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February 2014 Briefing Room

Having a Heart The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office

Victim Assistance Unit

DCSO’s victim advocates offer compassion and resources to crime victims VA Coordinator pioneers victim services Advocate receives Leadership Award

ALSO INSIDE 

North, South, East or West, Deputies Give Their Best

CSV’s Shine like Stars

Saddling Up with Mounted Patrol - and more!


February 2014

THE BRIEFING ROOM The magazine of the Douglas County Sheriff's Office 4000 Justice Way Castle Rock, CO 80109 303.660.7500

Inside this issue: Message from Sheriff David A. Weaver

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COVER STORY: Healing Hearts

Behind the Badge with 4 Undersheriff Tony Spurlock Deputy Imposter

READ HEALING HEARTS , page 14

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North, South, East and West 6 Night of the Stars

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COVER STORY:

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Healing Hearts In the Saddle

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Good Advice Award

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One Ring, One Scam

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Dispatchers give cookies

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The Graduate CO Life Trak

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Safetalk Eviction Notice Scam

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Polar Plunge

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Blue Thunder Bowling

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Kickin’ it in Retirement

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Justice Center Expands

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K-9 gets bullet proof vest

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Go Bald

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Microsoft Scam

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Sheriff Scholarships Peer Support

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One tough former Explorer

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911 Initial Accreditation

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Awards Ceremony

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The Sawaya Award

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Fitness Funds

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Victim advocates from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office are there for people during some of the worst times of their lives. While deputies are focused on the facts of the crime, our victim advocates focus on the victim’s heart and soul. They offer support and compassion and provide much needed resources for recovery. The advocates respond to help you at the time

of the crime and help establish how to move forward in the aftermath.

Did you know?

In 1986, Patty Moschner helped create a full time unit to help crime victims in the sheriff’s office. Then, the unit helped about 100 crime victims a year. Today, the unit’s able to help more than 8,000 people a year coping with loss across Douglas County.

The unit, which has been duplicated across the state, is a leading example of how to help victims in times of crisis. Because of that and other accomplishments, the CO Organization for Victims Assistance or COVA has awarded Patty Moschner a Lifetime Achievement Award. READ HEALING HEARTS , page 14. DCSO’s first VA unit

Resources for Crime Victims Are you a victim of a crime? Find assistance here:  DCSO’s Victim Assistance Unit or call 303.660.7500  How to help your teenager with domestic violence, a brochure

 Women’s Crisis Center Domestic Violence helpline and information  Rape Assistance and Awareness Program  Victim Notification or VINE in Colorado  CO Organiziation for Victim Assistance

 CO Office for Victims Programs or call 303.239.5719  Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault  Colorado Anti Violence Program  For more, please go to DCSheriff.net

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DAVID A. WEAVER, DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF

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s the Sheriff of Douglas County, I want you to know I support the repeal to ban open carry in Castle Rock. The Castle Rock Town Council voted on January 28th to allow open-carry of guns. Even though each city and town (for example, town council) is responsible for enforcing and upholding their own ordinances, I do have an opinion on such matters. I do not though have the right to communicate to a town or city what they may or may not do or can or cannot do. As your Sheriff, my department and I are strictly responsible for the unincorporated areas of Douglas County only. We are responsible to enforce the laws that are passed for the county and the citizens in that county.

The ordinance that was in place to ban open carry in certain areas of Castle Rock (buildings, parks, trails, etc.) which is where the conversation started is not something I agree with and I definitely support the decision to repeal the ban altogether. It is also important to note that in the unincorporated areas of Douglas County where I am the Sheriff, parks, trails and open space, open carry is permissible.

of the justice center and a few places where it says "no weapons." As your Sheriff, I will continue to support the Constitution and uphold my oath to the office I represent.

Please feel free to contact me if you would Open carry is also allowed in county build- like to discuss anything ings with the exception further. My door is always open. DWeaver@DCSheriff.net Sheriff David A.

The Briefing Room, a magazine of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office


Behind the Badge with Undersheriff Tony Spurlock “That man was a bad person and we needed to make sure we could find better ways to investigate cases and protect other children in the future. “

-- Tony Spurlock, Undersheriff DCSO Investigator Tony Spurlock calls for reform Victim advocate answers call and creates center to fight child abuse In 1989, Detective Spurlock investigated the case of a 5year-old girl being sexually assaulted. He was certain one man had repeatedly molested her. But he had to prove it. At the time, children were interviewed many times, testified in front of their accusers and struggled through multiple court hearings. The process intimidated and hurt children and lowered the rates of successful prosecution. Convictions were rare, and, as was common, the defendant was not convicted in Spurlock’s case. “Everyone believed the suspect had done this. But at the time, there were no resources in place to interview children effectively. A typical defense strategy was that children made these stories up or were susceptible to leading questions by law enforcement because they don’t want to disappoint anyone. So, the allegation was that children would say what they thought people wanted to hear, ” now Undersheriff Tony Spurlock said.

District. Moschner joined with other criminal justice professionals to create a center here. In 1993, they started SungateKids, a nonprofit child advocacy center that provides comprehensive forensic interviews and support services to victims of child abuse and their families. The facility focuses on a child-centered approach to interviews and investigation. One primary goal of SungateKids is to ensure that kids are not re-victimized by the very system designed to protect them. SungateKids provides services to children and families across Colorado’s 18th Judicial District—for free. “Today, that five-year-old girl would have had a forensic interviewer and experts would be available to testify. The center not only protects kids from going through a terrible experience, it helps children tell the truth in a supportive safe environment. That process helps convict the perpetrators,” Spurlock said. Tony Spurlock, DCSO Undersheriff

The family was devastated at the verdict and Spurlock was frustrated. He asked the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Victim Assistance Coordinator to help him find a better way to advocate for children and help stop abuse. “That man was a bad person and we needed to make sure we could find better ways to investigate cases and protect other children in the future,” Spurlock says. Advocate Patty Moschner remembers Spurlock saying to her, “I know you help victims, but how can we help child victims? We have to find a better way to help and protect children.” There were several child advocacy models statewide and nationally, but there was nothing in the 18th Judicial

Undersheriff Spurlock talks with State Rep. Rhonda Fields and DCSO Victim Assistance Coordinator Patty Moschner in 2013


Scammer Identifies Self as Douglas County Deputy on Fraudulent Phone Scheme Douglas County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO) received a report of a fraudulent scheme where someone was representing themselves to be a DCSO Deputy. The suspect called on the phone and told the citizen they had to immediately pay a $850 fee in order to prevent their driver’s license being suspended and a warrant for their arrest, because they missed a court date for a jury summons. The suspect told the victim they can avoid being arrested by wiring money. The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office reminds citizens that no law enforcement agency contacts citizens by phone, e-mail or regular mail and tells them to pay fees/fines by wiring money, using pre-paid money cards, using a money telegram, or using similar methods. These types of contacts to citizens are “Scams”. Please review the “Tips” listed below.

