Garfield County Sheriff's Office

  • Agency: Garfield County Sheriff's Office
  • Address: 107 8th St, Glenwood Springs, 81601 CO
  • Chief:
Phone: 970-945-0453
Fax: (970) 945-6430

Garfield County Sheriff's Office is located at 107 8th St, Glenwood Springs, 81601 CO. The Garfield County Sheriff's Office phone number is 970-945-0453.

Garfield County Sheriff's Office News

Happy Veterans Day! The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank our Veterans for the service they gave to our great nation!

Our K-9’s had a good week last week! The team celebrated Bulls birthday and Messi assisted with Trunk or Treat in Parachute.

Mr. Fightlin has been located on the Front Range and taken into custody safely.

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PLEASE SHARE!!! WANTED!!! The following individual, Samuel Vancott Fightlin, has active felony arrest warrants for his arrest out of Garfield County and Eagle County, Colorado in connection with Dangerous Drugs, Vehicle Theft, and Possession of Stolen Firearms. If the public observes him they are encouraged to contact law enforcement using the Garfield County Emergency Communications Authority non-emergency number at (970) 625-8095. DO NOT APPROACH THIS INDIVIDUAL.

Please share! ABANDONED PUPPIES STRUGGLE TO SURVIVE Friday October 26, 2018 around 3:00 PM the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office was called to County Road 244 near Rifle Colorado. Nine puppies had been abandoned in a wooded area some distance from the road. Fortunately, for the puppies, they were discovered by a couple who were camping in the area. The puppies had been left in an open plastic trash bag; two of them were already dead when they were discovered. It was later determined by a Veterinarian that the puppies were only about 24 hours old. With their slightly dried umbilical cords still attached and their eyes closed, they would not have survived the night. The cold afternoon air and the coming colder night, with no nourishment, would have soon seen the end to the entire litter. The puppies were taken to the Divide Creek Animal Hospital for immediate care by one of the Sheriff’s Animal Control Deputies who was on scene. Once at the clinic, the puppies were immediately placed in warm towels and under a surgical lamp with several bulbs to bring their body temperatures back up to a normal range. A bottle feeder was used with formula to nourish the puppies. Puppies generally eat about every two hours. Once fed and in their warm environment the puppies quit crying and fidgeting; they were able to rest after a very turbulent and stressful beginning to their life. The abandonment of any animal, whether it lives or dies, by statute, is a Class 1 Misdemeanor and carries a minimum fine of $500.00. There is also a possibility of up to six months in jail. In this case the charges could be made for each of the nine puppies making the potential fine $ 4500.00 or more. Additional charges including cruelty to animals and violation of county ordinances and regulations can also be cited and imposed. A few of the puppies are pictured above as they struggle for survival. At the time of this release only two puppies remain alive. The two remaining puppies will be placed in foster care if they continue to survive and may be adoptable in the future. The investigation into this crime is still active. If you have any information that may assist the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office, please contact Garfield County Emergency Communications Authority at their non-emergency number 970-625-8095, they will in turn contact an “On Duty” Deputy to respond and follow up on any leads

Please Share! In the near future, Colorado Bureau of Investigation will no longer accept fingerprint cards for their Colorado Applicant Background Services (CABS). You may find out more information at

PLEASE SHARE! Do you know this person? The Sheriff’s Office would like to speak with him in connection to an ongoing investigation in the Rifle area. If you have any information please call 970-625-8095. Thank you!

Would you like your dogs look as cool as these two pups? For a limited time, get a free bandanna with purchase of a new Garfield County animal license. Available at local vets, shelters, the Sheriff’s Office in Glenwood Springs, and the Sheriff’s Office Annex in Rifle. Help keep your pet from getting lost and receive a cool accessory! *supplies are limited. County licenses are required on all dogs in unincorporated Garfield County

Come visit us today at Arapahoe Community College job fair. Deputy Thornton would like to share information with you! Nice to see Sabrina from Larimer County Sheriff's Office too!

Happy 2nd birthday to Messi!!! Deputy Satterfield’s partner! The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office thanks you for your service and wishes you a fantastic birthday!

Update for the #JohnnyMyersFire

Update on fire up near Sweetwater.

