La Plata County Sheriff's Office

  • Agency: La Plata County Sheriff's Office
  • Address: 742 Turner Dr, Durango, 81303 CO
  • Chief:
Phone: 970-247-1157
Fax: 970-247-1618

La Plata County Sheriff's Office is located at 742 Turner Dr, Durango, 81303 CO. The La Plata County Sheriff's Office phone number is 970-247-1157.

La Plata County Sheriff's Office News

**School Bus Safety Continued** La Plata County Sheriff's Office recieved many questions about stopping for any school bus. This should clarify some of the questions asked. 42-4-1903 School buses-stops-signs-passing (1)(a) The driver of a motor vehicle upon any highway, road, or street, upon meeting or overtaking from either direction any school bus that has stopped, shall stop vehicle at least twenty feet before reaching the school bus if visual signal lights have been actuated on the school bus. (4) The driver of a vehicle upon a highway with separate roadways need not stop upon meeting or passing a school bus which is on a different roadway. For the purposes of this section, "highway with separate roadways" means a highways that is divided into two or more roadways by a depressed, raised, or painted median or other intervening space serving as a clearly indicated dividing section or island.

Please be aware of the School Bus and do not pass it! If you are unsure of the traffic laws reguarding school buses feel free to message us OR it is better safe than sorry, so stop if you are unsure and you see the flashing lights.

Join the La Plata County Sheriff's Office La Plata County Sheriff's Office is hiring for a HEAD COOK in the Detentions Division. Please visit the link below to see further information about the job!

As of September 28, 2018, the La Plata County Sheriff’s Office will no longer be offering fingerprint services for any reason other than: (1) Concealed Handgun Permit applications; and (2) Court Ordered Fingerprints (for criminal charges). This reduction in fingerprinting services offered is the result of Colorado Senate Bill 17-189, ( The Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is currently in the process of implementing the Colorado Applicant Background Services (CABS) program in response to Senate Bill 17-189. The CBI recently awarded two contracts allowing third party vendors to electronically print and submit non-criminal applicant fingerprints for the State. The vendors awarded contracts to participate in the CABS program are Idemia (via IdentoGO Centers) and American BioIdentity (via Colorado Fingerprinting). These vendor services will be located throughout the State, increasing applicants’ ability to obtain fingerprints in a timely manner. Applicants will first enroll and then schedule an appointment on the vendor’s enrollment website. For further information, please visit the following link:

