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The Denver Sheriff Department (DSD) is the largest sheriff department in the state of Colorado founded in 1902. DSD operates two jail facilities, the Denver Downtown Detention Center, and Denver County Jail. DSD also provides security for the District and County Court systems, state inmate transportation, extradition duties, fugitive and K-9 units, and manages the detainment of inmates receiving services at Denver Health Medical Center. DSD is recognized by the National Sheriff's Association with the Triple Crown Award for achieving simultaneous accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, the American Correctional Association, and the National Commission on Correctional Health Care. This recognition demonstrates DSD's commitment to employing best practices.

5/14/2024 | Fallen Officer Memorial Ceremony

Denver Sheriff Department Fallen Officer Memorial Ceremony: Honoring Deputies Who Lost Their Lives in the Line of Duty

Denver, CO – May 14, 2024

The Denver Sheriff Department (DSD) remembered and honored the contribution of the deputies who lost their lives in the line of duty at the Annual Fallen Officer Memorial Ceremony. The memorial ceremony is traditionally held during National Law Enforcement Appreciation Week.


The fallen deputies that were honored are:

  • Deputy Edward B. Baird passed away on March 16, 1906. In a blinding snowstorm, about 30 miles west of Pueblo, Baird and the prisoner he was transporting were killed when a local and an express train were involved in a head-on collision.
  • Deputy John D. Osborne passed away on August 7, 1974. During an inmate’s attempted escape from the Denver County Jail, Osborne was stabbed to death.
  • Deputy Edward A. Martinez passed away on November 15, 1980. Shortly after a struggle with an inmate during the book-in process, Martinez suffered a fatal heart attack.
  • Deputy Daniel R. Stillwell passed away on September 6, 1987. Stillwell was attacked and shot with his revolver by an inmate at the hospital trying to escape.
  • Deputy Norman “Tony” Silva II passed away on February 3, 1993. Silva was accidentally shot and killed when his partner’s weapon discharged after transporting an inmate to jail.
  • Deputy James A. Herrera passed away on May 16, 2021. Herrera was working during the global pandemic, he contracted the COVID-19 virus and succumbed to related complications.
  • Deputy Daniel “Duke” Trujillo passed away May 26, 2021. While working during the global pandemic, Trujillo contracted the COVID-19 virus and succumbed to related complications.

The memorial ceremony video is posted on the DSD Facebook page @denversheriffsdepartment.

AGENDA:
11:00 a.m. - Honor Guard Marches to Formation/Posts
11:10 a.m. - Invocation – Chaplain Hosea Cannon Jr.

  • Introductions - Captain Larry Brown
    • Executive Director of Safety, Mr. Armando Saldate III
    • Sheriff Elias Diggins
  • Roll Call of Fallen Officers
    • Presentation of roses to families
  • Song - Amazing Grace
  • Moment of Silence
  • 21 Gun Salute
  • Taps - Flags Lowered to Half Mast
  • Conclusion of Ceremony

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4/12/2024 | Phone Scam Requests Bitcoin Payment

Denver Sheriff Department Cautions Community of New Phone Scam Requesting Bitcoin Payment

Denver, CO – April 12, 2024

The Denver Sheriff Department (DSD) urges the community to be vigilant regarding a new telephone impersonation scam requesting Bitcoin payment. The impersonator identifies himself as a current DSD deputy and confidently recites a fake badge number. They will go as far as transferring the victim to a higher-ranking official. The victim is told that a warrant has been issued for their arrest for not appearing in court. To remove the warrant, the victim is told to go to a Bitcoin machine and enter the requested amount. The victim is instructed that they will need to pay the requested amount to avoid going to jail. The phone number associated with the caller ID does not show up as potential spam and is very similar to the phone numbers listed on the DSD website.

A DSD deputy or a higher ranking official will never request payment for failing to appear in court. A DSD deputy will never make contact by phone or suggest meeting on the street or at a facility for a cash payment and will never ask to wire money or utilize a Bitcoin machine. We ask the community to be aware of these recent fraudulent activities and alert others of this concern.

If you receive a suspicious call from someone alleging to be a DSD officer, please report the information to your local police department and notify the Colorado State Attorney General’s Office of the activity by visiting their website at https://www.stopfraudcolorado.gov. You may also call the Denver District Attorney’s Office Fraud Hotline at (720) 913-9179.

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2/28/2024 | In-Person Voting In Jails

Denver Sheriff Department Offers Individuals in Jail an Opportunity to Vote In-Person for the 2024 Presidential Primary Election

Denver, CO – February 28, 2024

Individuals in Denver jails cast their ballots in-person for the 2024 Presidential Primary Election in partnership between the Denver Sheriff Department (DSD), Office of Clerk & Recorder’s Elections Division, Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition (CCJRC) and League of Women Voters through the Confined Voting Program (CVP). Polling centers were planned for the Downtown Detention Center on Wednesday, Feb. 28 and the Denver County Jail on Thursday, Feb. 29.

The joint partnership also ensured those in Denver’s custody who were eligible, had ample time to register to vote. This is the ninth year of educating those in custody about their right to vote and allowing them to register. Individuals can also choose to vote through the mail-in ballot process. This program is supported by the Honorable Denver Clerk Paul D. López, Executive Director of Safety Armando Saldate, and Mayor Mike Johnston.

“In 2020, we began providing polling locations in Denver jails for individuals in custody to vote, and it has been very well received,” said Denver Sheriff Elias Diggins. “It’s important that we allow those who are eligible to vote as it is their civil right.”

Clerk Paul D. López goes on to says, “every time we vote, there is an element of hope for a better and just future. We are committed to ensuring that no matter what situation people may find themselves in, we are giving them access to participate in the democratic process of voting during an election because democracy is powerful, it exists even in our moments of despair as a beacon of hope,” Honorable Clerk Paul D. López says.

The Confined Voting Program ensures that all eligible voters confined to the Downtown Detention Center or Denver County Jail who are in the pre-trial process or serving a misdemeanor sentence have access to register to vote and participate in the elections process. The Office of Clerk & Recorder’s Elections Division coordinates with the Denver Department of Safety and City Attorney’s Office to ensure accessibility for all eligible voters and has developed an innovative confined voting program that includes the addition of polling centers.

