Blizzards, tornadoes, dam failures. We're ready.
On January 30, 2020, Arapahoe County held a grand opening for its first full-time Emergency Operations Center (EOC). This is where officials will gather to monitor and exchange information to respond to and recover from disasters. In quieter times, officials will prepare to manage emergencies there.
Please take our three-question survey below and let us know what dangers concern you most. We’ll include your comments in our updated Hazard Mitigation Plan. Together, we'll protect our community.
Arapahoe County is updating its Hazard Mitigation Plan to assess natural and human-caused hazards that may affect you like cyber attacks, floods and wildfires. The goal is to save lives and property when disasters strike. Actions we take today will help reduce the risk for a natural hazard for 30 years.
We may be living longer, but not necessarily better. According to studies, 29% of seniors in the United States live alone. Older adults who live alone are more likely to be poor, lonely and socially isolated. That’s why the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office has started Senior Check In. We want adults in Arapahoe County to know that someone cares. It also offers some peace of mind for family members living out of the area.
“This program creates connections and makes our world stronger. I have been calling my senior for three years now, and we have lunch on a regular basis! She is a great friend and confidant that I treasure. It is our hope that through this program more of these relationships with bloom and cultivate exactly what Arapahoe County strives for in ‘an emphasis on community spirit,’” said Lea Harms, Communications Supervisor at the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office.
Seniors who join the check-in program will receive a weekly call by a volunteer. The volunteer will ask about their well-being and make sure they’re doing OK. If there is no answer, the volunteer will call again until they make contact with the senior. If there is no response, the volunteer will contact the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office. We will call the senior’s emergency contacts and will dispatch a deputy to conduct a wellness check.
To qualify to be in the program, the person must be 60 years or older, live alone (not in a nursing home or an assisted living facility,) and not have any relatives nearby. The senior must also live in the city of Centennial, the towns of Foxfield, Bennett (the Arapahoe County section) or Deer Trail or in the unincorporated areas of Arapahoe County.
To join the program yourself or enter a senior in the program, apply here. We’re also looking for volunteers to make weekly check-in calls. Apply to volunteer. Learn more. For questions, please call 303-795-4711 or email us at Seniorcheckin@arapahoegov.com
ACSO CELEBRATES BLACK HISTORY MONTH
Henry Wagoner was our first African-American sheriff's deputy
"We keep these memories alive to remind us of their legacy," says Patrol Special Operations Captain Ken McKlem.
The history of the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office is as rich as its soil. Founded in 1858 as part of the Kansas Territory, the ACSO became the first sheriff’s office in Colorado. E.W. Wynkoop was appointed the first Arapahoe County sheriff. Our very own history buff Captain Ken McKlem has kept alive the spirit of many former deputies by memorializing them on the walls of the sheriff's office.
In 1880, Henry Oscar Wagoner became our first African-American sheriff's deputy -- and some say the first black lawman in Colorado. Later that same year, the Denver Police Department appointed its first African American officer, following in Arapahoe County’s footsteps. It was Wagoner’s advocacy for African-Americans that helped push for the change.
Deputy Henry Wagoner was born on February 27, 1816 and died of natural causes on January 27, 1901. Wagoner was a civil rights pioneer in Chicago and Denver, worked on a farm to free slaves in the Underground Railroads, was the first clerk of the Colorado legislature in 1876, and was a typesetter and journalist for anti-slavery newspapers before slavery ended in Chicago. Wagoner was well-established before being appointed deputy sheriff in 1880.
"It's important to let people know what our history is all about so future deputies can look back and remember that it's not only about us, but it’s about all who have served," says McKlem.
In September 2019, we were honored to bestow the Meritorious Service Medal posthumously to former deputy Henry Wagoner at the ACSO's awards ceremony.
DISPATCHERS TEACH KIDS HOW TO USE 911
First graders at Trails West Elementary School in Centennial got some hands-on experience by our 911 dispatchers on what an emergency really is and how to make the call.
"Teaching these kids how to use 911 in an emergency is one of the most important lessons they'll learn," says Nate Treusch, ACSO Communications Supervisor.
The Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office 911 education program started in 2012 but this is the first time they were doing outreach and educating kids in the schools.
"You're never too young to learn how to dial 911 we want to make sure the kids know they can contact first responders if there's an emergency," says Treusch.
The dispatchers' lesson focused on teaching the six and seven-year-old students about what an emergency is and what to tell dispatchers when they call.
Bottom line: teach your kids their phone number and their address and hammer that home. It's the most important information they can have when they're young.
Can you help solve this cold case?
Marilee Ruth Burt, 15
On a chilly winter evening, February 26, 1970, 15-year-old Marilee Burt finished cheerleading at a basketball game at Goddard Middle School. Her home in Columbine Valley was a short distance away, so when her ride did not show up, Marilee began walking. Despite several witnesses seeing Marilee walk a route that included Berry Drive, Bowles Avenue and Middlefield Road, she never made it home.
Marilee was last seen talking to someone in a vehicle that had stopped on South Middlefield Road. Her family began a frantic search and reported Marilee as missing to the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office. Authorities immediately began canvassing the area, but she was not found that evening. The search continued into the next day and ended tragically around noon. A Jefferson County road crew discovered Marilee’s nude body in Deer Creek Canyon, southwest from where she was last seen. It was determined that Marilee had been strangled and raped, but no solid suspect leads developed and the case went cold.
During a 1998 review of the case, evidence collected in 1970 was submitted for DNA analysis and yielded a full donor profile. This, in turn, allowed for the elimination of a long list of possible suspects. Currently, the Cold Case Team is utilizing this new genetic profile in an attempt to identify Marilee’s killer. If you have any information regarding this case, please contact the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office at 303-795-4711.
COFFEE WITH A COP
8:00 - 10:00 AM
Join us for a free cup of coffee this month as our deputies gather with the community to discuss issues, learn more about each other and build relationships.
Our mission? To break down the barriers between our deputies and the citizens we serve.
21900 E. QUINCY AVE.
AURORA, CO 80015
For questions call Deputy Natasha Romero at 720.874.4095 or email@example.com
JOIN OUR CITIZENS' ACADEMY
Get a behind-the-scenes look at the sheriff's office
We are now accepting applications for our Adult Citizens' Academy. The five-week academy takes place March 31 - April 28, 2020. The class is limited to 25 people and is first come, first served.