Tips to avoid becoming a victim : 

Never give your personal identification information over the phone or computer  You may make an exception if you initiated the call or

contact and you are certain that you are talking to a trustworthy employee of a trustworthy business  Never wire money to anyone claiming to be a police officer

to get out of an arrest, etc.  Never wire money to get more money back (sweepstakes or

lottery), or help someone get out of a bad situation such as an arrest, or a broken down vehicle  Especially if the person requesting the money is not known

to you personally, or the person called and claimed to be a distant relative, etc. If something doesn’t feel right – pay attention to your instincts and don’t become a victim The Briefing Room, a magazine of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office


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North, South, East and West Deputies give their best

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hether you live south of Castle Rock or in the highly populated areas of Highlands Ranch, statistics show sheriff’s deputies are patrolling the county’s 844 square miles and driving down crime.

“It really doesn’t matter where you live within the county, we’re paying attention and are going to give you excellent service,” Sheriff David A. Weaver says. “We are a full service department no matter where you are.” The men and women of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office provide law enforcement for every resident living in the unincorporated areas and Larkspur and the City of Castle Pines. Countywide in 2013, total crime was down 8% from 2012. In 2012, crime was down 11% from 2011. The county is divided into 10 patrol districts based on population and geographical boundaries. Deputies patrol 1,131 miles of roadway. On average, there are about .65 officers for every 1,000 people. Districts 8, 9 and10 have the most land. Just a small percent of the population lives in the southern districts, which accounts for about 10% of the county’s crime. Most residents, or 86% of the population, live in the north part of the county in Districts 1,2,3,4 and 5. Undersheriff Tony Spurlock says the office continually strives to improve itself for the betterment of the residents. “Our deputies are committed to excellence and to serving the people of Douglas County. Their passion to serve is second to none in Colorado.” That commitment had big results last year. In the southern part of the county, deputies arrested suspects for attempted murder, burglary and other crimes. The sheriff’s new Wildland Fire Hand Crew also helped put out several wildfires last spring and summer.


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Duck Dynasty, Jackie Kennedy, John Travolta and Paul Bunyan

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Night of the Stars

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he Douglas County Sheriff’s Office hosted its annual “Volunteer Appreciation Dinner” at the Cielo in Castle Pines on Feb2014. The theme this year was “Night of the Stars” as Douglas County employees dressed up as their favorite celebrity e.

er honors all of the many volunteers who serve our community and the sheriff’s office by providing services in those areas ot require the attention of a sworn officer. They are incredibly dedicated people who volunteer their own days, nights and s to help us DCSO and residents. Some of the many volunteers we want to thank are Community Safety Volunteers, Victim es, Public Safety Advisory Committee volunteers and volunteers with Douglas County Search & Rescue.

an 200 volunteers were in attendance Friday night as they were treated to dinner and live entertainment. Sheriff’s employalso on hand as they were serving our honored guests and giving back to our voluno give so much to our community.

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Stevie Nicks and Cheech Marin Bruce Lee and Fred Flintstone

Tina Turner

Bode Miller and Billy Joel

Tom Selleck

Dom Deluise

Duck Dynasty


Night of the Stars Look-alikes!

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Is that Jay Leno or Sheriff David Weaver?


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Office Victim Assistance Unit

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Having a Heart Advocates at the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office care for victims of crimes Some programs and services statewide pioneered by DCSO’s Patty Moschner

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helped about 100 victims a year. Today, Moschner is ou probably don’t think you will ever be a the Victim Assistance Coordinator overseeing four victim of a violent crime. Most people don’t advocates and 30 volunteers. Together, they help think it could ever happen to them. That is why vicmore than 8,000 victims and “co-victims” a year. Cotims of violent crime experience shock and disbelief victims include all of the additional people impacted in addition to the trauma, fear and pain of the crime by a crime. itself. Then, suddenly, victims are also in the midst of a confusing criminal justice system. It is a very diffi“It’s not about one person. There are parents, chilcult time for victims and that is why the Douglas dren, grandparents, siblings—all touched by the County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO) ensures that crime vic- crime. Many of those people need some kind of astims have an advocate to help them from the time of sistance as well,” said Moschner. the report through the completion of the investigation. Victim advocates like Patty Moschner and her Colorado has constitutional rights for victims of crime. Officers and advocates ensure that victims staff are there to help with support, resources and know their rights and that DCSO is meeting those reinformation. “We have a passion for helping other people,” Moschner says. “We want to listen to your concerns, help answer your questions, and find ways to help you through this trauma.” “We have a passion for helping other people,” Moschner says. “We want to listen to your concerns, help answer your questions, and find ways to help you through this trauma.” Patty has had a passion for helping victims for years. She started working at the DCSO in 1986. The office had a small volunteer victim assistance program, but then-Sheriff Steve Zotos asked her to create a fulltime victim assistance unit. It was a challenge she welcomed. When the unit was first created, the advocates

sponsibilities for every victim of violent crime, every step of the investigation. In addition, the advocates are an instant source of information, referrals, and support. Victims of violent crime want to know ‘What do I do now? How will I know if they catch the criminal? How do I deal with this?’ The advocates offer the victims resources and information to address emotional, legal and financial issues and concerns. Victim advocates deal with the trauma and emotions of terrible situations, yet they focus on what needs victims have. Victim advocates are staff and volunteers that are all heart. “That’s just who they are,” Moschner says. “It’s not about their educa-

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ty Moschner and then-Sheriff Steve Zotos hold up 1989 Victim Advocate of the Year award by COVA

Many years ago, crime victims needed to fend for themselves. Law enforcement did not feel that victims needed to be a priority. But in the mid 1980’s, a federal task force for victims of crime detailed recommendations for all areas of the criminal justice system in providing services to victims. The DCSO was quick to recognize the benefits of positive victim services and received grant funds to start a program. Counties statewide have duplicated its victim assistance unit making DCSO and Patty Moschner a champion of victims’ rights nationwide. 2010 Crime Victim Services National Program of the Year Award, by the N.S.A.