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2/26/2024 | Workforce Prep For Those In Our Care

Denver Sheriff Department, Servicios de La Raza Partner to Prepare Individuals for the Workforce Upon Release

Denver, CO – February 26, 2024

The Denver Sheriff Department (DSD) in partnership with Servicios de La Raza offers individuals in custody job preparation training while at the Denver County Jail. The goal is to reduce the barriers that many individuals in custody face when being released back to the community.

“It is our responsibility to make sure that individuals in our custody have every opportunity possible to better their chances upon release,” states Denver Sheriff Elias Diggins. “It’s important to know that 97% of the people in local jails return to the community. These are our neighbors; family members and they need our assistance.”

Having a job ready for them to start or be prepared to interview for jobs upon release can give them a head start providing for their families and being successful in the community.

“This course offers participants a productive way to use their time learning professional skills that will translate immediately upon release. Many have never had a professional job or career path, and this gives them the opportunity and support to start a new life, post-incarceration” states Lucas Sweeney, Director of Workforce Development at Servicios de La Raza.

Because many individuals in Denver’s Jails will be released back to the community the programs offered are pertinent to their success and the welfare of their families. The goal is to become a productive community member and the job preparation program offered by Servicios de la Raza provides the knowledge and skills needed to do so.

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2/23/2024 | Graduation & Promotion Ceremony

Denver Sheriff Department Graduation & Promotion Ceremony Celebrating Fifteen New Deputies & Eight Promotions

Denver, CO – February 23, 2024

Today, Sheriff Elias Diggins, along with members of the department’s leadership team and city officials welcomed fifteen new deputies to the Denver Sheriff Department (DSD) at the graduation ceremony for the fourth class that started in 2023, class 2023-4. The graduation ceremony was shown live and posted on Facebook.

The new deputy sheriffs completed a very challenging fifteen-week academy and now join a public safety team comprised of dedicated public servants who play a vital role in maintaining the safety and security of the individuals in their care within Denver’s Jails.

The new deputies will begin their assignments at the Downtown Detention Center where they will be responsible for providing safe and secure custody for individuals in Denver’s custody.

The DSD also held a ceremony to celebrate the promotion of eight sworn staff members to major (1), captain (3), and sergeant (4). These individuals have served in multiple locations throughout the department. Following a testing and interview process were chosen for the next rank in their career. They will officially start their new positions on Sunday, February 25.

The next DSD Training Academy will begin in May 2024. Interested individuals who want to serve their community can fill out an online application. To learn more about working at the DSD visit the Careers Page.

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1/23/2024 | DMV2GO Pilot Project Launches

Denver Sheriff Department Launches DMV2GO Pilot Project: Putting Individuals on the Road to Success Upon Release

Denver, CO – January 23, 2024

This project will provide eligible individuals in custody with Colorado Identification Cards (IDs) which will save them valuable time when applying for services, employment, housing school, and other activities that require a valid ID.

“Helping the people in our custody return to the community better prepared to succeed improves community safety,” said Sheriff Elias Diggins. “We are excited to partner with the Colorado DMV to provide this service and hope it assists those leaving to access resources faster.”

The Colorado Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) DMV2GO has helped thousands of Coloradans who do not have easy access to in-office driver license services by bringing the DMV to them. By helping individuals in custody it can change a person's ability to obtain services for their families.

“DMV2GO is about helping Coloradans,” DMV2GO Program Manager Desiree Trostel said. “Most people don’t realize the impact not having a valid state ID has on people. Without an ID, you can’t get a job, set up a bank account or access government services. DMV2GO is helping put underserved Coloradans, including those transitioning back into society, on the road to success.”

DMV2GO was launched in August 2022 at Pagosa Springs, revealing an RV-turned-mobile-DLO to the public. Since then, the DMV2GO RV has visited many places throughout the state, serving underserved communities and augmenting brick-and-mortar offices during emergencies, including the Marshall Fire response.

DMV2GO serves Coloradans who do not have easy access to the internet or a DMV office; these include rural Coloradans, nursing home residents and correctional facility residents who are being out-processed as well as indigent Coloradans, who are or are in danger of becoming homeless.

For more information on how to obtain DMV2GO services, visit DMV.Colorado.gov/DMV2GO.

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12/1/2023 | Celebrating 19 New Deputies

Denver Sheriff Department Graduation Ceremony: Celebrating Nineteen New Deputies

Denver, CO – December 1, 2023

Sheriff Elias Diggins, along with members of the department’s leadership team and city officials, welcomed 19 new deputies to the Denver Sheriff Department (DSD) at the graduation ceremony for the third class of 2023, class 2023-3. The graduation ceremony was shown live and posted on the Denver Sheriff Department Facebook page.

The new deputy sheriffs completed a very challenging fifteen-week academy and now join a public safety team comprised of dedicated public servants who play a vital role in maintaining the safety and security of the individuals in their care within Denver jails.

The new deputies will begin their assignments at the Downtown Detention Center where they will be responsible for providing safe and secure custody for individuals in care.

The next DSD Training Academy will begin on February 5, 2023. We are currently recruiting – interested individuals can apply on the Denver Sheriff Department Careers webpage.

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6/28/2023 | Jury Duty Phone Scam

Denver Sheriff Department Cautions Community of a New Phone Scam: Deputy Sheriff Impersonator Running Phone Scam

Denver, CO – June 28, 2023

The Denver Sheriff Department (DSD) urges the community to be vigilant regarding another telephone impersonation scam. The impersonator identifies himself as a current DSD officer and confidently recites a fake badge number. The victim is told that a warrant has been issued for their arrest for not appearing in court after allegedly signing and submitting an electronic jury summons document. To remove the warrant, the victim is told to meet at the Van Cise-Simonet/Downtown Detention Center (490 W. Colfax, Denver, 80204) to prove their identity and view their signature on the jury summons. The victim is instructed that they will need to pay the bail amount to avoid going to jail. The phone number associated with the caller ID does not show up as potential spam and is very similar to the main phone number listed on theDSD website.

