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

The Blue Backs the Pink!

For the second year in a row, the ACSO is supporting the fight against cancer. In September, our employees will proudly wear wear blue patches and other blue items to show men fighting prostrate cancer they're not alone. Then, we'll wear pink in October to support breast cancer patients. You can help!

When you buy a pink or blue item, the money goes to screen, image and treat underserved patients at Littleton Adventist Hospital. Last year, we presented the hospital with a $2,500 check. This year, we hope to raise a whole lot more. Please help us by buying a pink or blue item at www.BluebacksthePink.com. Thank you!

Get yours today at www.BlueBacksthePink.com

Don't try to outrun this cop

If you're a bad guy, don't even think about trying to outrun ACSO Deputy Mateo Montoya-Collis. Trust us when we say he's faster than you. He's so fast, Montoya-Collis has won gold, silver and bronze medals at World Police and Fire Games and national championships. For the last year, he's been racing and training with other Olympic hopefuls to win more gold.

The deputy just landed in China to participate in the 2019 World Police and Fire Games on August 8, 2019. He'll be one of 40,000 law enforcement officers and firefighters from 80 countries competing in 55 different sports. We'll let you know how he does.

Watch the news story about what motivates him to run and protect our community.

Oldest law enforcement agency in Colorado

There was a time when deputies used tin can lids to make badges, they worked for 'reward' money, and were likely to die in office.

In the mid 1800's, justice was sure and swift. Three penalties were considered: 39 lashes, banishment with the threat of severe punishment if seen again and execution for the most serious of offenses, e.g., murder, horse theft or theft of a miner’s gold dust. It was not uncommon for an execution to take place the same day, usually by hanging.

Rules for peace officers

In the late 1800s, these were the rules for peace officers:

"Never hit a prisoner over the head with your pistol, because you may need to use your weapon afterwards and find it disabled."

"When you attempt to make an arrest, be on your guard. Give your man no opportunity to draw a pistol. If the man is supposed to be a desperado, have your pistol in your hand or be ready to draw when you make yourself known. If he makes no resistance there will be no harm done by your precaution. My motto has always been 'It is better to kill two men than to allow one to kill you.'”

"After your prisoner is arrested and disarmed, treat him as a prisoner should be treated – as kindly as his conduct will permit."

"Never trust much to the honor of prisoners. Give them no liberties which might endanger your own safety or afford them an opportunity to escape. Nine out of ten of them have no honor."

Read more about the history of the sheriff's office on our new history web pages.

Sheriff K-9s receive $20K donation

Thank you Back the Blue K-9 Force for your $20,500 donation for the purchase of our three newest K-9s: Mako, Zero and Nuke, who will sniff out illegal drugs, bomb-making material and of course, take down the bad guys! The donations will also be used to purchase protective gear and take care of the canines' medical needs.

Back the Blue K-9 Force held fundraising events at Chick-fil-A, Culvers, CoBank, Colonna's Pizza, Parry's Pizza and the Prevail Group. A big thanks to those businesses. We appreciate your support.

“Together, we’re making people aware there’s a need to step up and help the ACSO’s four-legged partners. The safer the dogs are, the safer they can keep their human partners,” said Diane Lewis, BTBK9.
On July 17, 2019, Back the Blue K-9 Force donated $20,500 to the K-9 Unit at the ACSO.

Boy scout's 'scent wall' trains K-9s.

18-year old Eagle Scout, Aiden Smynious, designed and created a 'scent wall' for our K-9s as part of a Boy Scout project. It works by hiding drugs or bomb-making materials in one of the many holes within the board. The K-9s need to sniff out, and alert their handler by sitting down, that they've found the material.

Aiden is studying criminal justice and wants to be a law enforcement officer. Maybe his first partner will be four-legged. See video of 'Arrow' using Aiden's scent wall below.