-tion or work experience. It’s about their personality and ability to care about others. They are people that want to reach out to others in crisis.” The four staff advocates, Debbie Boyle, Jocelyn Rhymer, Linda Jacobs, and Greg Braden come from many disciplines and bring very different experiences to the unit. Most of all, they bring a personal compassion and commitment to helping others.

DCSO’s Victim Assistance Unit in 2005

Here are some programs and services Moschner has pioneered for crime victims:  

Helped establish victim rights in a comprehensive cooperative effort in Colorado in 1992 Co-founded Colorado Organization for Victim Assistance or COVA annual training conference. The annual conference offers more than 60 workshops and trains 1000+ people every year. Co-founded Sungate Kids (read more about it on page 3, Behind the badge with Undersheriff Tony Spurlock.) The nonprofit, which is flourishing today, provides comprehensive investigation and support services to victims of child abuse. Helped create the Colorado Victim Certification Program that established minimum standards for advocates for training and field experience. Helped produce a Witness Protection training video and materials for law enforcement now used throughout the state. CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE


Victim Advocates Jocelyn Rhymer, Debbie Boyle and Patty Moschner

Moschner co-chaired a statewide governance board to establish the Colorado Statewide VINE or Victim Information and Notification Everyday program. The system notifies victims in multiple ways about the suspect or criminals custody status. She also helped find a way to pay for VINE, which led the Governor to sign VINE legislation in 2013.  Helped create a Mass Crisis Response Tool Kit and website for advocates to pre-plan and respond to major crisis events. 2013, Governor John Hickenlooper signs into law a program that notifies crime victims of the status of criminals and suspects thru the legal system called VINE

Want to know more about VINE? Click below.

A sign that sits on Moschner’s desk

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long-time Douglas County Sheriff’s Office employee has received the “Exemplary Leadership Award” which recognizes outstanding service to crime victims. Undersheriff Tony Spurlock presented the award to Victim Assistance Coordinator Patty Moschner during the Colorado Organization for Victims Moschner Assistance (COVA) Conference on October 30, 2013. sees her greatest acAmong other things, Moschner helped build a full-time complishment as the building of a cohesive professionVictim Assistance Unit in the Douglas County Sheriff’s al team of advocates who care about the residents of Office and co- founded the nationally recognized COVA Douglas County and respond day and night to reach conference. She’s always endeavored to be the leader out to help people in need. “My staff and volunteers in local law enforcement victim services and pushed are the most amazing advocates. They truly care forward new ideas and practices. Many of her ideas about others and dedicate their time and efforts to and practices have been adopted by other law enforcehelping victims in crisis. Their professionalism, experment agencies. “I cannot say enough about Patty Moschner’s passion for victims’ rights, her knowledge of her chosen profession and the impact she’s had on Colorado and the many victims that she has touched and assisted through some of their darkest hours,” DCSO Undersheriff Tony Spurlock said. “I cannot say enough about Patty Moschner's passion for victims’ rights, her knowledge of her chosen profession, and the impact that she’s had on Colorado and the many victims that she has touched and assisted through some of their darkest hours,” Undersheriff Tony Spurlock said. “I know that her drive to make victim services more effective, compassionate, integrated, and professional is virtually unparalleled. Patty Moschner is well deserving of the 2013 Exemplary Leadership award.” Moschner has also been recognized many times over the years by agencies and organizations including the 2008 Champion for Justice Award by the Javad Marshal Fields & Vivian Wolfe Foundation. The annual community leadership award recognized her contributions and dedication to victims of crime in Colorado, specifically in the area of witness protection training.

tise and compassion are exemplary,” Moschner said. That team has also been recognized throughout the county, state and nationally over the years. In 2010, DCSO received the National Sheriff’s Association Crime Victim Services award. This award acknowledged the work, the training, and the quality of services available to victims of crime every day in Douglas County. Being named the top unit in the entire country is a source of pride for the program, the agency and County. Moschner said, “This program has advocates that work quietly in the background to serve victims. Advocates never look for accolades or gratitude, but often receive respect and appreciation privately from victims. These amazing advocates deserved to be recognized publicly for their tremendous dedication and I am thrilled we were chosen to receive this award.”


The pioneer of victims’ rights in Colorado

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atty Moschner has been the Victim Assistance Coordinator at the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office since 1986. Moschner and her advocates at DCSO have responded to help victims at crisis across the state including Columbine, the Oklahoma City bombing trial, the Hayman Fire, the Aurora theater shooting, the Arapahoe High School shooting and at disaster relief centers after last summer’s floods.  Moschner holds a Master’s Degree in Education and earns continuous education credits in the areas of psychology, criminal justice and more.  She’s nationally certified as an Advanced Victim Advocate, state certified as an Advanced Advocate and certified in Forensic Traumatology.  She holds a Colorado teaching license  She’s a guest speaker for COVA, the FBI, police academies, for victim assistance groups, and state and national conferences.

The victim assistance team has impressive credentials as well.  Two staff victim advocates have advanced state and advanced national certifications, are certified in Forensic Traumatology, and hold national crisis response credentials.  Two other staff members are state and nationally certified and also hold national crisis response credentials,  Debbie Boyle has been recognized in a TLC TV documentary entitled “Final Justice” for advocacy on behalf of Hit and Run victims in Colorado. Jocelyn Rhymer is a member of the Colorado Domestic Violence Fatality Review Committee  Linda Jacobs is a CIT certified advocate who has developed a wealth of information, resources, and relationships related to critical mental health issues.  Greg Braden is a member of the Douglas County Adult Protection team and is cultivating resources and training about our growing elderly population.