A DSD deputy will never request payment for failing to appear in court. A DSD deputy will never make contact by phone or suggest meeting on the street or at a facility for a cash payment and will never ask anyone to wire money. We ask the community to be aware of these recent fraudulent activities and alert others of this concern.

If you receive a suspicious call from someone alleging to be a DSD officer, please report the information to your local police department and notify the Colorado State Attorney General’s Office of the activity by visiting their website at https://www.stopfraudcolorado.gov. You may also call the Denver District Attorney’s Office Fraud Hotline at (720) 913-9179.

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5/31/2023 | Mayoral Race Voting for People in Custody

Denver Sheriff Department Offers Individuals in Jail an Opportunity to Vote In-Person for the 2023 Mayoral Run-Off Election

Denver, CO – May 31, 2023

Individuals in Denver jails cast their ballots in person for the 2023 Mayoral run-off election due to the partnership between the Denver Sheriff Department (DSD), Office of Clerk & Recorder’s Elections Division, Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition (CCJRC) and League of Women Voters. Polling centers were set up in the Downtown Detention Center on May 31 and Denver County Jail on June 1.

This same partnership also ensured those in Denver’s custody who were eligible have ample time to register to vote. This was the seventh year of educating those in custody about their right to vote and giving them the opportunity to register. Individuals also voted through the mail-in ballot process. This program is supported by Mayor Michael B. Hancock, Clerk and Recorder Paul D. López, and Executive Director of Safety Armando Saldate.

“In 2020, we began providing polling locations in Denver jails for individuals in custody to vote, and it has been very well received,” said Denver Sheriff Elias Diggins. “It’s important that we respect the rights of eligible voters who are here to do so, as we educate and offer opportunities for them as well.”

"Enfranchising voters across Denver is our primary concern. We are excited to build on our partnership of offering not just voter registration but voting options for our residents in Denver’s jails,” stated Paul D. López, Denver Clerk & Recorder.

The Confined Voting Program ensures that all eligible voters confined to the Denver County Jail or the Downtown Detention Center in the pre-trial process or serving a misdemeanor sentence have access to register to vote and participate in the elections process. The Office of Clerk & Recorder’s Elections Division coordinates with the Denver Department of Safety and City Attorney’s Office to ensure accessibility for all eligible voters and has developed an innovative confined voting program that recently includes the addition of Polling Centers for the 2023 municipal election.

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4/29/2023 | Travis Manion WOD

Denver Sheriff Department Hosted Travis Manion Workout of the Day (WOD): Honor an American Hero, 1st Lt Travis Manion USMC & All of Those Who Serve

Denver, CO – April 29, 2023

The Denver Sheriff Department (DSD) hosted the Travis Manion Workout of the Day Denver Event to support the Travis Manion Foundation. The Travis Manion W.O.D. physical challenge is a 400-meter run and 29 back squats completed seven times. The challenge was completed by 50 future servicemen and women from local recruiting stations, DSD deputies, recruits and other first responders. There was also a food drive to benefit the Food Bank of the Rockies.

The event began with an opening ceremony and presentation of colors by the DSD Honor Guard. The guest of honor was Gabrielle Martin President of the Board of Directors of the Tuskegee Airmen Chapter Denver (Red Tails). Ms. Martin is the daughter of the late Captain Robert Martin Class 44-A a Tuskegee Airmen. Ret. Captain Rex Laceby, a friend of Travis Manion spoke highly about his friend and thanked everyone for supporting the Travis Manion Foundation. The keynote speaker was Major Folan, CO Denver R.S.

Travis Manion was a Marine who gave the ultimate sacrifice for his country. Before his final deployment to Iraq, Travis left with a simple but powerful ethos. “If Not Me, Then Who…” describes the sense of duty felt by service members and their families.

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3/30/2023 | In-Person Voting for People in Custody

Denver Sheriff Department Offers Those in Custody the Opportunity to Vote In-Person

Denver, CO – March 30, 2023

Inmates in Denver jails cast their ballots in-person for the Denver municipal election due to the partnership between the Denver Sheriff Department (DSD), Office of Clerk & Recorder’s Elections Division, League of Women Voters and Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition (CCJRC). Polling centers were setup in the Downtown Detention Center on Mar. 29 and the Denver County Jail on Mar. 30.

This same partnership also ensured those in Denver’s custody who were eligible had ample time to register to vote. This was the seventh year educating those in custody about their right to vote and giving them the opportunity to register. Individuals also voted utilizing the mail-in ballot process. The program was supported by Mayor Michael B. Hancock, Clerk and Recorder Paul D. López, Director of Safety Armando Saldate and Sheriff Elias Diggins.

The Confined Voting Program ensures that all eligible voters confined to the Denver County Jail or the Downtown Detention Center in the pre-trial process or serving a misdemeanor sentence have access to register to vote and participate in the elections process. The Office of Clerk & Recorder’s Elections Division coordinates with the Denver Department of Safety and City Attorney’s Office to ensure accessibility for all eligible voters and has developed an innovative confined voting program that recently includes the addition of Polling Centers for the 2023 municipal election.

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3/16/2023 | Tablets for People in Custody

Denver Sheriff Department Partners with Securus Technologies to Provide Vital Tablet Technology for People in Custody: Tablets Provide Critical Communications Channels, Rehabilitative Resources and Education so People in Custody can Prepare for a Successful Reentry Back to the Community

Denver, CO – March 16, 2023

The Denver Sheriff Department announced people in custody at the Denver County Jail and Downtown Detention Center facilities will be provided JP6S Securus Unity tablets to support rehabilitative efforts, thanks to a new partnership with Securus Technologies. This is an example of the Denver Sheriff Department’s commitment to helping individuals prepare for reentry back to the community where they can be successful. People in custody can access reentry and educational content for free on the tablets in addition to the purchased content.

The JP6S Securus Unity tablets provide individuals in our custody with access to e-messaging and outbound phone calls to empower continued connections with family and friends and help parents nurture relationships with their children. Free applications on the devices include educational and rehabilitative content, Law Library, mental health resources, faith-based programming, podcasts and other tools that support successful reentry preparation. They can also purchase premium media such as music, games, movies and TV shows.

