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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.
VALUES OF THE OFFICE
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.
US FOREST SERVICE ENTERS STAGE II FIRE RESTRICTIONS IN PIKE AND SAN ISABEL FORESTS
Four Districts on the Pike and San Isabel National Forests Cimarron and Comanche National Grasslands Enter Stage 2 Fire Restrictions
PUEBLO, Colo., July 15, 2020 - Four districts on the Pike and San Isabel National Forests Cimarron and Comanche National grasslands have entered Stage 2 fire restrictions which apply to all public lands managed by the U.S. Forest Service in the San Carlos, South Platte, Pikes Peak and South Park Ranger Districts, and will remain in effect until they are superseded or rescinded, whichever comes first. The Cimarron National Grassland, Comanche National Grassland, Salida and Leadville Ranger Districts will remain at Stage 1 fire restrictions until further notice.
“Due to extreme drought conditions and significantly increased risk of human and naturally caused fires, we have implemented Stage 2 fire restrictions on the San Carlos, South Platte, Pikes Peak, sand South Park Ranger Districts,” said Diana M. Trujillo, forest and grassland supervisor. “Keeping our communities safe is important and restricting use of fire in the forest is one way we can reduce the potential for unintentional human-caused wildfires.”
Under Stage 2 fire restrictions forest visitors may use portable stoves, gas grills and any propane gas device with an on and off switch and only smoke in an enclosed vehicle, building or trailer. Visitors may not build campfires, use fire pits, charcoal grills or barbecues, coal, wood or sheepherder’s stoves, or any other open flames anywhere on national forest lands. Visitors cannot operate a chainsaw without an approved spark arresting device and a fire extinguisher. Visitors may not use welding machines or other open flame torches, or use explosives, including fireworks.
Under Stage 1 fire restrictions forest visitors may only smoke in a vehicle or building, and only build or maintain fires and use charcoal in permanent fire pits or fire grates in a developed recreation site, for example in a campground where fees are charged. Visitors cannot operate a chainsaw without an approved spark arresting device and a fire extinguisher. Visitors may not use welding machines or other open flame torches, or use explosives, including fireworks.
The Pike and San Isabel National Forests Cimarron and Comanche National Grasslands has responded to more than 150 reports of campfires abandoned or unattended by forest visitors already this year.
Because the restrictions are enforceable by a fine or imprisonment of not more than six months, or both, forest visitors are responsible to ensure they understand the full restriction and will find any additional fire restrictions implemented by counties adjacent to Forest Service lands in Colorado here and Kansas here. For more information on fire restrictions, please visit the interactive fire restriction map here. For more fire resources, please visit our website.