Patty Moschner 2014 in Douglas County


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Sheriff’s Office, Loveland Police Department, Pueblo Police Department, Arapaho County Sheriff’s Office and Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. All of the students are responsible for their own he DCSO is proud to meals, lodging and travel expenses, as have a graduate of the Mounted Patrol Academy, hosted by the well as furnishing feed, stall bedding and necessary maintenance equipment for El Paso County Sheriff’s Office with a Master Mounted Patrol Instructor, Depu- their horses. This includes cleaning their ty Larry Murphy. Specialist Bianca Boyle- stalls during the school and stripping Roberts graduated August 16, 2013 as a them at the conclusion. When these indicertified member. Lieutenant Rob Roth- viduals request to attend this training, they know exactly how much work is inerham and family members were in atvolved and are prepared to tackle all of tendance at graduation. it. “I wear my mounted patrol pen with pride “By the end of the week my horse had tobecause I truly earned it by the time graduation came and I am so thankful to tally transformed and clearly understood her purpose. We learned skills specific to DCSO and Lt. Rotherham for giving me arrest control and crowd control that are the opportunity,” Boyle-Roberts said. very effective with the help of our equine The academy was conducted this year at partners!” Boyles-Roberts said. the Norris Penrose Event Center in Colorado Springs. This is a very intense six- There is an assessment done, of both horse and rider, at the beginning of the day academy, eight hours a day, where academy and a written knowledge-based the riders have spent no fewer than 44 test and riding test. Both must be hours in the saddle by the time graduation comes around. Plus, since this acad- passed in order to get certification of emy is held in August, they train and test completion. Some of the testing includes out doors in high temperatures which is mount and dismounts on both side of the grueling for both riders and their horses. horse, emergency dismounts, arrest conAll of the attendees stay on site, either in trol off of the horse, shooting off of the close proximity hotels or RV’s, and their horse, turning on the haunches, a side pass and tight formations. horses are stalled on site. By Debbie Boyle

“Every muscle in my body hurt by the end of the training and I was exhausted!” The specialist said. “I ride 5-6 days a week normally, so I can only imagine how those who do not ride as much felt.” The academy had attendees from Pueblo

All new members of the DCSO Mounted Patrol must complete the basic school which certifies the rider before they can interact with the public and represent DCSO. This consists of basic horsemanship knowledge and skills, including eq-

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also training on equine first aid, tizing the horses, search and resdence and body recovery, and ehicle escorts. Some of the hat the DCSO Mounted Patrol ate National Night Out, the Douglas Parade, and the Parker Christrade, just to name a few.

oberts was allowed to join the d Unit and attend the training; she es of attending the police acadee near future and to become a She was the only nonsioned member of the class. een an equestrian since she was -old, competing in hunter/jumper, acing and cross country events.

med only fitting to apply for the d patrol unit and learn yet anotho put my love of horses to work ng my own knowledge and experithe team,” Boyle-Roberts says.

n mission of the DCSO unit is nity relations events, striving to ure all members are current on wd control and search and rescue so that they can be called upon e criminal calls for service in s County or throughout the metro en requested by mutual aid.

“I’ve loved horses for as long as I can remember. The immense power they possess is like nothing else.” --Bianca Roberts, new Douglas County Sheriff Deputy on Mounted Patrol


DCSO’s Carol Tornblom recognized for excellent guidance and leadership

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olorado’s top law enforcement agency has honored a Douglas County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO) employee for six years of leadership and advice to law enforcement. The Colorado Bureau of Investigation awarded DCSO’s Warrants Specialist Carol Tornblom with the Leadership Award in January for her role as chair and vice chair on its Board of Working Advisors. “It was an amazing experience to receive the award. I felt like we have accomplished something and really made a difference,” Tornblom said. Tornblom was chair for two years and vice chair for four years on the CBI’s Board of Working Advisors. The board makes recommendations about programs to CBI’s Board of Executive Directors which is made up of police chiefs and sheriffs across the state. Under Tornblom’s leadership, the board helped implement the WIN or Warrant Identification Notification program which helps prevents and correct warrant misidentifications. “Everyone worked together to come up with a great product,” said Tornblom. “We made the job easier for dispatchers and jailers and felt we were doing the right thing.” While she stepped down as chair last month, Tornblom remains on the board of advisors.


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ext time your phone rings only to stop almost immediately, think twice before calling the number back. It could end up costing you a hefty chunk of change. The Better Business Bureau is warning of a new scam that targets mobile users and results in unauthorized and unwanted charges. What is the One Ring Scam? Known as the “one ring” scam, victims receive a call originating from a foreign country (often Antigua, Jamaica, or some other Caribbean island). Before given an opportunity to answer, the caller hangs up after only one ring. At this point the bait is set. The scammer waits for a curious individual to give the number a call back, at which point the unsuspecting soul is hit immediately with an international call fee ($19.95) plus additional charges upwards of $9/minute.

Dominican Republic (809) (876) British Virgin Islands (284) (473)

Jamaica Grenada

How to avoid being duped As with most scams, the “one ring” scheme targets the user, not the technology, so there is no way to completely avoid attempts at being lured into “cramming,” the term applied to illegal activities placing unauthorized charges on wireless customers. Your best defense is your common sense.

*If a caller hangs up after only one ring, do not call back, especially if the call comes from a foreign area code. Do not answer or call back any unknown numbers originating from the countries listed above. *To be extra careful, avoid answering calls from unknown out-of-state numbers, as well. Numbers to avoid *When in doubt, do a quick Google search of the To avoid being scammed, avoid answering calls phone number. If the number has been associated from unknown numbers that originate outside the with scams in the past, it is likely reported someUS. Countries with numbers known to be inwhere online. volved in the scam include (area codes are in pa- *If you do answer one of these calls, do not call renthesis): the number back if asked to do so. A scammer Antigua and Barbuda (268) may also fake a disconnect in the hopes that you will redial the number.


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Girl Scout cookies make soldiers

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ouglas County Sheriff’s Office dispatchers dle East. The dispatch team “Days A” boug and his team with the US Army Reserves. The troops have be from a location somewhere in the Middle East.