"Technology is rapidly evolving, which is why it’s important that we provide individuals in our care with the digital tools they need to succeed both inside and outside of our facilities," said Denver Sheriff, Elias Diggins. "Securus tablets are practical for a jail environment, offering a range of applications through a touchscreen, secure user-friendly experience. Ninety-seven percent of the people who come into our custody are returning back to the community. It is vital that we all support efforts to make successful reentry a promising reality.”

The mission of the Denver Sheriff Department is to provide a safe and secure environment for individuals in custody and staff. As a compliment to that pledge, the Securus JP6S Unity tablets are uniquely designed for jail facilities, equipped with security features to support safety. For example, the tablets operate over a closed, secure infrastructure so they can only use approved applications on the device. The internet and social media sites are not accessible.

“Our tablet technology modernizes correctional environments by providing access to supportive applications and communication channels that keep loved ones connected,” said Jim Ciampaglio, Vice President of Sales for Securus Technologies, an Aventiv company. “The Denver Sheriff Department’s commitment to the individuals in their custody and the Denver community is undeniable, and further demonstrated by adopting this tablet program. We are proud to work together on a technology-driven initiative that will drive better outcomes."

Headquartered in Carrollton, Texas, Securus Technologies, a subsidiary of Aventiv Technologies, serves more than 3,450 public safety, law enforcement and corrections agencies and over 1,100,000 incarcerated individuals across North America. The Aventiv organization is committed to providing emergency response, incident management, public information, investigation, biometric analysis, communication, information management, incarcerated self-service, and monitoring products and services in order to make our world a safer place to live. For more information, please visit www.Aventiv.com. Aventiv is a portfolio company of Platinum Equity. Founded in 1995 by Tom Gores, Platinum Equity is a global investment firm with a portfolio of approximately 40 operating companies that serve customers around the world.

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10/14/2022 | Scammers Impersonate Sheriff Deputies

Denver Sheriff Department Learns of Scammers Using Names and Ranks of Current Personnel: Deputy Sheriff Impersonator Running Phone Scam

Denver, CO – October 14, 2022

The Denver Sheriff Department (DSD) is urging the community to be vigilant regarding another telephone impersonation scam. The impersonator in the most recent cases is using real names and ranks of current DSD sworn personnel. It has been reported that the impersonator will tell the victim they were served a subpoena and failed to appear in court resulting in a fine, and they are subject to arrest if they do not comply and send money via Venmo or CashApp. The victim is then instructed not to speak about the case as there is a gag order issued from the judge. They additionally demanded a signature and a “signature verification fee” from the victim.

A Denver Deputy Sheriff will never request payment for not appearing in court, nor make contact by phone. A Deputy Sheriff would never suggest a member of the public meet someone on the street to pay cash or send money via Venmo or CashApp for not appearing in court. We encourage the community to be aware of these recent fraudulent activities and alert family members and friends.

If you receive a suspicious call from someone alleging to be a Denver Deputy Sheriff, please report the information to your local police department and use the link following to notify the Colorado State Attorney General’s Office of the activity, or call the Denver DA’s Fraud Hotline 720-913-9179.

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9/8/2022 | Deputy Sheriff's Arrest

Denver Sheriff Department Notified of Deputy Sheriff’s Arrest

Denver, CO – September 8, 2022

The Denver Sheriff Department (DSD) was notified this morning that Denver Deputy Sheriff Ernest Parker (S19-013) was arrested by the Aurora Police Department on charges of Assault in the Second Degree, Domestic Violence related, and Criminal Mischief for damaged property.

Close-up shot of the face of African-American man and Denver Deputy Sheriff, Ernest Parker, who was arrested by the Aurora Police Department

DSD immediately placed Parker on investigatory leave. The Office of the Independent Monitor has been notified and the Public Integrity Division has opened an investigation. Parker became a deputy sheriff in 2019 and is assigned to the Downtown Detention Center.

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8/29/2022 | Phone Scam

Denver Sheriff Department Cautions Community of Another Phone Scam: Deputy Sheriff Impersonator Running Phone Scam

Denver, CO – August 29, 2022

The Denver Sheriff Department (DSD) is urging the community to be vigilant regarding another telephone impersonation scam. The impersonator will “spoof” the Denver Sheriff Department information telephone number onto the victim’s caller ID but present the victim with a different callback number. It has been reported that the impersonator will tell the victim they were served a subpoena and failed to appear in court resulting in a fine. The victim is then instructed to go to the courthouse to meet the sheriff to pay the fees by cash or wire the money.

A Denver Deputy Sheriff will never request payment for not appearing in court, nor make contact by phone. A Deputy Sheriff would never suggest a member of the public meet someone on the street to pay cash or wire money for not appearing in court. We encourage the community to be aware of these recent fraudulent activities and alert family members and friends.

If you receive a suspicious call from someone alleging to be a Denver Deputy Sheriff, please report the information to your local police department and use the link following to notify the Colorado State Attorney General’s Office of the activity, or call the Denver DA’s Fraud Hotline 720-913-9179.

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8/15/2022 | Ride to Remember

Denver Sheriff Department Hosts Beyond the Call of Duty Ride to Remember: Honoring Fallen Deputy James Herrera and Deputy Daniel “Duke” Trujillo

Denver, CO – August 15, 2022

Today the Beyond the Call of Duty Ride to Remember 60ft truck and trailer escorted by Harley Davidson motorcycles stopped by the Denver Sheriff Department’s Downtown Detention Center. In honor and remembrance of Denver Sheriff Deputy James Herrera and Denver Sheriff Deputy Daniel “Duke” Trujillo their photos are on the trailer. They are among the many law enforcement officers that lost their lives while serving their community in 2021.

The Beyond the Call of Duty Ride to Remember travels 22,000 miles across America to ensure that no officer is forgotten, their families know their loved one has not been forgotten; and that there is recognition, support, and understanding to help them heal. The Beyond the Call of Duty organization also supports the department’s safety and training to help lower the number of fallen officers each year.

