DEPUTY GOES BALD TO SUPPORT 8-YEAR-OLD CANCER SURVIVOR
"I have two daughters and I couldn't imagine either one of them going through something like this. It just pulls at my heartstrings," says School Resource Officer Dan Tipton.
The story began in late March, when Deputy Dan Tipton was asked by a parent how to obtain a permit for Grey's parade, an event put on by students at Arapahoe High School to raise money for 8-year-old Grey Gionnotti, who is battling cancer.
Deputy Tipton knew right away he wanted to do more than just help with a permit. So he rallied a group of deputies and firefighters to escort the parade through the streets of Littleton in hopes of making the day extra special for Grey and her family.
The parade kicked off "Warrior Week," a charity fundraising event put on by students at Arapahoe High, where Tipton works as an SRO. This year, students chose Grey and the Make-A-Wish Foundation, to raise money to send her to Disney World.
Deputy Tipton offered a challenge: if the students could raise $15,000 by April 12 , he'd shave his head in the lunchroom.
Let's just say... he never had a chance.
"Our goal as school resource officers is to be a part of this community and build rapport with the kids. Plus, whatever I can do to help Grey get to Disney World and see those princesses, I'm going to do," says Deputy Tipton.
In the end, more than $24,000 was raised and students say they couldn't be more proud to be a Warrior!
Read the story in the Denver Gazette.
ACSO DEPUTY FROM UKRAINE MAKES INTERNATIONAL NEWS
When Olha Orlova immigrated to the U.S. five years ago from a small town outside Kiev, Ukraine she had no idea what to expect in this country. She had just won the green card lottery and within weeks was on a plane to Colorado with her young daughter. Orlova didn't speak a word of English.
"I moved to the U.S. with nothing -- no money and no family or friends. But I knew life would be better here because in my country, I didn't even have food some days. My family was starving and it was hard to survive," says Orlova.
Orlova learned English quickly and within months got a job at the Summit County Sheriff's Office where she worked for three years as a deputy sheriff.
In September 2020, Orlova took a job with Arapahoe County. She says she couldn't be more grateful for the opportunities given to her.
"For the first time in my life I have a savings account. I also own a condo now and I can buy food for me and my daughter. This is truly the American dream," says Deputy Orlova
At a recent church service one Sunday, Olha met a producer for Voice of America who was so impressed with her story, she wanted to share it with viewers.
"It's not often Ukrainian women want to become cops. When most of them immigrate to the U.S. they want to go to Hollywood and become an actress, " says Svitlana Prystynska, VOA producer, "that's why we loved her story so much."
Olha's story recently aired on television in the Ukraine. It's a story of her life in that country, how she landed in Colorado and why she decided to work in law enforcement.
"I love to help people and serve others and I hope more Ukrainian women follow their dreams and goals because this was mine and I love what I do," says Deputy Orlova.
Watch Deputy Orlova's story below. While it is in Ukrainian (and there are no subtitles), you'll get the idea!
Sheriff's Office experiencing a growing demand for concealed handgun permits
The Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office is experiencing a higher than normal demand for obtaining concealed handgun permits. On average, we have 50-60 people waiting in line before our doors open each day. The demand exceeds our normal staffing levels and the ability to process the requests in a timely manner.
Presently, we complete 100-120 applications per week. While we work towards a solution to increase our staffing, we just ask you to please exercise patience if you plan to get a permit. Please have all the necessary documents completed and present during your scheduled time to be processed. Click below for more information.
Watch the Channel 7 story below.
Read HERE and about how other large Colorado counties are also seeing a spike in the demand for concealed weapons permits.
The Polar Plunge at the Aurora Reservoir took place on April 17 and was a blast, but boy was it COLD! Our team raised $3,000 for Special Olympics Colorado and the event as a whole raised more than $130,000. It was the largest Polar Plunge to date with the most money raised and we were so honored to be a part of it. And yes, that's Sheriff Tyler Brown darting in the water in his blue shorts!
DRUG TAKE BACK DAY
National Drug Take Back Day was a huge success in Arapahoe County. We had three different locations where citizens could drop off their old, expired and unused prescription drugs.
In total, we collected nearly 1,400 pounds! Thank you to all our citizens who safely disposed of their medications.
TEENS! WANT AN EXCELLENT ADVENTURE THIS SUMMER?
Be a part of our Youth Academy
June 1-4, 2021
Watch the bomb squad do their jobs, meet our K-9s, SWAT team, and more! You'll visit our crime lab, go to the shooting range to learn firearm safety and arrest control. Attend the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office Youth Academy for teens 14-18 years old. It runs from June 1-4 and it's FREE! Learn more HERE or contact Sgt. Matt Cleveland at 720.874.3746 or email@example.com.
ST. BALDRICK'S DAY SHAVE-A-THON
June 13, 2021
Be a hero for kids with cancer. Join our team, the ACSO Baldies!
Members of the sheriff's office are shaving their heads on June 13 to raise money for childhood cancer research. Did you know that kids' cancers are different from adult cancers? It's true. And childhood cancer research is extremely underfunded. So we decided to do something about it by raising money for cures.
Come join us at Welcome Home Brewery, located at 19523 Hess Rd., #103 in Parker on June 13 from 1-4pm. You can watch the head shaving event, see our new bomb truck, meet our SWAT team, K-9's, mounted patrol unit and more.
Join our team, the ACSO Baldies or make a small donation. Every dollar counts for the infants, children, teens, and young adults fighting cancer.