LA PLATA COUNTY invites applications for the position of: Administrative Assistant II An Equal Opportunity Employer SALARY: $15.36 Hourly $1,228.80 Biweekly $31,948.80 Annually OPENING DATE: 09/18/18 CLOSING DATE: 09/29/18 05:00 PM JOB SUMMARY: Coordinates and performs a variety of administrative and technical functions in support of department or division. Examples of duties include: composing correspondence; developing various, complex reports by researching and gathering information/statistics; coordinating and attending meetings and composing minutes; maintaining related files; tracking department or division expenditures and performing other clerical functions related to department or division operations. ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS: Essential functions may include any of the following tasks, knowledge, skills and other characteristics. The list that follows is not intended as a comprehensive list; it is intended to provide a representative summary of the major duties and responsibilities. Incumbent(s) may not be required to perform all duties listed, and may be required to perform additional, position-specific tasks. Reasonable accommodations, as defined under the American with Disabilities Act, will be made when possible. Coordinates and processes administrative support functions related to department or division programs and activities; including: preparing files; maintaining confidential records, documents and correspondence, purging records and files and assuring that reporting processes and procedures and followed; scheduling and coordinating services. Prepares complex, routine and non-routine reports utilizing a variety of software; receives, sorts, and summarizes material for the preparation of daily, monthly and annual reports; prepares work reports; prints various reports; relays and interprets administrative decisions, policies and instructions; performs research on assigned subjects for staff and management. Composes and prepares letters, memos, notices, agendas, reports or other correspondence in accordance with standard policies; proofs correspondence and related documents of staff; composes confidential correspondence and maintains files associated with same; processes routine and non-routine matters independently; composes confidential correspondence and maintains files associated with same. Creates and maintains filing systems; cross-indexes and files documents and correspondence. Maintains routine financial records; oversees department purchasing, accounts payable and accounts receivable processes including: coordinating orders; ordering and maintaining supplies; receiving and reconciling shipments with purchase orders; preparing invoices for payment; posting charges; posting and processing checks; monitoring accounts; collecting fees; preparing deposits; and maintaining petty cash. Takes, transcribes and/or distributes statements, reports, minutes, interrogations and notes from a variety of sources. Maintains tracking systems for inventories; audits inventory; develops required reports and disseminates information. Coordinates permits and other application processes, including: reviewing and processing permits/applications; entering information into computer system; issuing permits; receiving and receipting fees; managing permit record system; researching permits; and assisting customers with questions. Assists in researching, purchasing and implementing computer software; maintains and updates software programs. Retrieves, opens, stamps, sorts, and distributes incoming mail; prepares and processes outgoing mail, mass mailings, etc.; determines appropriate routing for correspondence; receives and distributes faxes and email; and checks voice mail. Coordinates and schedules appointments, meetings, or reservations at the request of staff; prepares the location, photocopies materials and prepares agendas; coordinates travel arrangements; makes reservations. Answers, screens and/or routes incoming telephone calls; provides information to callers, receives citizen complaints, and directs calls and messages to appropriate person. Catalogues, maintains and coordinates department or division information, brochures, informational forms, training materials, applications, mailing lists, calendars, etc., related to department or division events, activities and schedules; mails information, as requested. Interviews, screens, greets visitors and the general public; provides customer service and support; responds to inquiries and directs individuals to the appropriate area or assists them with information on departmental services and functions. Maintains department personnel files, including: maintaining employment, training and certification records; and tracking and filing employee evaluations; prepares new hire information for department or division staff, including: obtaining position and salary information; obtaining copies of documents, fingerprints and photographs; completing personnel actions and related forms; obtaining signatures; conducting background checks, licensing information and other investigative information and verifies information at the request of staff; preparing related paperwork; processes information for terminated employees; prepares exit forms. Coordinates various payroll processes and related personnel information, including: payroll time sheets; researching missing time sheets; reviewing/completing computations and leave designations; verifying signatures and account distribution of hours; forwarding to Finance; distributing payroll checks and related information to employees; and maintaining related files. Interacts with a variety of high level individuals, both internally and within the community to provide information, disseminate departmental information and assist in resolving administrative issues. Reports administrative and/or operational problems to supervisor. May deal with sensitive and confidential personnel matters at the direction of senior level staff and/or the department director. IMPORTANT JOB FUNCTIONS: Provides notary services. Photocopies reports, memos, and other various documents for requesting parties; develops various forms. Orders office supplies to maintain sufficient inventory for office use; orders equipment and maintains records regarding same. Maintains department information, brochures, informational forms, applications, mailing lists, calendars, etc., related to department or division events, activities and schedules; mails information, as requested. Disseminates a variety of information to various agencies, divisions, or departments via telephone, mail or FAX. Prepares and laminates identification cards/badges; photographs and fingerprints individuals, as required. May serve as backup for other positions within the department. Performs other related duties as assigned. MATERIAL AND EQUIPMENT USED: General Office Equipment Computer Postage Machine Scanner Two-Way Radio Shredder Switchboard Fuel System Copier Document Binding Machine Transcription Equipment MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: Education and Experience: High school diploma or GED; and, Three to four years of progressively responsible related experience; or, Any combination of education, training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the essential functions of the job. Licenses and Certifications: Valid Colorado Driver's License Ability to achieve NCIC/CCIC Operator Certification (depending on assignment) Notary Public (depending on assignment) KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES: Knowledge of: General office procedures, policies and practices, as well as basic knowledge of computer and other general office equipment. Correct English usage, including spelling, grammar, punctuation, and vocabulary. Office administrative and secretarial practices and procedures, such as business letter writing. Record keeping, report preparation, filing methods and records management techniques. Human resources policies. Complex accounting and budgeting principles and practices. Customer service techniques. Applicable state, federal and local ordinances, laws, rules and regulations. All computer applications and hardware related to performance of the essential functions of the job. Skill in: Preparing clear and concise reports, correspondence and other written materials. Using tact, discretion, initiative and independent judgment within established guidelines. Using a computer to accurately and rapidly enter and retrieve data and information. Organizing work, setting priorities, meeting critical deadlines and following up assignments with a minimum of direction. Typing from rough draft or printed text at a rate of 50 net words per minute. Taking and transcribing notes. Communicating orally and in writing with internal staff, citizens, and other departmental staff in order to give and receive information in a courteous manner. Operating and routine maintenance of general office machines such as copiers, facsimile machines, telephone systems, and two-way radio base stations. Analyzing and resolving office administrative situations and problems. Researching, compiling, and summarizing a variety of informational and statistical data and materials. Applying logical thinking to solve problems or accomplish tasks; understanding, interpreting and communicating complicated policies, procedures and protocols. Proofreading copy. Mental and Physical Abilities: Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operation and maintenance instructions, procedure manuals, and so forth. Ability to understand and carry out written and oral instructions, giving close attention to detail and accuracy. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a variety of individuals. Ability to make decisions in accordance with rules, regulations and procedures. Ability to rapidly and accurately take and transcribe oral or tape dictation through the use of speed writing, shorthand, or dictating equipment (at the discretion of the supervisor). Ability to draft and type correspondence. Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide whole numbers, common fractions and decimals. Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations. Ability to act with discretion and maintain confidentiality. While performing the essential functions of this job, the incumbent is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects; reach with hands and arms; speak and hear; and push, pull and/or lift up to 10 pounds occasionally. Non-Discrimination and Affirmative Action Statement La Plata County prohibits discrimination against or harassment of any person employed or seeking employment with La Plata County on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, national origin, disability, veteran status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status or genetic information. La Plata County is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. La Plata County takes affirmative action to assure equal employment opportunity for protected classes, persons with disabilities and for covered veterans. Covered veterans include: special disabled veterans, recently separated veterans, Vietnam era veterans, or any other veterans who served on active duty during a war or in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge was authorized. Inquiries regarding La Plata County's equal employment opportunity policies may be directed to: Director of Human Resources 1060 Main Avenue, Suite 106 Durango, CO 81301 Tel: (970)382-6361 Fax: (970)375-7985 Email: APPLICATIONS MAY BE FILED ONLINE AT: OUR OFFICE IS LOCATED AT: 1060 Main Ave #106 Durango, CO 81301 970-382-6361 970-382-6364 Job #09182018 ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT II EP Equal Opportunity Employer: We consider applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or marital status, the presence of a medical condition or handicap, or any other legally protected status. If you prefer you can just print out the Job Application Form and fill it in by hand. Print applications are also available at the LPC Human Resources Department, 1060 Main Ave Suite 106, Durango, CO 81301 and the LPC Courthouse Information Desk, 1060 E. 2nd Avenue, Durango, CO 81301. All applications must be signed and returned to the Human Resource Department or the Courthouse Information Desk. For additional information, contact Human Resources at 970-382-6361. EOE