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6/25/2022 | First Latina Major

Denver Sheriff Department Promotes First Latina to Rank of Major

Denver, CO – July 25, 2022

The Denver Sheriff Department (DSD) is excited to announce the appointment of the first Latina to achieve the rank of major in the history of the department. Janelle Orozco will be sworn into this position on September 9, 2022. She has been with the DSD for almost 20 years and has worked her way up through the ranks from deputy, to sergeant, then captain, and now major.

“Incoming-Major Orozco has proven herself as a true leader of this department,” said Sheriff Elias Diggins. “With her extensive knowledge of our agency and desire to serve others, she will be a wonderful addition to the executive leadership team.”

Incoming-Major Orozco was recently the captain of the Correctional Care Medical Facility at Denver Health. Through the years she has served in multiple locations including Intake, Recruitment, the Downtown Detention Center, the Denver County Jail, and Facility Operations.

“It has been an honor to serve the residents of the City and County of Denver and to work with such amazing people,” said Incoming-Major Janelle Orozco. “I’m looking forward to continuing my contribution to the DSD as a member of the executive leadership team.”

Born and raised in Denver, Incoming-Major Orozco has been with the DSD since her early twenties. She currently serves as the secretary of the Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge 27, and has represented the FOP27 at community events and on legislative committees.

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6/16/2022 | Jail Mental Health Services

Denver Sheriff’s Plan for Mental Health Services in Denver Jails: Response to Denver Auditor’s Office Review of Mental Health Services

Denver, CO – June 6, 2022

The Denver Sheriff Department (DSD) made it a priority to elevate its mental health services during a global pandemic with a plan that included hiring the first-ever Chief of Mental Health Services. In January 2021, Sheriff Elias Diggins hired Dr. Nikki Johnson as the Chief of Mental Health Services for the DSD to oversee the work for which this audit has been reviewed. Many of the goals given to her when she took this role aligned with the challenges identified in this report and we are confident through the work of the dedicated professionals who make up our mental health service team, we will be successful.

“We have made mental health services a priority knowing the importance of addressing the mental health needs of individuals in custody,” said Denver Sheriff Elias Diggins. “Our goal is to provide best practices consistent with community mental health standards and to assist in the success of each individual as he or she reenters society.”

The DSD’s behavioral health services are innovative and above the standard. We collaborate with the Second Chance Center, Denver Health, and Jail Based Behavioral Health Services (JBBS) to ensure all individuals with mental health needs receive a warm hand-off to the community. We strive to release individuals back into the community better than how they arrived.

“Knowing we are the largest mental health services provider in the City and County of Denver, we are thankful for the opportunity to collaborate with Denver Health and expand the mental health services and programs focusing on individuals with serious mental illness,” said Dr. Nikki Johnson, Chief of Mental Health Services. “We are grateful for these recommendations from the Denver Auditor’s Office as we continue to fine-tune the policies, procedures, and data collection working towards overall excellence.”

The DSD recognizes the need for electronic health records and is working collaboratively with the Denver Health and Hospital Authority and the Denver Department of Safety to move this forward.

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5/21/2022 | Vote on the New K9's Name

Help! Pick the Denver Sheriff Department’s Newest K9’s Name: Naming Contest ends Tuesday, May 24 at Midnight

Denver, CO – May 21, 2022

The Denver Sheriff Department (DSD) needs the community’s help to pick a name for the newest K9 to join the DSD’s family. A link for casting votes is posted on the DSD’s social media channels. The contest will close on Tuesday, May 24 at midnight.

The DSD’s K9 Unit chose the names that the community will vote for. The new canine will be trained in explosive detection, so you can guess what some of the names may be.

Side-by-side images of a Denver Sheriff Department K9, a German Shorthaired Pointer, named Boomer. One is straight on, the other is profile. The dog has a brown head with floppy ears and mottled brown an white body and limbs.

It's simple: check out our social media posts, follow the link to cast your vote, and if you pick the winning name (majority wins), you'll be in the running as one of 20 people randomly chosen to attend, along with your family, a meet-and-greet with our newest K9!

Check out our K9 naming contest posts:

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5/20/2022 | Pick the New K9's Name Contest

Help! Pick the Denver Sheriff Department’s Newest K9’s Name Contest Launches on Saturday, May 21: Naming Contest will end Tuesday, May 24 at Midnight

Denver, CO – May 20, 2022

The Denver Sheriff Department (DSD) needs the community’s help to pick a name for our newest K9 who will be joining the DSD family. A picture of the pup and a link to cast a vote will be posted to DSD’s social media channels on Saturday, May 21 at 9 a.m. The community will have the opportunity to vote through midnight Tuesday, May 24.

A graphic showing a name badge with paw prints announcing the Denver Sheriff Department K9 Naming Contest.

DSD’s K9 Unit chose the names that the community will vote for. The new pup will be trained in explosive detection, so you can guess what some of the names may be.

It's simple: Starting at 9 a.m. on May 21 check out our social media posts to see a picture of the pup, follow the link to cast your vote, and if you pick the winning name (majority wins), you'll be in the running as one of 20 people randomly chosen to attend, along with your family, a meet-and-greet with our newest K9!

Check out our K9 naming contest teaser posts:

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4/18/2022 | Harm Reduction Release Bags

Denver Sheriff Department Launches Harm Reduction Release Bag Program: The Goal is to Save Lives

Denver, CO – April 18, 2022

Today, the Denver Sheriff Department launched the Harm Reduction Release Bag program. Individuals being released to the community from the Downtown Detention Center (DDC) and the Denver County Jail (COJL). The bags will include one dose of Narcan, five Fentanyl test strips, inpatient and outpatient Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) resources in the Denver area, and a contact number for Narcan replacement. Training videos will be played in all housing units and intake at both facilities to inform individuals in our custody of the program and how to use both the Narcan and Fentanyl test strips.

“The implementation of this program is a reflection of the immediate need there is to save lives because of the Fentanyl crisis our nation is experiencing,” said Denver Sheriff Elias Diggins. “Individuals who leave our custody are at risk for overdose, offering them a Harm Reduction Release Bag may save their life or someone they know.”