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The School Resource Officer (SRO) friendly rivalry is going strong! When Coal Ridge High School Ladies Volleyball beat Grand Valley High School’s team, SRO Deputy James Miller had to wear a Coal Ridge High School Titan ‘s shirt to Grand Valley High School for the day. The shirt was compliments of Coal Ridge SRO Deputy Trish N. Worley. And by the looks of Deputy Miller’s face, it made him a bit sad.

PLEASE SHARE! Do you know this person? The Sheriff’s Office would like to speak with him in connection to an ongoing investigation in the Carbondale area. If you have any information please call 970-625-8095. Thank you!

Fire Restrictions Lifted Throughout Garfield County - Please share! Effective immediately, the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office has lifted all fire restrictions on unincorporated private and state lands within Garfield County. People are reminded that a burn permit is required before any fire can be ignited, even if you’re only burning a small pile of leaves, a slash pile or if you’re conducting an agricultural burn. Please contact your local fire department for information on where and when to burn, each jurisdiction will make the decision that is right for their area based on current local conditions as well as forecasted weather conditions. The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the people of Garfield County for their cooperation in keeping everyone safe this fire season and for the outpouring of support that was given to law enforcement officers and first responders as well.

I70 closed Eastbound mm 116 Glenwood Springs and westbound at mm133 Dotsero

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FYI On Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, Valley View will be joined by safety partners Garfield County Public Health, Garfield County EMA, Glenwood Springs Police Dept Glenwood Springs Fire Department, Garfield County Emergency Communications Authority, and Garfield County Coroner to conduct a full-scale hazmat exercise from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Valley View Hospital. During this exercise, patients and visitors may hear sirens and see structures such as a mock decontamination site.

Thank you to Glenwood Springs Elementary School kindergarten students who stopped by our office today to deliver handmade notes of appreciation. What a pleasant surprise!

PLEASE SHARE! Do you know this person? If so, please contact Garfield County Emergency Communications Authority non emergency # at 970-625-8095 with information. Thanks for your help!

#BREAKING I-70 closed westbound at West Parachute MP72 due to a wildland fire Colorado State Patrol, Garfield County Emergency Communications Authority

Stage 1 Fire Restrictions Reinstated in Garfield County!! For Immediate Release Date: September 20, 2018 GARFIELD COUNTY, CO. – On Friday September 21, 2018 at 12:01 AM due to continued dry conditions and the minimal amount of rainfall experienced in September, Garfield County will again implement Stage 1 Fire Restrictions. This will apply to all unincorporated private and state lands within Garfield County. Joining in the restrictions will be the Silt, Colorado, New Castle, Colorado and Rifle, Colorado. The City of Glenwood Springs, Colo. Government plans to return to Stage 1 restrictions effective 12:01 AM Saturday September 22, 2018. These restrictions will remain in place until further notice. Please check with other municipalities in Garfield County, the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service - White River National Forest for any restrictions that may be applicable within their jurisdictions. Fire managers base decisions about fire restrictions on specific moisture measurements in vegetation and other risk factors. With a lower than normal snowpack this past winter; recent hot and dry weather have created high fire danger at elevations below about 9,000 feet. The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office will be enforcing temporary restrictions of: • Campfires: allowed within designated fire grates in developed campgrounds (i.e. a metal, in-ground containment structure – (fire pans and rock campfire rings are not acceptable) • No fires of any type including charcoal outside of developed areas (Note backyard charcoal grills are permissible under Stage 1 restrictions. • No smoking except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site or in a barren area free of vegetation • No use of explosive materials, including explosive targets or tracer rounds/exploding bullets etc. § The discharge of weapons with normal ammunition, used for hunting and target practice is permissible • No welding or operation of acetylene or other similar torch with open flame or any spark emitting operation, (cutting, grinding etc.) except in an area that has been cleared of vegetation • No operation of any internal combustion engine without a spark arresting device properly installed and in working order Those found responsible for starting wildfires will face restitution costs of suppressing the fire. For more information about fire restrictions in these areas, log on to the Garfield County Sheriff’s Website or the Garfield County Web Site at: Additional information will be released as it becomes available. The mission of the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office is to provide solutions for the people through professional, ethical and compassionate conduct.

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