Jail boss leaves County after 20 years to oversee Denver jails
“The relationships I’ve made here is what I’ll miss the most. That’s how important they are to me,” says Bureau Chief Vince Line.
It was a spring day in 2001 when then 26-year-old Vince Line started his career at the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office. As a young dispatcher, he loved his job, but always knew he wanted more. Within months, he became POST certified at the police academy and landed a job as a deputy at the Arapahoe County jail. Little did he know, 13 years later, he’d become the jail's top boss.
“I truly believe taking care of people is what's led to my success and it’s what I’m most proud of," says Chief Line. "It's the opportunities I’ve had to serve the staff, the leaders, my peers and the community.”
After several promotions and stints on patrol, the SWAT and Gang-Intervention Teams, as well as commander of the Support Services and Public Safety Bureaus, Chief Line returned to the jail in 2014 as the Bureau Chief of Detentions and has been there ever since. He says it’s the men and women he works with who have made his time there so memorable.
“My number one goal as the chief, has always been to make sure all the employees are well taken care of and that they return to their families safely at night," says Line.
Three years ago, Chief Line felt a tug on his heart to do something more for the community on behalf of the sheriff's office, so he launched the Pink Patch Project to help breast cancer patients who couldn’t afford treatment. But it came with a caveat: he wanted to be sure all the money raised directly impacted patients in Arapahoe County. For Chief Line, the project was a personal endeavor.
“I have close family members who have the genetic marker that indicates they're predisposed to developing breast cancer, so it hits very close to home."
Now called Blue Backs the Pink, the program has grown to become the sheriff's office largest fundraiser. It will continue for years to come, even as Chief Line heads to Denver to oversee that city's two jails, along with court services, civil unit, warrant detail, emergency response unit and K-9 unit. It’s a career move he still pinches himself over, but one he knew in his heart, he had to make.
“I’ll never forget this place. I’ve spent more time here than I have at home in the last 20 years. These folks are my family and they always will be."
HONORED FOR HIS ACTIONS
Former deputy receives award two years after shooting incident
When former Deputy Adam DeShaw arrived at the scene of a shooting on August 20, 2018, the only thing he knew was that shots were fired and a fellow Cherry Hills Village police officer had been struck. Deputy DeShaw quickly applied a tourniquet to the officer's leg while another deputy provided cover. Deputy DeShaw then helped carry the officer to the street as responding paramedics arrived. As a team, they not only provided assistance to the injured officer, but also contained the scene, conducted searches and helped other victims as well.
For his efforts to respond quickly, assess the wounds and apply a tourniquet to control bleeding which resulted in the officer's survival and recovery to return to full duty, Deputy DeShaw and others, were awarded the Meritorious Service Medal. It's a medal awarded to public safety members who, by their actions, placed themselves in situations that involved risk while attempting to keep another person from suffering serious bodily injury.
Watch the full story of the shooting incident with the body worn camera video below.
DeShaw left for a new job as a police officer before the sheriff's office awards ceremony in September 2019. So on October 14, 2020, Captain Steven Rolen and Sgt. Matt Davis drove to Elkader, Iowa, a small town west of Dubuque, to surprise DeShaw and present him with his well-deserved award at Elkader City Hall.
I am extremely proud of Deputy DeShaw and the citizens of Elkader, Iowa are fortunate to have him serving as their police officer," says Captain Steve Rolen. "
Deputy DeShaw always took his job as a deputy sheriff seriously and performed to the highest level," says Captain Steve Rolen.
Deputy Shaw was so surprised to see Captain Rolen and Sergeant Davis in Iowa, he thought he was being served a subpoena! Little did he know, his family was aware of the surprise and the next day, on October 15, 2020, DeShaw was presented his Meritorious Service Medal in front of his family.
Read the story in the Clayton County Times-Register, the local newspaper for Elkader, Iowa.
CUB SCOUTS LEARN BIKE SAFETY
“I’m learning how to do hard turns I’ve never done before,” says Jayden Thornton, 2nd grader. “I don’t want to break any rules.”