Across the state of Colorado, the opioid epidemic has become increasingly deadly as the prevalence of Fentanyl rises. The Denver Department of Public Health and Environment estimates that there were approximately 449 drug-related deaths in Denver last year.

“We want to ensure that everyone who would like Narcan, Fentanyl test strips, and MAT resources have them upon release to the community,” said Dr. Nikki Johnson, Chief of Mental Health Services. “Our goal is to save lives, so we can engage individuals in substance misuse treatment while looking towards the future of decreasing recidivism and increasing sobriety.”

Individuals being released from jail and prison are at an extremely high risk of overdose upon release, specifically two weeks upon release, ranging from 40 to 129 times more likely to die from overdose than the general public.

This will be a 90-day pilot program, which will be reviewed after 30 days, to determine sustainability based on need.

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4/14/2022 | Returning to the Community

Denver Sheriff Department and Remerg Partner to Create “Bringing the Community to Jail Project"

Denver, CO – April 14, 2022

The Denver Sheriff Department (DSD) and Remerg have partnered to create the “Bringing the Community to Jail Project” for individuals in custody at Denver’s Downtown Detention Center (DDC) and Denver County Jail (COJL). This project includes 40 videos on topics such as reentry, community support, housing, healthcare, trauma, and much more.

“It’s extremely important that we equip individuals in custody with information and resources that will help them be successful when they are released,” said Sheriff Elias Diggins. “We are grateful to Remerg and the partnership we have created to provide this comprehensive program.”

Remerg visited with the organizations highlighted in the videos to capture their messages in their own words including many leaders and program participants who have experienced incarceration. The video collaboration project with DSD allows Remerg to assess how videos can help incarcerated people learn about and connect to community resources.

“With these videos, if we can help someone incarcerated learn about and want to connect to the help they need to start over, they’re on their way to a better outcome and not coming back,” said Carol Peeples, Founder & Director of Remerg. “Remerg is grateful for the opportunity to work with DSD and thankful to the organizations and their clients who trusted us to tell their story. It’s the stories that make the connections to the resources.”

“It’s extremely important that we equip individuals in custody with information and resources that will help them be successful when they are released,” said Sheriff Elias Diggins. “We are grateful to Remerg and the partnership we have created to provide this comprehensive program.”

The videos are playing on a regular schedule at the DDC and COJL facilities. Individuals interested in the resources work with DSD’s program staff to connect to the organizations showcased in the videos. Contact information for each organization is being made available and DSD is looking into making outgoing phone calls free to individuals in custody who contact the organizations directly to make connections prior to release.

The Bringing the Community to Jail Project was supported by federal grant 2020-VD-BX-0209, issued by the Colorado Division of Criminal Justice.

The videos will be made public on DSD and Remerg’s YouTube accounts, so that the public, community organizations, and other correctional facilities may view and share this information with their clients.

Remerg is a nonprofit based in Denver that works to keep people from recidivating to Colorado’s jails and prisons after they’ve been released. Remerg provides the public service re-entry website Remerg.com, a statewide website curated specifically for people starting over after release from incarceration. In addition, Remerg provides a call line to help people with connections to resources, sponsors a mentoring program, and supports efforts to connect people with a criminal record to career-path employment.

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3/15/2022 | 4,000 COVID-19 Vaccines

Denver Sheriff Department and Denver Health Hit a Milestone Distributing 4,000 COVID-19 Vaccines to Individuals in Denver’s Custody

Denver, CO – March 15, 2022

The Denver Sheriff Department (DSD) and Denver Health medical staff have distributed more than 4,000 COVID-19 vaccines to individuals in custody at the Downtown Detention Center and the Denver County Jail.

“As our communities continue to combat COVID-19, we mark this milestone and our journey to educate and vaccinate those in our custody,” said Sheriff Elias Diggins

The distribution of COVID-19 vaccines to individuals in custody began in March 2021. Then at the beginning of November 2021, an incentive program was implemented. The program offers 10 Ramen noodle soups or a combination of 1 coffee and 5 Ramen noodle soups for each COVID-19 vaccine that an individual receives. Inmates that had already received a vaccine dosage while in DSD custody were offered these items for each COVID-19 vaccine dose. Educational material, videos, and one-on-one conversations have also been provided about the COVID-19 virus and the COVID-19 vaccinations.

From March 2021 through October 2021, 1,673 vaccine dosages had been distributed. From November 1, 2021, through the end of the year an additional 2,328 COVID-19 vaccine dosages were distributed for a total of 4,001 vaccines. The incentive program has proven to be very popular and successful with tripling the number of vaccination dosages.

“Providing COVID-19 vaccines in Denver Jails is very important when trying to slow the spread of the virus,” said Carmen Kassatly, Denver Health’s Jail Administrator. “The vaccine incentive program has been a great tool to help start the conversation and answer questions about being vaccinated.”

The first Moderna vaccine was given on March 17, 2021, at the Downtown Detention Center, and on March 18, 2021, at the Denver County Jail. Currently, both Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are offered to individuals in custody. If someone is released from custody before receiving the second dose of the Moderna vaccine, resource material and instructions are provided to them by Denver Health medical staff. The COVID-19 vaccinations will continue to be distributed to those who would like to receive them.

Denver Health is a comprehensive health and hospital system that provides high-quality care for all people, regardless of their ability to pay. We deliver medical care to one-third of Denver’s population, proudly serving as the city’s safety-net hospital and providing preventative, primary and acute care services. For more than 160 years, Denver Health has been deeply rooted in the health and well-being of the community, providing high-quality clinical care, top-notch education and training for health care workers, and furthering critical research to benefit our patients. We are guided by our mission to serve our community with excellence, compassion, and stewardship as we work to ensure all people have access to the care and programs they need to be happy, healthy and successful.

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3/11/2022 | Twelve New Deputies

Denver Sheriff Department Graduation Ceremony: Celebrating Twelve New Deputies

Denver, CO – March 11, 2022

Today, Executive Director of Public Armando Saldate and Sheriff Elias Diggins welcomed twelve new deputies to the Denver Sheriff Department (DSD) at the graduation ceremony for the fourth class of 2021, class 2021-4.