“I’m very proud of our dispatchers for showing their apprecia Communications Coordinator for Douglas Regional 911, said. who are so far away and out of touch with everyone.”

Deputy Burke’s wife, dispatcher Shannon Burke, mailed the G rived, Deputy Burke sent her pictures of them being gobbled

“They loved them! They were so excited to get them,” Shann did this.” Now, the dispatchers might get an emergency call…for milk.


Thanks-A-Lots” to troops in Middle East

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answered a call this month to help troops deployed to the Midght ten boxes of Girl Scout Cookies for DCSO Deputy Jeffrey Burke een deployed for one year to take commercial satellite imagery

ation and support to our true heroes,” Grace Reinis, Regional . “These little things make such a big difference to our troops

Girl Scout cookies to the team on Valentine’s Day. When they ard up.

non Burke said. “I can’t tell you how appreciative I am that they


Lt. Robert Rotherham holds his diploma in middle of DCSO command staff and FBI agent (Left to Right) FBI Agent Dave Joly, Sheriff David A. Weaver, lt. Rob Rotherham, Chief Tim Moore, and Capt. Darren Weekly


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ongratulations to Lt. Robert Rotherham for graduating from the Northwestern University Center for Public Safety, School of Police Staff and Command. The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division Watch Commander attended the ten-week program that prepares law enforcement managers to climb up the ladder. He garnered top scores, graduating with a 96% average. The school is considered the most challenging law enforcement management program in the nation. Rotherham graduated with the 349th class on January 17 from the police management program, which was held and sponsored by the Adams County Sheriff’s Office. In addition to learning about budgeting and planning and policies, the university students were required to write research papers. Lt. Rotherham updated the Douglas County Solicitor Ordinance, which will be presented to the Douglas County Board of County Commissioners. The commander also learned about thinking globally and developing systems of accountability—all in preparation to continue his leadership role at the DCSO.

“I really want to thank the commanders at the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, especially Law Enforcement Bureau Chief Tim Moore and Patrol Division Captain Darren Weekly. They supported the furthering of my education and, when I was gone, worked together to pick up the slack. I really appreciate the opportunity they gave me.” --Lt. Robert Rotherham


Colorado Life Trak saves lives and money High-tech tracking system finds at-risk wanderers

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arlier this month, an elderly father with dementia got on his bicycle in Highlands Ranch and rode away. His daughter didn’t know where he went or if he’d ever find his way back. She had little choice but to call Douglas County Sheriff Deputies for help. She got lucky because deputies found him close to his home. Other at-risk adults and children who’ve wandered away can be lost for hours or days.

transmitter that emits a silent radio signal. When the person is reported missing, trained personnel – the Douglas County Search and Rescue Team – use tracking receivers to locate the signal and recover the person. Since 2010, first responders have found 23 people in the Colorado Life Trak system safely within minutes of the call for help. By comparison, it can take hours, days or longer to find patients without the transmitter, increasing the chance they’ll get hurt or killed.

“If they need medication or have health issues and you can’t locate them quickly, it can become a critical situation,” Tom Cornelius, DCSO Community Resources, says. “They can be vic- Colorado Life Trak not only saves lives, it contimized or be harmed suffering in cold weath- serves law enforcement dollars. The transmit“Families who have a loved one with a developmental disability or Alzheimer’s, live in fear of them wandering away, not be able to find their way home and getting hurt or killed,” Sheriff David A. Weaver says. “The Colorado Life Trak System helps families who are coping with that responsibility and gives them some peace of mind.”

er, not to mention the concern of their family members trying to find them.” The daughter decided to sign up her dad for Colorado Life Trak in case he gets lost again. Colorado Life Trak is a high-tech tracking system used by law enforcement departments nationwide to locate adults and children suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, Down Syndrome, Autism or other related disorders who have the propensity to become lost. The clients wear a tamper-proof wrist band

ter costs each law enforcement agency between $6,000 and $10,000 to implement. That’s about what it cost to find one missing person without the radio wristband transmitter during a 4 to 6 hour search. The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office started the program in 2006. Today the program has more than 40 clients. To join the program, click here or call Community Resources at 303.660.7544.


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f you or your family member has special needs, prepare today for an emergency tomorrow. Register with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Special Needs Registry.

The Douglas County Special Needs Registry is a database containing information about individuals in Douglas County with special needs who may require assistance in the event of a disaster. The information may also be used to assist emergency personnel and volunteers in providing assistance. Participation in the Special Needs Registry is voluntary. Our mission is to assess and plan for hazards and emergencies and work with other public safety and municipal agencies to ensure public welfare. As a pre-planning tool, the Special Needs Registry should be considered for all people who have special medical needs (i.e. oxygen or life support systems that are dependent upon electrical power) or have physical disabilities that would make it difficult to independently follow public safety directions, such as evacuation, if the need arose. The County will use reasonable efforts to protect this information including pursuing legal action to prevent disclosure when deemed necessary by the County. However, the County does not warrant that the information provided will be held confidential under the Colorado Open Records Act. Please do not provide information that you believe would compromise your security. To register, click here or call 303.660.7500 and ask for the Emergency Management Office to register with the Special Needs Registry.


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Several Douglas County residents have reported E-Mail scams they have received within the last two weeks. The messages they received stated that they were, “EVICTION NOTIFICATIONS”. The messages stated that the residents were “in breach” of their tenancy and would be forced to leave their homes within several weeks. The messages stated they were from “Court Secretary” with different names for court secretary in each case. The messages stated that detailed information was attached – OBVIOUSLY THE SCAMMER WANTED THE CITIZENS TO OPEN THE ATTACHMENTS. This scam is only the latest in a long list of similar scams. PLEASE FOLLOW THESE TIPS IF YOU DON’T KNOW THE EMAIL SENDER: Do not open attachments to any e-mail messages unless you are sure of who the sender of the message is and you trust that person  Attachments may contain viruses that could infect your computer and allow the scammer to access your personal information  Even if the message appears to be from someone you know – it may have been sent by a scammer who was able to get into someone’s contact list  Never give your personal identification information over the phone or computer  You can make an exception if you initiated the call or contact and you are certain that you are talking to a trustworthy employee of a trustworthy business  If something doesn’t feel right – – Pay attention to your instincts


FREEZIN’ FOR A REASON It’s the 2014 Polar Plunge. Show your support for over 14,200 Special Olympics athletes in Colorado by donating money as we plunge into icy waters and raise money for Special Olympics. The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office has put together a team willing to jump in the frigid Aurora Reservoir on March 8th. Please help us raise money for athletes to train and compete in their favorite sport. Just click here to help out: https://www.kintera.org/faf/teams/registerTeam.asp? ievent=1090048&lis=1&kntae1090048=F9CEB4363C6E4A149197DA2B946C9560&teamAction=join#

We encourage everyone in the community to get involved – schools, fraternities, sororities, corporations, law enforcement agencies, groups of friends and families…everyone can contribute something to make the event special. Thanks for your support!