**Location Update** La Plata County Sheriff’s Office is releasing the following information pursuant to CRS 16-13-901 through 16-13-905 which authorizes law enforcement to inform the public of convicted and registered sex offenders’ release from custody when offenders have been determined to present high potential to re-offend. 25 year old Ian Vincent Taylor, who was previously convicted of Attempted Sex Assault on a Child, was released from the La Plata County Jail in the last week of May, 2018. Taylor has served all of his jail time in connection to his conviction for the above stated crime. Ian Taylor is changing his living address from Bayfield to 5800 N. Main Ave Durango, CO 81301. Taylor is described as: white male, 5’8”; 180 pounds, blond hair, blue eyes. Sex offense convictions related to Taylor were from cases in 2016 and involved adolescents. Specific information on that case is not released in order to protect victims.

**Safety Warning** La Plata County Sheriff's Office wants to warn our community about the dangers of the flooding aftermath of the 416 fire. Under Sheriff Sandoval was walking the bank of a flood area when he stepped on a piece of wood, which he thought was secure. Under Sheriff Sandoval instantly sunk in mud covering his entire body up to his chin. Under Sheriff Sandoval said he does not know what would have happened if Deputy O'Haver was not there to help him out.

Congratulations to Deputy J. Baker and Deputy J. Mason for completing the field training program in the detentions division. Congratulations to Deputy P. Backer and Deputy C. Cygan for completing the field training program in the patrol division. La Plata County Sheriff's office takes pride in their field training program. The FTO program is approximately 18 weeks of intense field training.

Recently the La Plata County Sheriff's Office coordinated two DUI check points in conjunction with Durango Police Department and the Colorado State Patrol. The primary objective for check points is public awareness. The check points were funded through state grants.

Congratulations to Captain Aber and Sergeant Doughty on your recent promotions!! La Plata County Sheriff's Office strives for excellence, professionalism and community partnerships and these individuals do exactly that! Captain Aber was promoted from an Operations Lieutenant to Detentions Captain. Sergeant Doughty was promoted to Sergeant in the patrol division.

For those of you that missed National Night Out. We hope to see you next year! Thank you to our local law enforcement agencies and the citizens of our community for joining such a fun community event.

Join your local law enforcement on National Night Out! August 7th, 2018 6PM-8PM at Buckley Park. See you there!

We are hiring! Please visit to apply. LA PLATA COUNTY SHERIFF Detentions Deputy-Officer: Performs routine work in the safekeeping of prisoners in the custody of the Sheriff at the La Plata County Detention Facility &/or during transport. Certified and Non-Certified Applicants accepted; age 21 or over; and have a HS diploma or GED. Applicants must pass written, physical, oral boards, psychological tests, polygraph test & background investigation. Starting wage range $18.18 - 25.19/hr DOE. FT w/ benefits. Deadline 5PM 07/21/18.

Congratulations to R. Davis and N. Andrew on completion of the FTO program in the Detentions division!! Our deputies go through a training program with a minimum time period of 3 months where they work side by side with another deputy to learn the job. This is a stressful period of training but we are so glad to add more successful deputies to our family!

Did you know we are in Stage 3 Fire ban? This includes any plans for the upcoming 4th of July celebration. NO FIREWORKS OF ANY KIND IN LA PLATA COUNTY. Photo shared from Durango Police Department. La Plata County Sheriffs Office thanks you for being safe during the holiday week! If you are aware of any fireworks being set off please call non emergency dispatch at (970)385-2900 to report.

Congratulations to Deputy R. Clark for getting his post certification at the Law Enforcement Academy. The Law Enforcement Academy is a strenuous 18-21 week curriculum which allows Law Enforcement Officers to get certification in Arrest Control, Driving, DUI testing, Colorado State Law, and much more.

**Fire Update**

**Current EVAC Areas**

*6/10/18 Fire update**

**Fire Update**

**Fire Update**

**Fire Update**

Due to fire and firefighting activity in the 416 Fire area, U.S. Highway 550 is closed and will not reopen Friday. The plan is to reopen with law enforcement escort vehicles beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, subject to change based on fire behavior.

**FIRE UPDATE 6/7/18**