“It is a privilege to be part of this ceremony and watch family members and friends support the new deputies as they begin a journey that will not be easy but will be very fulfilling,” said Safety Executive Director Armando Saldate. “There is no greater honor than to serve as a public safety officer, and the badge these recruits received today is a badge of trust that they will wear with pride and dignity as they serve this great city.”

The new deputy sheriffs completed a very challenging sixteen-week academy and now join a public safety team comprised of dedicated public servants who play a vital role in maintaining the safety and security of the individuals in their care within our jails.

“It is an honor to swear in these deputies who have dedicated themselves to protect and serve the City and County of Denver,” said Denver Sheriff Elias Diggins. “We continue to recruit women and men who are passionate about serving others, and looking for a great career.”

The new deputies will begin their new assignments at the Downtown Detention Center and the Denver County Jail where they will be responsible for providing safe and secure custody for inmates. The next DSD Training Academy will begin on Monday, March 21, and we are currently recruiting for the July 11, 2022 academy. Interested individuals can apply from our Careers webpage.

3/2/2022 | Telephone Impersonation Scam

Denver Sheriff Department Cautions Community of Phone Scam: Deputy Sheriff Impersonator Running Phone Scam

Denver, CO – March 2, 2022

The Denver Sheriff Department (DSD) is urging the community to be vigilant regarding a telephone impersonation scam. The impersonator will “spoof” the Denver Sheriff Department information telephone number on to the victim’s caller ID but present the victim with a different call back number. It has been reported that the impersonator will request the victim to meet to pay the bond or bail or wire money for payment of the warrant. Recently, victims have met an unknown male near the Downtown Detention Center to pay a cash bond or bail. The victim is then instructed to go to the downtown jail to finalize the release of a family member.

A Denver Deputy Sheriff will never request payment for a warrant, bond, or bail nor make contact by phone. A Deputy Sheriff would never meet or suggest a member of the public meet someone on the street to pay cash for a bond or bail. We encourage the community to be aware of these recent fraudulent activities and alert family members and friends.

If you receive a suspicious call from someone alleging to be a Denver Deputy Sheriff, please report the information to your local police department and use the link following to notify the Colorado State Attorney General’s Office of the activity, or call the Denver DA’s Fraud Hotline 720-913-9179.

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11/16/2021 | Criminal Charges Filing Team

Denver Sheriff Department Announces Creation of Criminal Charges Filing Team (CCFT)

Denver, CO – November 16, 2021

With the support of Mayor Michael B. Hancock, Denver City Attorney Kristin Bronson (CAO), and Denver District Attorney Beth McCann (DA), today Executive Director of Safety Murphy Robinson and Sheriff Elias Diggins announced the creation of a new unit in the Denver Sheriff Department (DSD).

The Criminal Charges Filing Team (CCFT) will investigate and file charges for law violations that occur in DSD facilities. The violations include assaults on staff or other inmates, possession of drugs or weapons, and other offenses. During the process, the CCFT will work closely with the CAO and DA’s offices. Prior to the creation of the CCFT, the DSD has always relied on the Denver Police Department (DPD) to complete this task. DPD will continue to assist the DSD with investigations into major crimes.

“This is a historic day for our Department as we move forward as an agency,” said Sheriff Elias Diggins. “The talented law enforcement professionals who are a part of the Denver Sheriff Department thank all of the officials who supported this effort. We appreciate the continued partnership of Chief Pazen and his leadership team as we make this transition as well.”

The CCFT will be made up of five Denver deputy sheriffs and a Denver Sheriff sergeant. DSD Chief Vince Line will serve as the Project Manager for standing up the CCFT and will work with DPD Division Chief Ron Thomas through the transition.

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10/29/2021 | Inmate Vaccine Incentive Program

Denver Sheriff Department Implements Vaccine Incentive Program for Inmates

Denver, CO – October 29, 2021

The Denver Sheriff Department (DSD) implemented a vaccine incentive program for individuals that are in Denver’s custody today. As the DSD and Denver Health and Hospital Authority continue to try and slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus, this incentive program is another way to encourage them to take the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

“In jails across America, vaccine incentive programs for individuals in custody are working and we decided to move forward with implementing one as well,” said Sheriff Elias Diggins. “We will evaluate the program monthly and hope that it will make a difference as we all continue to combat COVID.”

The incentive program will offer 10 Ramen noodle soups or a combination of 1 coffee and 5 Ramen noodle soups for each COVID-19 vaccine that an individual receives. Inmates that have already received a vaccine dosage while in DSD custody will also be offered these items for each COVID-19 vaccine dose.

The DSD will continue to work with Denver Health and Hospital Authority, and the Denver Department of Public Health & Environment toward one goal and that is to keep those working and detained in Denver Jails safe. Current COVID-19, vaccination, and average daily population data for Denver Jails can be found on the Denver Sheriff Department Data & Statistics webpage.

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9/23/2021 | Medal of Valor Awarded

Deputy Ida McComb Recognized for Her Selfless Actions

Denver, CO – September 23, 2021

Denver Sheriff Elias Diggins presented Deputy Ida McComb with the Medal of Valor at a ceremony earlier today. Deputy McComb was recognized for her quick actions while working in a housing unit at the Downtown Detention Center.

An individual in-custody allegedly attacked Deputy McComb when she was retrieving an item he had requested. As other individuals in the housing unit became aware of the incident, they quickly came to her aid to separate her from the inmate who attacked her and began to deliver strikes to him in her defense. Deputy McComb quickly gained her composure and began to give commands, ordering individuals away from the inmate she believed attacked her and reestablished control of the housing unit while calling for assistance. Her quick thinking and response redirected a situation that could have spiraled out of control. Additional information cannot be released at this time, due to an open investigation.

“Deputy McComb displayed the valor it takes to be a Denver Deputy Sheriff and led with her humanity,” said Sheriff Elias Diggins. “She was faced with a very challenging circumstance and with her swift and selfless actions, diffused a volatile situation.”