Blue Thunder Bowling Tournament

Ron King Organization

in support of the The Ron King Organization fund raises year round to raise money for the Ron King Financial Aid Grant, the Blue Thunder Scholarship program, and for fellow law enforcement officers and their families in times of need. We recently donated to the “PIMP MY RIDE” fund. Events like this bowling tournament allow us to participate and support kids like Adam and we were honored to be able to do so. You do not have to be good at bowling to come support us, so get your teams together and come have some fun! There are only 16 lanes available for our tournament- RSVP as soon as you can!!

WHEN: Sunday, March 9, 2014 from 3-6pm WHERE: Brunswick Zone - 9255 Kimmer Dr. Lone Tree CO. COST: $25 PER PERSON PER TEAM (4 man teams @ $25 per team member) The cost includes 3 games of bowling, shoes, and awards. Teams must be paid in full by February 25th. Checks and cash can be given to Julie Widmer, or pay on line on our website at www.ronkingorganization.org RSVP: to Julie Widmer at jwidmer@dcsheriff.net by February 25th with all 4 team member’s names and emails. Please come up with a team name for ease to find your lane on the 9th and include it in your RSVP. As always, thank you for you continual support, participation, and memory of DCSO Deputy Ron King.


M Douglas County Sheriff David A. Weaver thanks Deputy Morton Heathman for his years of service at his retirement ceremony 01.22.14


Deputy Fred Mahne posses with Administrative Services Bureau Chief Holly Nicholoson-Kluth at his retirement ceremony 01.22.14


Douglas County Justice Center expansion proceeding on time and on budget

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he Justice Center expansion started in August of 2012 which comprises the renovation and expansion of the County’s justice center to address serious concerns about facilities for inmates with mental illness, inmates with medical issues, ADA requirements, overall site security as well as lack of secure parking for staff department assets and Judicial staff. The parking garage completion marks a milestone for the construction project. On November 8th, 2013 Douglas County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO) opened the garage for employee and department vehicle parking as well as some courts and judicial staff. The completion of the parking garage now affords additional employee parking, along with secured parking spaces for law enforcement vehicles as well as security needs for. Other department assets will be moved back to the new lot upon completion of the project. The second phase, renovation and expansion of the detention facility are well under way with a completion date for late 2014. This expansion phase is the reconfiguration and repurposing of existing housing areas to provide for ADA requirements, plumbing issues and other internal space remodel needs and to enhance site security, and ingress and egress issues. Once completed DCSO will have the capability to house and treat special populations, minor medical issues and recovery on site, mental health populations, additional females and segregation of female special populations, more effectively and efficiently. The project is expected to cost approximately $25 million and is on time and budget, funded by the Justice Center Sales tax which was approved by voters in 1995 and extended in 2007. The dedicated funds used for these expansions have come from that sales tax paid for by, not only Douglas County citizens, but an estimated 65% of non-citizens who shop in Douglas County. Ironically, this percentage is not that far different from the Detentions Center average non-resident inmate population of approximately 50-60%.


EXPLORE a timeline from the 1900’s through today’s renovation and expansion of the Robert A. Christensen Justice Center. Click here to see photos, studies, plans, assessments and budgets.


The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office will be receiving a ballistic vest thanks to a nationwide GROUPON EVENT. The “Occasions ” campaign for Groupon Grassroots to outfit police K9s with bullet and stab protective vests ended February 26. Vested Interest in K9’s, Inc, is the nationwide non-profit organization and charity partner selected by Groupon Grassroots to participate. All of the funds from donors have been allocated to purchase ballistic vests for our four-legged crime fighters who put their lives on the line for the community and their partner. In 2013 Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. partnered with Groupon and was named as one of “The Best of 2013” campaigns. The non profit raised $155, 537.33 in just one week, which provide ballistic vests for 163 law enforcement dogs in 30 states. There are an estimated 30,000 police dogs throughout the United States. The organization always accepts donations through their website: www.vik9s.org and via mail P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718. ABOUT VESTED INTEREST IN K9S, INC. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c (3) charity located in East Taunton, MA. Its mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests for law enforcement dogs throughout the United States. Each vest costs $950.00 and has a 5 year warranty. The nonprofit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four legged K9 Officers. Through private and corporate sponsorships, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provided 585 law enforcement dogs in 39 states with protective vests since 2009. The organization orders the U.S. made vests exclusively from distributor Regency Police Supply in Hyannis, MA. Who also does the custom embroidery on the body armor. New K9 graduates as well as K9's with expired vests are eligible to participate. The program is open to law enforcement dogs who are US employed, certified and at least 19 months of age. For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508 -824-6978. Tax deductible donations and event listings are via the website: www.vik9s.org.


Douglas County Sheriff Deputy handler Todd Tucker with K-9 Zoos who will be getting a bullet-proof vest to protect him on assignments


Need a reason? How about 175,000? That’s the number of children worldwide who are diagnosed with cancer ever year. Kids Like Bowden Petersburg of Douglas County, who at age three has already suffered multiple rounds of surgeries and chemotherapy. (Watch a video about Bowden here.) This time every year, employees at the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and other law enforcement agencies shave their heads during the St. Baldrick’s Shave-a-thon. This is year 8. Another buzz cut for another baby boy and girl. We’d sure appreciate your donation--large or small. Every single dollar is invested in childhood cancer research. Donate--and employees at DCSO will go bald for Bowden. http://www.stbaldricks.org/events/mypage/175/2014 The St. Baldrick’s Foundation exists to allow these children to turn their dreams into realities. They’re at the heart of everything we do—from every event that is planned, to every volunteer who shaves, and every donor who gives.


