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,


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.


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