The Sheriff of Pitkin County employs 25 sworn Peace Officers dedicated to the patrol function of a geographic area that is approximately 1,000 square miles, or roughly the size of the State of Rhode Island. Much of it is mountainous and contiguous with National Forest and Wilderness lands.
Deputies perform the universal law enforcement functions such as:
Pro-active neighborhood patrol
Response to crimes in progress
Initial investigation of crime scenes
Response to mass casualty accidents
Additional responsibilities with a Colorado mountain flair such as:
Search and rescue
Response to snow emergencies, avalanches/landslides, floods, river accidents, and mining accidents
These services round out a varied, challenging, and rewarding employment.
Blessed with a relatively peaceful community, crimes of violence receive special attention when they do occur.
Sheriff's Deputies are trained initially at one of the state law enforcement training academies and receive certification as a Colorado Peace Officer. Patrol Deputies are also trained in American Heart Association CPR and First Aid. All Deputies are well versed in the Incident Command System and have various levels of training and specialized certifications.