Law Enforcement Training Academy

The Highlands Ranch Law Enforcement Training Academy prepares cadets in the most professional manner for a successful career in law enforcement. The cadet training is conducted in an environment of regimented self-discipline, emphasizing professionalism, courtesy, integrity and respect. The goal? To promote and encourage an atmosphere that fosters an attitude of confident yet humble public service.

The photos below are from Class 9, which is currently spending 21 weeks at the training academy - 38 cadets from 8 different agencies, including the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office, Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Castle Rock Police Department, Northglenn Police Department, Summit County Sheriff's Office, Lake County Sheriff's Office, Lone Tree Police Department, Greenwood Village Police Department. When finished, they will become Colorado P.O.S.T. certified as peace officers.

If you'd like to apply for a position as a deputy with the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office, click HERE.

Class 9 of the Highlands Ranch Law Enforcement Training Academy


National Night Out

August 6, 2019

National Night Out is an annual community event that promotes police-community partnerships to make our neighborhoods safer. It also enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement and brings them together under positive circumstances.

This year, National Night Out takes place on August 6, 2019. Arapahoe County sheriff's deputies will be attending seven different community events throughout the evening, bringing K-9 demos, patrol vehicles, SWAT and Bomb trucks, and agency members who are at the ready to answer your questions!

For a list of locations and times, visit our website calendar.

Western Welcome Week

August 17, 2019

Come join the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office at the Western Welcome Week Grand Parade on August 17 from 9:00 a.m. - Noon in Downtown Littleton.

Sheriff Tyler Brown will be riding in our SWAT vehicle, the BearCat. We'll also have our Honor Guard there, plus our Bomb Squad, MARS Vehicle, Command Post, motorcycles and much more. We hope to see you there!

Open House & Pancake Breakfast

August 24, 2019

Join us for a FREE Open House and Pancake Breakfast at the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office & Coroner's Facility on August 24 from 7:00 a.m. - Noon. We'll give history tours of our sheriff's office and tours of our coroner's facility. You'll see live K-9 demonstrations and we'll have our BearCat (SWAT vehicle) and our MARS vehicle on display too. It's a great family event and a great way to learn about everything we do to protect YOU! We hope to see you there.

Citizens' Academy

Sheriff's Office

The Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office Citizens' Academy for adults provides a behind-the-scenes look at the sheriff's office. It's an exciting and unique opportunity to be a part of. Building on the principles of Community Oriented Policing, Partnerships and Problem Solving, the Sheriff’s Office began conducting these academies in 1995. Today we provide these informative academies for citizens and teens.

We are now taking applications for the Fall Academy, which takes place September 3 through October 1, 2019. It is for adults 21 and older. Apply today because seating is limited and it's first come-first served.

The five-week academy is held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and includes two Saturday classes. Food is provided during each class.

All applications are subject to a criminal background check. If you have any questions regarding the application process please call Deputy Jason Presley at 720-874-3695.

Citizens' Academy video

Citizens' Academy

at the District Attorney's Office

18th Judicial District Attorney George Brauchler also holds a Citizens' Academy. It's a free, seven-week course on Wednesday evenings from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The next class is September 11 - October 23. Classes are held at the D.A.'s Arapahoe County office, 6450 South Revere Parkway in Centennial.

Each class explores the role of various members of the office in different parts of the criminal justice system. The academy will give students an in-depth look at what happens on a case between the time of arrest and post-conviction.

District Attorney George Brauchler addresses the participants the first night. Attendees will explore the different functions of the specialized units within the District Attorney’s Office, including but not limited to the Special Victims Unit, Economic Crimes Unit, Cold Case Unit, Crime Scene Investigations, County Court and Juvenile Justice. Students also will have the chance to learn the intricacies of a jury trial.

Space is limited and preference is given to applicants who live in the 18th Judicial District and are first-time attendees. Participants must be at least 18 years old, complete an application and pass a criminal background check to be considered. The deadline for applications is Aug. 16, 2019. Apply now!

Come join our sheriff's deputies at these upcoming charity events!

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