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Established 1877

Thank you for visiting the Custer County Sheriff's Office Webpage.  The Sheriff’s Office is located in the heart of the Wet Mountain Valley, sitting at an elevation of 7,800 feet in Westcliffe Colorado.  We are a modern, professional Law Enforcement Agency that is well equipped and subscribes to the highest of ethical and professional standards.


The Sheriff’s Office consists of 11 sworn patrol personnel, 6 Detention Deputies serving a 12 bed Detention Facility, 3 Non-Sworn professional staff and 20 volunteer Posse Members.  The Office places a strong emphasis on Community Relations and involvement.  Community Service and Community Policing are performed through strong relationships with the community and friends we live and work beside.  

We provide the citizens of Custer County, in partnership with our communities, effective and efficient public safety services with Professionalism, Accountability, Integrity, Respect, and Character. 


We value the principles of the Constitution of the United States and the State of Colorado

We value the system of laws which governs us . . .We respect the dignity and rights of the individual. We are governed by a set of laws, not men; as such, we value the system of laws of the United States, the State of Colorado, and Custer County. We recognize that our role as a member of the Executive Branch of government is to uphold the Constitution and laws.

We value human life . . . We expect employees to perform their jobs professionally which emphasizes Accountability and Respect, minimizing the risk of unnecessary injury or death to any person.

We value the communities we serve . . . We believe that the purpose of our organization is to serve our communities. We must be open and responsive to changing conditions and needs. We believe it is our responsibility to keep the peace not only by enforcing the law, but also by working with communities to reduce problems by identifying and addressing causes. We believe community and problem oriented policing is an ongoing process, and not a program with a beginning and an end.


We value the person . . . We value the diversity of the individual which stems from differences in race, age, sex, religion, sexual orientation, handicap, or socioeconomic status. We will treat all individuals with courtesy, respect, and dignity.


We value organizational excellence . . .We value a working environment in which individuals working as a team strive for superior professional performance focused towards achieving the organizational mission and goals. 


We value the strength of personal character in our employees . . . We value open and honest communicators who display high moral and ethical conduct, integrity, adaptability, and sound judgment. We believe each employee must be a leader in the office and community. We expect employees to be result-oriented problem solvers who are responsible and accountable.



October 19th, 2020 - Custer County Sheriff Shannon Byerly announced the move from Stage I fire restrictions to Stage II restrictions for private and county owned property.  In speaking with Wet Mountain Fire Chief Matt Nolting, there was agreement the conditions are as bad as we have seen in some time and the need to go to more restrictive restrictions is necessary.

Currently, The US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Fremont County, and Chaffee County are all in Stage II restrictions.  All outdoor burning to include charcoal grills are restricted in Stage II however grills with a fuel source that can be shut off such as propane and pellet grills are still allowed in areas clear of grass and debris.


October is historically one of the worst months for wildfires in Colorado and so we ask everyone to be very cautious during this time.  Dry and windy conditions are projected through the week and the potential for fires is extremely high.   


For specific information regarding the fire ban restrictions, please visit the Sheriff’s Website at and click on the Burn Ordinance to review the regulations specific to Stage II restrictions.


As always, if you have any questions, please contact the Sheriff’s Office or the Office of Emergency Management.  

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702 Rosita Avenue

P. O. Box 1489

Westcliffe, CO 81252

Custer County
Sheriff's Office

Tel: 719 - 783 - 2270

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Tel: 719-276-5555 Ext 8