Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office The Detail Newsletter

New ACSO Chief of Support Services Bob Stef serves donuts to his kids to raise money for charity.

New ACSO Support Services Bureau Chief Bob Stef brings passion for policing, balancing the books

Some things just don’t go together. Accounting and arresting. Calculations and criminals. W-2s and weapons. But those contradictions make Bob Stef the sheriff’s top choice for chief of the Support Services Bureau in the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office. Go figure.

“I’m a numbers guy and I love everything about balancing a budget and tax work. I also love police work,” said Bob Stef, ACSO Support Services Bureau Chief. “The combination challenges me.”

Bob gets to use his dual skills every day in the Support Services Bureau where he oversees budgeting and finance, dispatch, training, internal affairs, records, civil and warrants, accreditation, concealed carry permits and the radio systems.

As a young man, Bob’s love of numbers led him to earn a double major from Regis College in accounting and business administration. After graduation, he found himself working for a CPA, crunching data.“ I was pushing a pencil at that time and it was kind of boring work.”

Fate and a friend intervened. A retired captain from the Denver Police Department who was hired as a captain with the Sheriff’s Office encouraged Bob to try law enforcement. So he did. He started with the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office in 1980 working in the jail, then moved to the Englewood Police Department in late 1981 to go on patrol. In late 1991 when he was a detective with Englewood, he took a job with the Aurora Police Department, where he thought he would spend the rest of his career. And he nearly did.

Bob spent 26 years with the Aurora Police Department working in multiple assignments and ranks including Detective, Public Information Officer, Sergeant, Lieutenant and Captain. He was the commanding officer over the Major Investigations Section for 7 years which included the Homicide Unit. He was also the commanding officer over the Special Operations Bureau and when he retired in 2018, he was the Deputy Commander of the police department’s District 1 station. Bob is also very proud of his 2015 successful completion of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy, session 261.

Bob retired on January 5, 2018, but was hired the very next day to be executive director of the newly formed Aurora Police Foundation; a charity that provides training and equipment for officers. He helped raise thousands of dollars with events at places like Shipley’s Donuts. Then fate and a friend intervened again.

Just as a captain had once inspired Bob to get into law enforcement, he too had encouraged a young man named Tyler Brown to get into the profession. When Tyler was elected sheriff of Arapahoe County, he called on his former mentor to join the team. Bob couldn’t say no.

“I took the job to be able to work for someone I greatly admire, and to lead the best people on earth,” said Bob. “It’s not every day that a person can make a complete circle, starting and ending their career with the same organization after working for two others.”

Even wearing a uniform, Bob hasn’t let go of his other passion. He’s a registered tax return preparer and a certified tax fraud examiner. He also has 37 years of law enforcement under his belt, and makes every day…count.

“We deal with people 90% of the time on one of the worst days of their lives. If I can bring a sliver of comfort on that day, I’ve done my job. That’s why I do this.” said Bob. “Plus I get to drive a really cool car with lights and a siren!”

Captain of Patrol, he is

The (police) force is with new Captain Dan Joyce, nicknamed Yoda for his experience and love of Star Wars

Always pass on what you have learned.

Wise words from Yoda and minded by the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office new Patrol Services Captain, Dan Joyce. Two months ago, Dan moved his family to Colorado from Arizona, where he served in the Goodyear Police Department. That’s when the sheriff called and asked Dan to join his command staff. He now leads six patrol teams, the field training program, and crime analysts.

“The chance to work with someone like Tyler who I know and respect, and to make changes and improvements for the men and women on the line was too good to pass up,” said Dan Joyce, who’s served in law enforcement for 19 years.

Do. Or do not. There is no try.” - Yoda

Dan’s new office is decorated with a replica of his police vehicle from his former department, models of other police cars, elaborate Legos Star Wars starfighters and gunships, and figures of the legendary Jedi Master Yoda. A big fan, he is. Dan admits he’s seen the original Star Wars movie about 100 times.

Dan has a bar in the basement of his home that’s named ‘Dagobar’ and decorated after the planet where Yoda died. That’s ‘DagoBah’ for you Star Wars fans. The license plates on his car read ‘Yoda YZ’, (Yoda wise.) And over time, he’s earned the nickname from his colleagues. That’s partly because he loves the character he calls “wise, and in touch with the force,” and partly because Dan has embodied the same traits in high-stress, life-saving situations. Despite the nickname, Dan’s favorite Star Wars hero is actually Obi-Wan Kenobi. “He’s defeated Darth Vadar twice!” says Dan. “He’s the ultimate good guy.”