Jayden Thornton was one of dozens of cub scouts who came in uniform to ride alongside deputies at a bike rodeo. He's a member of Cub Scout Pack 914 of Aurora, who meet weekly at Antelope Ridge Elementary, along with students from Canon Creek Elementary, to learn ways to operate a bicycle both safely and legally.
Cones were set up for a bike riding course and Arapahoe County sheriff's deputies engaged with the community and reassure kids of all ages, that they’re there to help.
“It’s great to be out here because they see us in a different environment and we get to talk about bikes and being safe on bikes,” says Deputy Englert, who’s also a School Resource Officer.
In addition to bike safety, kids also took part in a bike and helmet check, learned steering, braking and much more.
“We're making sure they’re stopping at stop signs, learning how to use the road, crossing at crosswalks, being safe getting to and from school or just riding around the neighborhood, says Englert.
Leaders say pairing up with law enforcement provides a positive influence for their children and runs parallel with the scouting mission.
“The mission of the cub scouts is to give back, to make sure they’re prepared and they know the rules. Having the sheriff’s office out here is great because they teach us how to be safe,” says Cub Scout Pack Leader Jeremiah Jackson. “We teach reverence and duty to the community, so exposing them to law enforcement officers, that they’re not the bad guys, they’re here to help, is a wonderful thing.”
The Cub Scout Pack is open to boys and girls in grades K-5. Membership has doubled in the last year. Click the button below for more info.
40 YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF UNSOLVED MURDER
Stephanie Bauman, 15
It was exactly 40 years ago, October 28, 1980, a motorist driving down County Road 173 about 5 miles south of US 36 called the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office to report a body near the road. Deputies were dispatched to the scene where they discovered the nude body of 15-year-old Stephanie Bauman. Her body was bruised and left lying in a ditch. Stephanie’s clothes were found nearly a mile away in a pile. She had died of hypothermia.
Stephanie reportedly lived in a group home but had run away approximately two weeks prior to her death and was staying with different acquaintances.
If you have any information regarding this case, please contact the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office at 303-795-4711, or email email@example.com. To view all of our current cold cases, please click the button below.
CAMPAIGN RAISES THOUSANDS FOR CANCER PATIENTS
Our annual Blue Backs the Pink campaign and fundraiser is now over and while we're still tallying the numbers, we do know the sheriff's office has raised several thousand dollars to help prostate and breast cancer patients in Colorado who can't afford treatment. It was a HUGE success!
New this year were masks and challenge coins, both of which we sold out of. Watch as Arapahoe County Sheriff Tyler Brown speaks to Denver7 about the importance of community involvement to help fight cancer.
Meantime, Love Bug, our miniature therapy horse who is part of our Mounted Patrol Unit, stopped by Littleton Adventist Hospital to visit with patients, hospital staff and the community.
Doctors, nurses and hospital staff came out to pet the horses and minis and help us raise money. Thank you to Denver7 for covering the event and partnering with us! Watch their news coverage below.
WILDLAND FIRE TEAM HARD AT WORK
Recently, our Wildland Fire Team happened to be training right across the street from a grass fire that broke out in the 3500 block of S. Gun Club Rd. The fire quickly spread to the size of a football field, but our crews were able to get there quickly, extinguish the blaze and mop up the hot spots.
The Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office Wildland Fire Team responds to fires which occur in areas of Unincorporated Arapahoe County where there is not a designated fire district. The team also assists other local firefighting agencies as well. There are 21 firefighters on the Wildland Fire Team who have undergone rigorous fitness testing and training. Sheriff Tyler Brown serves as the fire warden for the county.
"Wildfire season in Colorado and Arapahoe County is now year-round. Everyone should have a wildfire action plan," says Steven Peck, Office of Emergency Management."
If you'd like to learn how to plan for a wildfire, create an evacuation plan and checklist or even learn how to assemble an emergency supply kit, click the button below.
Sheriff's Office DNA expert on Dateline NBC
DNA Technical Leader and Forensic Scientist Melissa Grass of the Unified Metropolitan Forensic Crime Laboratory was interviewed for a recent Dateline NBC special about Amber Smith, a young woman in Fort Collins who was the victim of a violent attack in August 2013. Watch the trailer below.
Or, watch the FULL EPISODE to see how Melissa Grass and our Crime Lab assisted in solving the case.