If you get a call, keep these tips in mind: •Don’t give control of your computer to a third party who calls you out of the blue. •Do not rely on caller ID alone to authenticate a caller. Criminals spoof caller ID numbers. They may appear to be calling from a legitimate company or a local number, when they’re not even in the same country as you. •Never provide your credit card or financial information to someone who calls and claims to be from tech support. •If a caller pressures you to buy a computer security product or says there is a subscription fee associated with the call, hang up. If you’re concerned about your computer, call your security software company directly and ask for help. •Never give your password on the phone. No legitimate organization calls you and asks for your password.

•Put your phone number on the National Do Not Call Registry, and then report illegal sales calls.


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n a recent twist, scam artists are using the phone to try to break into your computer. They call, claiming to be computer techs associated with wellknown companies like Microsoft. They say that they’ve detected viruses or other malware on your computer to trick you into giving them remote access or paying for software you don’t need. These scammers take advantage of your reasonable concerns about viruses and other threats. They know that computer users have heard time and again that it’s important to install security software. But the purpose behind their elaborate scheme isn’t to protect your computer; it’s to make money.

Once they’ve gained your trust, they may: •ask you to give them remote access to your computer and then make changes to your settings that could leave your computer vulnerable •ask for credit card information so they can bill you for phony services — or services you could get elsewhere for free •trick you into installing malware that could steal sensitive data, like user names and passwords •direct you to websites and ask you to enter your credit card number and other personal information Regardless of the tactics they use, they have one purpose: to make money.


Douglas County Sheriff’s Office to award Scholarships in 2014

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he Douglas County Sheriff’s Office is excited to announce our commitment to the education of the youth of Douglas County; Sheriff David A. Weaver has established a scholarship fund and will award nine ($500). The Sheriff’s Office considers this an investment in the future and believes that their members are helping to provide deserving students with an opportunity to make a positive contribution to society as a whole. The scholarships are funded through money raised at the 2010 Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Shoot-Out at Sanctuary Golf Tournament fundraiser. The scholarship program is broken down into three categories: Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Scholarship: Seven scholarships, each worth $500, will be awarded to graduating seniors from any Douglas County public high school, accredited private high school, or a qualifying home school. Race-A-Cop Scholarship: One scholarship, worth $500, will be awarded to a graduating senior from any Douglas County public high school, accredited private high school, or a qualifying home school. This particular scholarship is only applicable to those students who are going to attend a vocational college/program. Deputy Ron King Memorial Scholarship: One scholarship, worth $500, will be awarded to a graduating senior from any Douglas County public high school, accredited private high school, or a qualifying home school. ELIGIBILITY Any permanent resident of Douglas county, Colorado, who is graduating from any Douglas County high school, accredited private high school, or qualifying home school in the Spring of 2014 and is applying or accepted to a vocational training program or institution of higher learning as a full-time or part-time student for fall of 2014. Applicants considered for these scholarships should have participated in events/ programs projects that demonstrate what was detailed in the above program philosophies. This could be through speaking events, mentoring projects, volunteering in the community, etc… Applicants must be eligible for admission to the school(s) or institution(s) of learning indicated in the application. The award may be paid for attendance at accredited schools or institutions. There shall be no restrictions as to the course of study or training pursued. The only exception is for the Race-A-Cop scholarship as it only applies to those attending a vocational college/program. No restrictions shall be placed upon applications by reason of race, creed, color, age, sex or national origin. Recipients must successfully attend and complete the coursework during the year of the awarded scholarship.

Applications may be obtained at the Sheriff’s Office website www.dcsheriff.net. APPLICATION FILING DEADLINE March 28, 2014.


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Douglas County Peer Support January 2014 Getting Financially Fit 1. Get your financial bearings. Write down the value of everything you own—savings and investment accounts, car, home, business interests, and personal property. Then list all your debts—mortgage, car loan, credit card balances and student loans. Subtract what you owe from what you own to get your net worth.

2. Develop and stick to a budget. Commit to taking a realistic look at how you spend your money. Itemize your monthly expenses (both essential and discretionary) and subtract them from your income.

Peer Support team members are available to support our Douglas County Family members at any time, but especially during the holidays. Please feel free to contact any member if you are coping with: 

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If we cannot offer the assistance you are needing we will provide referrals.

3. Get organized. First, set up either paper or electronic files for your financial and tax records, putting all your important documents (birth certificates, passports, Social Security cards, loan documents, insurance policies) in a secure place.

4. Set goals. First, make sure your goals are concrete and achievable. Are you saving for a down payment on a home? A kitchen remodel? A special vacation? Write down all your goals and put a price tag on each. Then prioritize and create a realistic timeline,

5. Control debt. Decide how to handle it. Not all debt is bad (for instance, a mortgage), but paying late fees and interest on credit cards can easily undermine your financial plans. Ideally, no more than 28% of pre-tax income should go toward home debt; no more than 36% should go toward all debt (home, car, credit cards, etc.). Systematically pay down credit card balances. Stay on top of student loans.

6. Build an emergency fund. Strive to keep enough cash to cover three-to-six months' expenses in an easily accessible account in case of a job loss or illness. Don't touch the money!

7. Save for retirement. Pay yourself first by contributing to a 401(k) or other employer retirement plan. Then keep adding to your 401(k) until you hit the max. You might also consider funding an IRA.

8. Refine your asset allocation. Market ups and downs can throw your portfolio out of sync with your target mix of stocks, bonds, and other investment classes. Check to see if your portfolio still reflects your goals and feelings about risk, and buy and sell investments to bring it back in-line if necessary.


