Community News


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,


A refresher on fireworks

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Any device that explodes or leaves the ground is most likely illegal in Colorado. Illegal fireworks include but are not limited to firecrackers, cherry bombs, bottle rockets, M-80’s and Roman candles. It is illegal to sell, use or possess non-permissible fireworks in unincorporated Jefferson County. Additionally, all fireworks are prohibited in Jeffco Open Space, Colorado State Parks, Denver Mountain Parks and Forest Service lands.

Colorado law defines permissible fireworks as any device that does not explode or leave the ground. Examples of permissible fireworks are cylindrical or cone fountains, sparklers, toy smoke devices, snakes and glow worms. Keep in mind; while permissible fireworks may seem harmless, they continue to account for many fireworks-related injuries each year.

To report illegal fireworks, residents may call the Jefferson County fireworks hotline at 303-271-8200.

Jefferson County deputies will strictly enforce illegal fireworks violations in the unincorporated areas of the county this coming holiday. Any person who violates the laws pertaining to the sale, possession and use of fireworks commits a class three misdemeanor and may face a fine of up to $750.

For more information on fireworks safety, visit our Web site at


Applications being accepted for Youth Academy at Sheriff's Dept.

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Those between the ages of 14 and 18 can get a sneak peek inside their local law enforcement agency during a week-long Citizen's Academy for youth. See how the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office operates.

The 2017 Youth Academy is Monday, June 12 thru Friday, June 16 from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm at the Sheriff's Office Headquarters in Golden.

Class topics and interactive activities may include:

  • SWAT
  • Jail Operations
  • DUI Simulation
  • K9
  • Crime Scene Investigations
  • Patrol Procedures

Interested parties should complete the application on the JCSO website: The application deadline is this weekend and seats are limited to 25 participants.

For more information about the Youth Academy, contact: Deputy Bruening This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 303-982-1982.


Sheriff asking for help with role playing

Written by Sheriff Jeff Schrader on .

A glimpse into our academy's playbook will reveal the most critical piece of its success - role players. We've used role playing for many years, there is no doubt that it is an effective teaching strategy. Scenario based training allows recruits to make mistakes and explore options and solutions in a non-threatening environment. And besides, it's fun for both the trainee and role player.

Beginning this summer, I am venturing to offer up the role playing opportunity to our citizens as a way to make a difference in your Sheriff's Office. Academy role players will be used to portray bank robbers, terrorists, crime victims, and witnesses. In varied scenarios they may carry weapons (simulated), engage in shout-outs with trainees and should be prepared to act in these types of scenarios:

  • Traffic stops
  • Domestic violence
  • Officer safety
  • Report writing
  • Suspect interview
  • Victim response
  • Active shooter
  • Hostage negotiation

Individuals willing to devote their time to the practical, real-life scenario training as role players are asked to submit their interest on Be sure to check out the other opportunities available on the website and share the Academy Role Player Flyer with anyone 18 years and older who may be interested in maintaining Jefferson County as a safe place to live, learn, work and play.

To take a peek inside the academy from the perspective of a recruit visit our Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and Lakewood Combined Regional Academy webpage.


Semi-annual Drug Take-Back Day set for the 29th

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Twice a year the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office joins law enforcement agencies nationwide to remove potentially dangerous controlled substances from our nation’s medicine cabinets. The Drug Take-Back Day provides an opportunity for the public to surrender expired, unwanted, or unused pharmaceutical controlled substances and other medications for destruction. These drugs are a potential source of supply for illegal use and an unacceptable risk to public health and safety.

This one-day effort is intended to bring national focus to the issue of increasing pharmaceutical controlled substance abuse.

  • The program is anonymous.
  • Prescription and over-the-counter solid dosage medications, (tablets and capsules) are accepted.
  • Intravenous solutions, injectables, needles and oxygen containers will not be accepted.
  • Illicit substances such as marijuana or methamphetamine are not a part of this initiative.
  • The prescriptions should be removed from the original containers and placed in a plastic bag prior to drop off.

The DEA typically holds the National Drug Take-Back events in the Spring and Fall of each year.

Join us Saturday, April 29, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for the next Drug Take Back Day!

The Sheriff's Office will accommodate collections at three sites in the county:

  • Sheriff's Office Headquarters (200 Jefferson County Parkway, Golden, CO)
  • Conifer High School (10441 Co. Rd. 73, Conifer, CO)
  • Dakota Ridge High School (13399 W. Coal Mine Ave., Littleton, CO)

A MedReturn Drug Collection Unit is available at the Jefferson Center for Mental Health south entrance on the second floor (9485 West Colfax Ave.) Monday - Friday from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. At this location unwanted, unused and expired household medications, including prescriptions and over-the-counter drugs are accepted. For more information call 303-432-5925.