A long time ago, in a galaxy far away…

Dan’s career in law enforcement began with the Northglenn Police Department in 2000. He worked his way up from a patrol officer to master police officer/acting sergeant to an undercover narcotics detective embedded with the North Metro Drug Task Force and the Drug Enforcement Agency. While at Northglenn, he met rookie Tyler Brown, not knowing the friendship would one day bring them together in command. In 2011, Dan took a job with the Goodyear Police Department in Arizona and served there until late last year. So moving back to Colorado was actually coming home for him and his wife and kids. He’s glad to be back, doing what he loves.

I love everything about law enforcement. The old cliché of wanting to help people is true. While the job can be somber at times, for the most part, it’s an adventure every day,” said the captain. “Wearing a badge is like having a ticket to the greatest show on earth.”

Video visit an inmate in the Arapahoe County jail from anywhere

New app saves people time and money when they visit with incarcerated family and friends

Visiting an inmate in the Arapahoe County Detention facility just got easier. Instead of driving to the facility to speak to your friend or loved one through a video kiosk, you can now visit with them from virtually anywhere with internet access and a free app. See how it works. The Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office began using Anywhere Visit social media technology by Securus Technologies on March 5 to save visitors time and money.

“A friend or family member who wants to visit their loved one will no longer have to come to the visitation center at the facility to do that. This will save them time driving to the facility and potentially avoid child care issues,” said Bureau Chief Vince Line. “It will allow everyone to connect more often with inmates. It will also allow family and friends to visit who otherwise cannot get to the facility due to their location in the world, or perhaps due to health issues or disabilities that would prevent them from coming in person.”

Using this technology is easy. 30 minute visits can be scheduled any day from 6:00 a.m. to 10 p.m. The Securus app is free.

While the app is free to download, it costs $8.99 for people to visit remotely for 30 minutes with an inmate. 27% of the fee goes to the vendor for providing the service and the other 73% goes into a fund that supports inmate programs. Just as the visits that take place at the facility, the remote visits are subject to monitoring and recording.

People can still visit inmates for free at the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office Detention Facility on Wednesdays from 6:30 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. and on Sundays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The ACSO's new Anywhere Visit app lets you visit inmates from anywhere

Blink! Blink! Use that turn signal!

Have you ever been driving behind someone, then all of a sudden they abruptly slow down and turn? You might think, “Gee that would have been nice to know you were turning.”

It’s called a turn signal.

Every vehicle is equipped with a turn signal lever attached to the left side of the steering column just a small hand adjustment away. Movement of this lever causes lights outside on the front and rear of your vehicle to blink on either the right or left side of your vehicle. Keep reading to see how to make this happen.

Push the lever DOWN to show other drivers you’re changing lanes to the left or are turning left. Push the lever UP when you’re changing lanes to the right or making a right turn.

Keep it on

If you are making that lane change or turning a corner on any non-highway roads, you must make those lights blink for a minimum of 100 feet and be sure it is safe before you change that lane or turn that corner.

On highways where the speed limit is 40 MPH or faster, you have to have your blinker on for a minimum of 200 feet before changing lanes or turning a corner. Again, please check first to make sure it is safe to turn.

If you fail to make those lights blink, you can draw the attention of your friendly neighborhood police officer, sheriff’s deputy or state trooper. They may turn on their pretty red and blue flashing lights and pull you over. They may give you a ticket for two points off your driver’s license and a starting fine of $75.00.

All kidding aside, using your turn signals can prevent an accident and property damage or personal injury to you or other drivers as well as road rage.

Using your turn signal is not a courtesy, IT’S THE LAW!

Investigator Joni Tangeman uses the OurPact app to keep an eye on her daughter's social media.

Advice from an Arapahoe County Sheriff’s mom

A tool for you to monitor your kids’ social media

Investigator Joni Tangeman has found a new tool to help monitor her 14-year-old daughter’s social media that gives the mom peace of mind while she’s solving crimes at work. The phone app is called ‘OurPact’. Her daughter’s teachers recommended it, and she thinks all parents should use it.

“As a police officer, I know what kind of bad things happen out there,” said Investigator Tangeman. “This app allows me to control the amount of time my daughter is on her phone and which apps she can download and use.”

OurPact allows parents to block texts and apps, like Facebook, Snapchat, music and YouTube, at any time with a push of a button. Those apps then vanish from their child’s screen, wherever they are. Parents can also schedule times to block or allow the apps and texts. According to the website, the app can also show you where the child is (with their phone), and will send out instant location alerts. OurPact will also show you which new apps your child has downloaded.

If you just use OurPact occasionally, it’s free. However, frequent usage will cost anywhere from $1.99 a month to $6.99 a month.

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