Congratulations to DCSO Deputy Andrea Wagner whose daughter Claire Yakabe is the third ranked cadet in the nation Army ROTC cadet at UHM ranks number three in the nation University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Each Fall, in conjunction with their branch selections, Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) cadets throughout the U.S. are ranked in a national Order of Merit List (OML). The OML considers all Army ROTC seniors across the nation who are scheduled to graduate and be commissioned in Spring 2014. This year, Claire L. Yakabe, an Army ROTC cadet at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, has captured the number three spot among 5,478 graduating cadets from across the nation. Yakabe, a Makiki resident, is scheduled to graduate from UHM in Spring 2014 with a degree in Political Science and a certificate in French. She will be commissioned as an Army Aviation officer. Yakabe is a “progression cadet,” which means that she enrolled in the UH Army ROTC program during her freshman year. In fact, she won a four-year Army ROTC scholarship to attend UH Mānoa. These scholarships are awarded not only for academic performance and test scores, but also for physical fitness, moral character, and demonstration of leadership in civic and extracurricular activities. An Advanced Placement student in her Colorado high school, Yakabe was also a four-year member of the golf team (captain in her senior year), involved in theater (head lighting designer), and the commanding lieutenant of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Explorer program. Since enrolling in ROTC at UH Mānoa, the Honors Program student continues to “lead from the front in everything she does,” according to Major John Carson, a UHM Professor of Military Science. Yakabe is a member of the unit’s Ranger Challenge team; was a three-year member of the Color Guard; is Vice President of ROTC Affairs for the Association of the United States Army, Hawaiʻi chapter; and participated in a Cultural Understanding (CULP) deployment to Estonia for a summer. A Dean’s List student every semester during her college career, she is also an officer in the Mānoa Pre-Law Association and a member of the Honors Society’s Phi Beta Kappa chapter. READ MORE here ABOUT ROTC CADET David Sullivan, (808) 956-7744 Military Science John Carson, (808) 956-4135 Professor of Military Science, Military Science


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aturday, November 16th, Sheriff David A. Weaver along with other members from the Douglas County iff’s Office traveled to Winston-Salem NC, to receive the award. After a review, the Commission unanisly voted to approve the accreditation.

A evaluates law enforcement agencies worldwide for their abilities to deliver public safety services, fficient use of resources and setting high standards and goals, among many other things. CALEA assesconducted a four day on-site assessment of the Communication Center in August of this year.

is the first award for the Douglas Regional 911 Communication Center following the initial accreditathe Douglas County Sheriff’s Office received last November for the Law Enforcement Accreditation CALEA, which also lead to the Sheriff receiving the National Sheriff’s Association Triple Crown Award.

award was established by NSA to recognize those sheriff’s offices, which achieve simultaneous accredon from the Commission on the Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies, the American Correctionsociation’s Commission on Accreditation for Corrections and the National Commission on Correctional thcare.

iff David A. Weaver stated “I’m extremely proud of our 911 dispatchers and their dedication to keep community safe every single day. This accreditation is another shining example that DCSO strives to t the law enforcement professions best practices with all that we do.”


Douglas County Sheriff Honored Residents and Employees in Awards Ceremony Douglas County Sheriff David A. Weaver was honored to recognize exceptional people at an awards ceremony in December.  Meritorious Service: awarded to members who contribute significantly to the Office over an extended period in operational or support functions by advancing the idea of excellence in police work.  Sheriff’s Cross: awarded to employees who suffer serious line of duty injuries which are directly related to their law enforcement service, either on or off-duty.  Meritorious Conduct: awarded to members whose conduct or performance is brave, exemplary, or where a significant risk of injury to the member exists.  Life Saving: presented to those members of the Sheriff’s Office or citizens who exhibit extraordinary performance which results in the saving of a human life.  Sheriff’s Commendation: award granted by the Sheriff to any member or citizen for an outstanding act or achievement that brings credit upon the Office, which involves performance above and beyond that required by the member’s duty assignment. It is also awarded to citizens who perform an outstanding or heroic act worthy of Office recognition. Douglas County Sheriff David A. Weaver is especially proud of these ceremonies and finds that these awards symbolize the commitment that members of the Sheriff’s Office and citizens have to their community.

“I am truly humbled to be surrounded by a group of people that show true heroism and dedication on a daily basis. This makes me extremely proud to be the Sheriff of Douglas County.”

Undersheriff Tony Spurlock recognizes people in Douglas County for outstanding acts and exceptional service - December 10, 2013


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he Sawaya Law Firm has honored Douglas County Sheriff’s Deputy Marc Tracy with the Sawaya Values Award for his commitment to helping people in the community. Tracy, who was recently promoted to the rank of sergeant, is a school resource officer. The award is based upon what the Sawaya Law Firm considers to be 12 areas of life that create the bedrock of society: Hope, Service, Responsibility, Faith, Honor, Trust, Freedom, Honest, Integrity, Justice, Truth and Family. “The work that you do is so important,” said the law firm. Tracy’s supervisor nominated him for the award because of the qualities of justice he displays while working at Chaparral High School in Parker. Tracy says he’s deeply honored to have been recognized for the award. Attorney Michael Sawaya recognized Tracy with the award in October. He received a plaque and a $250 donation to the charity of his choice.


Highlands Ranch Law Enforcement Training Facility

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he Highlands Ranch Law Enforcement Training Foundation (HRLETF) has been awarded a $10,000 grant from AT&T of Colorado. This grant will help pay for the development of instructors for the Law Fit Program. The Law Fit Program was developed at George Mason University and is used by several law enforcement agencies throughout the nation to include Colorado. This program is designed to screen applicant peace officers and to help keep veteran officers in better physical and mental condition. AT&T President Bill Soards, announced the funding was granted to HRLETF to support tuition costs related to this program and some health equipment improvements at the training facility. The HRLETF is a 501C3 (not for profit) which provides facilities and training assistance to 64 state, federal and local law enforcement agencies in Colorado. Board of Director Members; Sheriff David A. Weaver, Undersheriff Tony Spurlock, Bureau Chief Holly Kluth are extremely supportive of both the Law Fit Program and the efforts of the training foundation. They expressed their appreciation to AT&T of Colorado for assisting HRLETF in this effort. Founding Board member and former Douglas County Sheriff Stephen C Zotos will manage the grant, which was awarded in October 2013, to those agencies that are users of the facility.

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