Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office The Detail Newsletter - September 2019

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Cyber detective named top forensic examiner in nation 3rd year in a row

ACSO Investigator Mike Garnsey finds digital clues to solve cases

Cybercrime is expected to cost $6 trillion a year by 2021, which is why the need has never been greater for cyber detectives like Michael Garnsey. And he’s one of the best. The Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Investigator was just named the Top Computer Forensic Examiner in the nation for the third year in a row by the U.S. Secret Service National Computer Forensic Institute. The Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office has also awarded Garnsey the Meritorious Service Medal.

It’s a fulfilling mission. Frequently we’re arresting people who would be molesting children or people who would have potentially gotten away with killing somebody,” said ACSO Investigator Michael Garnsey.

The forensic examiner has been trained and outfitted with high-tech equipment by the U.S. Secret Service. In return, the investigator helps local, state and federal agencies solve crimes as part of the Electronic Crimes Task Force Denver Division, by digging into technology. He examines cell phones, skimmers, tablets, computers and any other device suspected of having evidence of crimes. He’s been known to crack the toughest passwords in a few days.

Garnsey says most people don’t realize their devices can store location data and even health information. That evidence can help prove a person’s guilt or innocence.

We interview people all the time, but it’s often that one piece of digital evidence that changes it from a ‘he-said, she-said’ to a ‘he-said’ and there’s independent digital evidence that backs up his version of the events, or we have digital evidence that proves that event couldn’t have happened.” said Garnsey.

Garnsey has helped multiple agencies crack cases including the Colorado Department of Corrections, the FBI’s Rocky Mountain Safe Street’s Task Force, the Denver District Attorney’s Office, Littleton, Pueblo and Parker Police and more.

Our informal policy is that we don’t turn anybody away. If it’s an important case and you need help, we’re going to help you,” said Garnsey.

He says the Electronic Crimes Task Force purposely stays small and nimble. That allows them to act quickly when time is of the essence. If he’s investigating a case of child molestation, electronic devices can’t sit on the shelf for six months waiting to be processed. That would mean the child would be vulnerable for that much longer. “That’s not OK with me,” Garnsey said.

All investigations involve collecting evidence in different ways. Garnsey hopes his digital forensic examinations have proved to be—and will continue to be a critical piece of the puzzle that helps solve cases.

Arapahoe County Crime Fighters now Fighting Cancer

'Blue Backs the Pink' partners with Denver7

The Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office has arrested some notorious criminals, but now it’s going after another killer -- cancer! The sheriff’s office and Littleton Adventist Hospital are partnering with KMGH Denver7 to fight prostate and breast cancer in Colorado. Starting September 1, the sheriff’s office is launching the Blue Backs the Pink project to raise money for cancer patients throughout the state who can’t afford treatment.

During September, which is Prostate Cancer Awareness month, and October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness month, the sheriff’s office is selling pink and blue sheriff's patches, pins, hats, challenge coins and more. All the money raised goes to screen, image and treat underserved prostate and breast cancer patients at Littleton Adventist Hospital.

Watch Denver7 during September and October for exclusive stories on prostate and breast cancer, including our Undersheriff Mark Nicastle who fought prostate cancer five years ago and won the battle.

Blue Patch Photo Contest!

Enter to WIN!!!

Send us a fun, wacky photo and WIN!!! The Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office is holding a 'Blue Patch Photo Contest' in September for National Prostate Cancer Awareness month.

Just buy any BLUE item (such as patches, pins or hats) at www.bluebacksthepink.com, wear it, snap a photo, and send it to us through a Facebook message or email it to SheriffPIO@Arapahoegov.com.

The winner gets to choose a) An exclusive tour of the sheriff's office for you and your family; b) A live K-9 Unit demo; or c) A live SWAT Team demo and BearCat ride.

100% of the proceeds will pay for diagnostics and treatments for underserved patients with prostate cancer at Littleton Adventist Hospital. Please help our local cancer patients by participating in the contest!


(The winner(s) will be chosen on September 26, 2019.)

Arapahoe County voters will decide whether to finance new jail

The Arapahoe County Board of County Commissioners on August 27 unanimously agreed to place an issue on the November ballot that will ask voters whether to raise property taxes to pay for a new jail.

Sheriff Tyler Brown was one of several speakers who campaigned for the new facility. He made it a priority since his election in November.

The measure seeks a property tax increase of 3.4 mills beginning in 2020, of which 1.1 mills would sunset in 2052 after completion of capital construction debt payments. The remaining mill levy would continue to fund ongoing operations and maintenance expenditures. The funding would be used to construct a new jail and expand programming for mental health, substance abuse, education, on-the-job, and life skills training. You can read more about the specifics of the measure and the resolution online.

Our SROs: Protecting your kids in school

Students in Arapahoe County started school last month and so did our School Resource Officers (SRO). Meet Deputy John Gray, the SRO at Thunder Ridge Middle School in Aurora.

At Newton Middle School, our SROs have taught every administrator and teacher how to stop the bleed with tourniquets. “With the current climate that we have right now with the shootings, it’s sad to think about but it’s certainly a possibility,” said Deputy Rob Dahlberg with the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office, the school resource officer at Newton. “The techniques, the concepts are pretty simple that anyone can do so I’m glad to see that expand further.”

Shop with A Cop

Kudos to the law enforcement officers making a difference in our community. This year's "Shop With A Cop - Back to School" was a huge success. Kids who can't afford school supplies were paired with deputies to shop at Walmart for much need clothing and school supplies. The program helps us support the community and strengthens the bond between law and children.

Sheriff Tyler Brown buys school supplies for a student in Arapahoe County

The toughest competitor alive! Deputies return from law enforcement Olympics in China

Arapahoe County deputies Mateo Montoya-Collis and Lewis 'Bill' Litwiler have wrapped up competition at the World Police and Fire Games in Chengdu, China. They represented Colorado and the U.S.A. 40,000 law enforcement officers from 80 different countries competed in 55 different sports. Deputy Litwiler brought home the silver medal in the "Toughest Competitor Alive" competition and the decathlon. Deputy Montoya-Collis got injured and did not win a medal, but took part in several track events including the 100-meter, 200-meter, Long Jump, Shot Toss, 4×100 meter relay and 4×400 meter relay. The World Police and Fire Games are considered to be the Olympics of the law enforcement industry.

ACSO Deputy Lewis 'Bill' Litwiler

National Night Out: Nice to meet 'ya!

ACSO trains for an active shooter

The Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office, the Adams County Sheriff's Office, Colorado State Patrol and fire departments from Deer Trail to Sable Altura trained to disarm an active shooter at Deer Trail School on August 7. The focus of the exercise was to increase multi-jurisdictional communication and response to critical incidents along the I-70 corridor. The exercise included a scenario where a teenage gunman fired into a classroom wounding several students and killing one. The acting gunman was taken into custody. See more photos of the exercise in the I-70 Scout and Eastern Colorado News.

Law enforcement prepare for unpredictable shooters in schools

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