-esteem value of being "the good kid" is immeasurable.

3. Stay Out of Trouble After School

At the risk of overstating the obvious, being the subject of a police investigation is also not a good way to start a law enforcement career. Don't commit dopey acts - even completely legal ones - that would raise negative attention from law enforcement.

4. Volunteer in Your Community

Deputies are community servants, and people making hiring decisions at most agencies are looking for an individual's history of community service. If there's a municipal recreation center, senior citizens' center, or animal shelter, make time to do it. Not only does this kind of volunteer work look good on a resume, it has practical implications as well. The more often you have interpersonal contact with people in your community, the more you will learn about how to deal effectively with people.

5. Participate in Sports or Extracurricular Activities

First and foremost, sporting endeavors will help keep you in good physical condition, something that should become a lifelong habit for future deputies. Team activities are important for understanding how to work together with others, including others with whom you may not see eye-to-eye. Finally, individual sports prepare you to work things out on your own, something deputies do on a daily basis.

6. Participate in Scouting

Boy Scouts of America and Girl Scouts of the USA are wonderful training grounds for the would-be cop. Both impart on their members a great sense of duty to others, and both have merit-based systems which prepare kids for the way in which law enforcement operates.

7. Enroll in a Youth Academy

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office offers a week long Youth Academy each June for 14-20 year olds. This is a great way to get a sneak peek inside your local law enforcement agency. To learn more visit:

8. Intern with the Cadet Program

The Cadet Program at JCSO is designed to provide on-the-job paid training and serves as a student intern opportunity for high school graduates pursuing a career in law enforcement while attending college. To learn more visit:

9. Talk to Law Enforcement

If you have a School Resource Officer in your school, this should be one of the first people you approach to ask about what it's like to be in law enforcement. Beyond that, feel free to contact one of our recruiters. And don't forget - we are on social media from snapchat to Facebook and more! You might also follow the Recruit Academy Blog where our recruits chronicle their adventures in the law enforcement training academy.

10. Believe in yourself and don't give up!

The selection process to become a deputy is among the most rigorous there is for any career. You may have to apply to several academies in order to be selected. Above all else, remember that if at first you don't succeed, try again - harder, and with renewed commitment to achieve your goal of becoming one of America's finest.

Scholarship Opportunity

This award represents the Sheriff's Office's confidence in and respect for education and training. The County Sheriff's of Colorado Scholarship Award applications are due February 24 for the 2017/2018 academic year. Applications are available at


Sheriff's Office accepting applications for scholarship

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In alternating years, the sheriff's office awards one recipient a scholarship. The award represents the sheriff's office's confidence in and respect for education and training. The Sheriff's Office considers this an investment in the future and believes that we are helping to provide deserving students with an opportunity to make a positive contribution to society as a whole.

Permanent residents of Jefferson County who plan to enroll in a vocational training program or institution of higher learning in the state of Colorado as a full- or part-time student for the 2017-2018 school year are eligible.

Please apply by the February 24, 2017 deadline.

Applicants must be legal residents of the United States and eligible for admission or readmission to the school(s) or institution(s) of learning indicated in the application. The award will only be paid for attendance at certified schools or institutions of learning within the State of Colorado. Applicants must maintain good standing in their chosen program.

There shall be no restrictions as to the course of study or training pursued. No restrictions shall be placed by reason of race, creed, color, age, sex or national origin.

Applications must be obtained through the website: We will only consider applicants that apply using the CSOC Scholarship Application. Applicants submitting other forms will be disqualified.

All applications must be submitted to the Sheriff’s Office in the applicant’s county of permanent residence no later than February 24, 2017. For Jefferson County Sheriff's Office send c/o: Amber Luttrell, Community Relations, Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, 200 Jefferson County Parkway, Golden, CO 80401.

Applications received by your local Sheriff’s Office will be reviewed by a citizens committee selected by your local sheriff. Each county committee will select one scholarship recipient and two runners up.

The final selection process is to be completed in time to allow the award announcement by April 21, 2017. Awards will be presented to recipients by the sheriff in the county of the student's permanent residence as soon thereafter as possible.

All questions or inquiries regarding the CSOC scholarship program should be directed to the scholarship coordinator, Sharon Villanueva, at the CSOC office at 720-344-4618 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


The Sheriff wants to know: Do you recognize these faces?

Written by Sheriff Jeff Schrader on .

A great headline? An eye-catching photo? Or a compelling story? A combination of all three is likely what led our Facebook readers to offer information - ultimately solving many of these types of cases!

A year ago we launched a campaign to tackle JeffCo crime by posting surveillance images to social media alongside the title, "Do you recognize this person?" Pictured above are some of the suspects whom we are still seeking from 2016. Click the image for larger photos and additional details, and the ability to share on social media.

If you have any information we ask that you call the Sheriff's Office tip line at 303-271-5612. And don't forget to connect with the JCSO on social media for 2017 postings!


The power of crime prevention

Written by Sheriff Jeff Schrader on .

Did you know about two thirds of car "break-ins" in Jefferson County happen to cars left unlocked? Meaning there's no "break-in" at all.

As of the first of October, 634 car trespasses were reported in JeffCo. Of those, 66 percent were unforced. Clearly, criminals take the path of least resistance. Unfortunately, minor crimes like car trespasses often involve the theft of identifying materials like credit cards, licenses, or registrations - allowing thieves to commit much bigger identity theft crimes soon after.

Since criminals usually look for the lowest-hanging fruit, prevention methods are effective in keeping crime rates low. Yes, there will always be unpredictable and unpreventable crimes. But we know many of the crimes in our county can be prevented.

The Sheriff's Office has a dedicated team of certified crime prevention deputies whose sole purpose is to work with citizens to prevent crime. Through on-site visits, phone calls, special events, child safety activities, and other opportunities, these deputies share vital information with the public on how to keep crime at bay. Here are some ways you can take advantage of the services they provide.

Speaking Engagements

Our crime prevention team hits the road to speak at businesses, association meetings, service clubs and even scout meetings. They instruct bank employees on what to do in a robbery, construction companies on preventing copper theft, and school groups on responsible reporting. They are available to speak to your organization on a variety of public safety topics.

Special Events

Crime prevention deputies attend dozens of community events throughout the year, distributing literature on topics from nuisance dogs to sex offenders. They answer questions and share information about crime and quality-of-life issues in JeffCo. Some of the events where you'll find us include the County Fair and Festival; the Rhubarb Festival; Red, White and You; and the Sheriff's Safety Fair.

Home Security Surveys

One of the services that our team provides is an on-site security survey. A deputy will evaluate your house's strengths and weaknesses, including locks, lighting and landscaping. They then recommend changes that make the building more secure. The process takes about an hour and is also available to businesses and places of worship.

Neighborhood Watch

The crime prevention deputies administer the Neighborhood Watch program throughout the county. There are currently more than 30 active Neighborhood Watch groups in our county, whose vigilant residents work with law enforcement to identify, prevent, and solve crimes close to home.

National Night Out

National Night Out is a series of local celebrations held on the first Tuesday in August each year. NNO gives neighbors an opportunity to get together in a setting close to home. Of the many crime prevention strategies, communication among neighbors ranks among the most effective. NNO is also an opportunity for deputies to interact with residents in a positive, relaxed, and informal way.

Contact Us

Taking steps to help prevent crime in your neighborhood is a smart way to protect yourself and your family. But it's also an investment in your community and your quality of life. To learn more about crime prevention services, call 303-271-5807 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..