Community Information

Community Programs

In keeping with our philosophy of assisting the community in our mutual pursuit of a peaceful, safe, and healthy environment, the Pitkin County Sheriff's Office offers several community programs.

  • Preparedness Information
  • Avalanche Updates
  • River Run-Off
  • Fire Danger
  • Living With Bears
  • Highway 82 Construction             
  • Aspen Weather
  • Jail Inmate Information

Call the crime prevention specialists at 970-920-5300 (Pitkin County Sheriff's Office) for more information.

Tipsy Taxi

Aspen's Tipsy Taxi keeps all of us - locals and visitors - safer from the devastation caused by drunk drivers by offering a free ride home to anyone with no other way to avoid driving drunk. The program operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and in its 40 years of continual operation, it has given more than 20,000 safe rides home. Since the inception of Tipsy Taxi in 1983, deaths caused by drunk drivers have gone down and stayed down!

The Pitkin County Sheriff's Office administers Tipsy Taxi and provides services to our community through a cooperative working relationship with the Aspen Police Department and the hospitality industry. The program enjoys enormous support, as shown by all the donations from every segment of the community. Anyone needing a Tipsy Taxi can get a voucher for a free safe ride home from any bartender or peace officer.

Aspen's Tipsy Taxi has served as a model for similar programs throughout the United States and Europe. For more information, contact Ellen Anderson at 970-618-1515, or email Ellen Anderson.

Bicycle, Ski & Snowboard Registration

To help deter the potential bike thief, you can register your bicycle, skis, or snowboard with the Aspen Police Department. You will be given a sticker to affix to it, and your information will be entered into a national crime information system. If your bicycle, skis, or snowboard is stolen, this information will be distributed nationwide, making a recovery more likely. Call the Aspen Police Department at 970-920-5400 for more information.

Neighborhood Watch

People caring about each other is one of the characteristics of a healthy community. If neighbors agree that setting up a Neighborhood Watch will enhance their community, the Pitkin County Sheriff's Office would like to help. Call us at 970-920-5300, and our crime prevention specialist will attend a neighborhood meeting to get your Neighborhood Watch started.

Vacation Home Checks

While residents are on vacation, deputies will keep an eye on their homes in Pitkin County. Vacation Home Checks can be arranged by completing this form. We will need to know information such as the

  • Exact street location of your home
  • Names of emergency contacts
  • Who (if anyone) will be authorized by you to be in your home during your absence
  • Location of your night light, and so forth

Then, as time permits, deputies will check on your home while you are away. We will call you on your scheduled return date to confirm that you are back home.

Although no amount of crime prevention can guarantee that a burglar will not strike, we believe that this extra patrol will deter the potential criminal. Call 970-920-5300 to set up a Vacation Home Check in Pitkin County.

Home & Business Security Evaluations

If you own a home or business, Deputies with the Pitkin County Sheriff's office would be glad to review your building with you and suggest increased security. Sometimes simple, inexpensive changes can greatly decrease the incidence of shoplifting at a business or the likelihood that a burglar will strike a home or business. Call us at 970-920-5300 to set up an appointment with a crime prevention specialist.