Investigations

The mission of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Investigation Division is to effectively, ethically and professionally investigate serious criminal complaints and to focus on excellence in the preparation of those cases referred to the District Attorney for prosecution.

The Investigations Division is responsible for responding to requests by the public, patrol and detentions divisions, and the District Attorney to identify, apprehend and assist in the prosecution of criminals who prey upon the citizens of Douglas County. There are three main sections that make up the Investigations Division they are the Major Crimes Section, Special Investigations Section, and the Victim Assistance Section. Investigations is managed by one Captain, two Lieutenants, each in charge of a section of investigations, and one civilian Victim Assistance Coordinator.

The Investigations Division concentrates on the filing of felony charges on suspects and the filing of both felony and misdemeanor domestic violence crimes. The Patrol Division usually takes the original case report from the victim or reporting party or witness of the crime. If the crime is a misdemeanor the patrol officer, or the misdemeanor detective completes the case report. Misdemeanor and petty offense cases are filed into the Douglas County Courts by issuing a summons (a ticket) to the suspects which requires them to appear into court. The Patrol Deputy’s report and the summons is the only paperwork that is usually required to get a misdemeanor or petty offense case into court.

If the case is a felony the Patrol Deputy completes as much of the investigation as possible but then forwards the case to the Investigations Division. Once the case is received in Investigations, a Detective Sergeant reviews all the felony case reports and decides which unit inside Investigations could best handle the case and which specific detective will be assigned the case. The Colorado Court System requires a specific felony filing affidavit format to get a felony suspect’s case accepted into the court system. The detectives usually have to complete additional detective work to complete the felony filing affidavit. This can include conducting additional interviews of suspects, witnesses, and victims; obtaining additional records to include medical and financial records; obtaining results of evidence recovered from the crime scene that are processed by the Crime Lab. This additional work can take many months before a case is ready to be filed into court through the District Attorney’s Office.

The Major Crimes Section is responsible for handling requests for criminal investigations that are received on a daily basis.  The section consists of four specialty units, Person Crimes, Special Victims, Financial Crimes and Internet Crimes Against Children.

Persons Crimes Unit:

  • Homicides
  • Death Investigations
  • Felony Assaults
  • Felony Menacing
  • Kidnapping and Child Abductions
  • Domestic Violence
  • Missing Persons
  • Extortion

Special Victims Unit:

  • All Sexual Assaults
  • Indecent Exposure
  • Crimes against at Risk adults
  • Child Abuse
  • Death Investigations Involving Children
  • Suspicious Incidents Involving Children
  • Violations of Custody

Financial Crimes Unit:

  • Mortgage and Real Estate Fraud
  • Contractor Fraud
  • Internet Fraud
  • Credit Card Fraud
  • Check Fraud over $5000.00
  • Prescription Fraud
  • Embezzlement
  • Forgery
  • Criminal Libel
  • Counterfeit Checks or Money
  • Criminal Impersonation
  • Identity Theft

Internet Crimes Against Children Unit:

  • Internet Crimes Against Children
  • Child Pornography relating to Computers
  • Exploitations or Enticement of Children

The Special Investigation Section is broken up into four units the Property Unit, Juvenile Detective Unit,  the Pattern Crimes Unit and the Misdemeanor Investigator unit. The Special Investigations Section is responsible for the coordination and management of a number of operations and the responsibilities are broken down below:

Property Crime Unit:

  • Felony Theft (Other than motor vehicle theft)
  • Felony Criminal Mischief
  • First Degree Criminal Trespass
  • Arson
  • Burglaries
  • Auto Theft including Trailers and ATVs
  • Burglaries (when a car is taken from a garage)
  • Misdemeanor and Juvenile Detectives work under the Property Crime Unit

Special Investigations Section:

  • Alcohol Violations including Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor
  • Weapons Cases
  • Gang Information
  • Graffiti
  • Sex Offender Information
  • Police Impersonations
  • Parolee Information
  • Vice
  • Robbery
  • Cases Involving Explosive Devices or Incendiary Devices

Impact Team:

  • Property Crimes where a Criminal Pattern of Behavior continue to Occur
  • Person Crimes where a Criminal Pattern of Behavior continues to Occur
  • Cases where Surveillance or Saturation of an Area Could result in an apprehension of a Suspect
  • Many of the above crimes are in the Property and Special Investigations Section
  • Narcotics Enforcement

Misdemeanor Detective:

  • Misdemeanor Cases requiring out of Douglas County follow-up
  • Misdemeanor Cases requiring extensive follow-up where a Patrol Deputy would be tied up for a long period of time
  • Responsible for the Juvenile Detective

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Investigations unit is involved in numerous local law enforcement and federal task forces. These task forces which are important to participate in because criminals don’t just operate within one county’s or a specific city’s boundaries. These task forces concentrate their efforts on apprehending specific criminal groups that cross jurisdictional boundaries. All the agencies that participate in these task force provide one or two commissioned or non-commisioned members to concentrate on the specific crime problems that these task forces handle. The Federal agencies and Local Sheriff’s grant peace officer commissions or federal commissions to the members of these task forces so they can cross jurisdictional boundaries and investigate and apprehend these suspects. The Task Forces the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office has assigned members to include:

  • Rocky Mountain Regional Computer Forensic Lab
  • Joint Terrorism Task Force
  • Metro Gang Task Force
  • Drug Enforcement Agency
  • East Metro Auto Theft Task Force
  • Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force
  • Front Range Drug Task Force

The Victim Assistance Section serves victims of violent crime and family survivors in cases of violent and sudden death.  Victim Advocates provide information, support and referrals as required by the Colorado constitutional amendment for victim’s rights.  They also act as a liaison between the victim and the criminal justice system.  The advocates are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Each advocate carries a pager and cell phone used to assist victims in locating family members and friends, and to get information from hospitals and assistance from other agencies. Staff members have years of experience working with victims and the court system, and are experts on victim compensation programs and legislative issues. With the use of a specialized computer program, Advocates can track services and get information to victims more efficiently.  Using community volunteers, grant funding and advanced technology, the Victim Assistance Unit is able to provide immeasurable comfort to victims and their families while minimizing the cost to county taxpayers.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Crime Lab is staffed with four crime scene investigators (CSI). Photography and photographic processing, latent fingerprint processing, crime scene investigation and processing, autopsy evidence collection, crime scene reconstruction, confirmatory drug testing, and evidence examination are just some of the duties carried out by these technicians.

The Evidence Section is responsible for the proper storage of evidence which, is just as important as the evidence itself.  The courts demand that strict rules and procedures be followed in order to have evidence admitted during a criminal proceeding.

Contact Information:

Main Investigations 303-660-7548
Main Investigations Fax 303-688-4939
Special Investigation Section 303-784-7800
Crime Lab 303-660-7558
Victim Assistance 303-660-7535
Major Tip Line 303-660-7579
Immigration Tip Line 303-663-7265

Douglas County Sheriff

Justice Center

4000 Justice Way
Castle Rock, CO 80109
Phone: 303.660.7505

Office Hours

Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


Highlands Ranch Substation

9250 Zotos Drive
Highlands Ranch, CO 80129
Phone: 303.784.7800

Office Hours

Monday through Friday
7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.


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