Deputy McComb joined the Denver Sheriff Department in March 2021 and is assigned to the Downtown Detention Center. She currently serves in the Army reserves. As an Army Reservist for 11 ½ years, she has served in Kuwait, Qatar, Germany and Panama.

The Medal of Valor is a prestigious award that is given by the Sheriff to deputies who have exhibited exceptional courage, regardless of personal safety, in the attempt to save or protect others.

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9/3/2021 | K9 Retires

Denver Sheriff Department's K9 KUKO Retires: Served Fives Years as Deputy Curry's Partner

Denver, CO – September 3, 2021

The Denver Sheriff Department (DSD) is thankful to KUKO for the great work, commitment, and dedication he has shown over the past five years. It’s now time for him to retire and relax.

KUKO joined the DSD as Deputy John Curry’s partner in 2016 at the age of 13 months. KUKO is trained in detecting narcotics and contraband odors and is very good at his job. Over the last five years, they detected large amounts of narcotics, marijuana, weapons, and illegal drugs.

This dynamic duo have been the recipient of 2 National Police Canine Association Awards for Detection Cases of the Quarter, which includes all K9 teams in the North-West Region of the United States.

KUKO came to the United States and joined the DSD K9 family from the Czech Republic in Central Europe. KUKO’s badge number is SK9-007 (get it double-O-seven). The name KUKO was his given name when he came to the DSD.

KUKO will live the rest of his life with Deputy Curry and his family as a retired officer.

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8/25/2021 | Sergeant Receives Award

Sergeant Eric Givens Receives the Unparalleled Community Service Award

Denver, CO – August 25, 2021

The Denver Sheriff Department’s (DSD) Sergeant Eric Givens was recognized for his dedication to the community with the Unparalleled Community Service Award by the Rocky Mountain Law Enforcement Federal Credit Union.

Sergeant Givens is the personification of being dedicated to the community. As the Supervisor of Recruitment, he takes pride in reaching all communities and enlists people from all walks of life to join the law enforcement field. In going above and beyond the call of duty, he spends his personal time attending community events, gatherings and festivals as a volunteer to assist with safety and security. He also loves working with the youth from all neighborhoods and gives great words of wisdom and advice when he meets them.

Sergeant Givens has kept DSD connected to one of the most vulnerable populations; veterans who are experiencing homelessness. As a veteran of the U.S. Army, he has a personal commitment to take care of those who have sacrificed so much for our nation. Multiple times a year he organizes DSD employees to volunteer at the Homeless Veteran Outreach to pass out meals and food boxes at the Soldiers Angel events.

Sergeant Givens is a person whose commitment to the community has had an unparalleled positive impact on others.

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6/17/2021 | 1,000 COVID-19 Vaccines

Denver Sheriff Department and Denver Health Distribute More Than 1,000 COVID-19 Vaccines to Those In-custody

Denver - The Denver Sheriff Department (DSD) and Denver Health medical staff have distributed more than 1,000 COVID-19 vaccines to individuals in-custody at the Downtown Detention Center and the Denver County Jail.

“It’s important to offer voluntary opportunities for people in custody to protect themselves against the COVID-19 virus,” said Sheriff Elias Diggins. “The vaccine is the best tool for this and we are encouraged that so many individuals have chosen to take it.”

Educational material, videos and one-on-one conversations have been provided about the COVID-19 virus and the COVID-19 vaccinations.

“Providing COVID-19 vaccines in Denver Jails is very important when trying to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus,” said Carmen Kassatly, Denver Health’s Jail Administrator. “We do our best to educate and answer patient questions about the COVID-19 vaccine. Every patient has the option to take the vaccine free of charge.”

The first Moderna vaccine was given on March 17, 2021 at the Downtown Detention Center and on March 18, 2021 at the Denver County Jail. Currently both Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are offered to individuals in-custody. If someone is released from custody before receiving the second dose of the Moderna vaccine, resource material and instructions are provided to them by Denver Health medical staff. The COVID-19 vaccinations will continue to be distributed to those who would like to receive it.

Vaccine Administered by Race as of June 17, 2021

This table shows the number of individuals with a COVID-19 vaccine at the Denver Jails broken down by race. The table includes individuals who received the vaccine at the Denver Jails and Denver Health Medical Center.

 

American Indian / American Native

Asian

Black, African American

Decline to Provide

Native Hawaiian / Pacific Islander

Other

White

Total

Johnson and Johnson

0

2

49

0

0

2

106

159

Dose 1

Dose 2

Moderna

7

3

10

8

6

14

155

97

252

10

7

17

3

2

5

3

3

6

351

205

556

537

323

860

Dose 1

Dose 2

Pfizer

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

1

14

6

20

16

7

23

TOTAL

10

16

303

17

5

9

682

1042


Vaccine Administered by Ethnicity as of June 17, 2021

This table shows number of individuals with a COVID-19 vaccine at the Denver Jails broken down by ethnicity. The table includes individuals who received the vaccine at the Denver Jails and Denver Health Medical Center.

 

Decline to Provide

Hispanic / Latin / a / o / x

Hispanic / Latin / a / o / x

Total

Johnson and Johnson

9

40

110

159

Dose 1

Dose 2

Moderna

41

26

67

153

94

247

343

203

546

537

323

860

Dose 1

Dose 2

Pfizer

1

1

2

11

3

14

4

3

7

16

7

23

TOTAL

78

301

663

1042

Denver Health is a comprehensive health and hospital system that provides high-quality care for all people, regardless of their ability to pay. We deliver medical care to one-third of Denver’s population, proudly serving as the city’s safety-net hospital and providing preventative, primary and acute care services. For more than 160 years, Denver Health has been deeply rooted in the health and well-being of the community, providing high-quality clinical care, top-notch education and training for health care workers, and furthering critical research to benefit our patients. We are guided by our mission to serve our community with excellence, compassion, and stewardship as we work to ensure all people have access to the care and programs they need to be happy, healthy and successful.

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6/15/2021 | Honoring Fallen Deputies

Honoring Deputies Who Lost Their Lives in the Line of Duty

Denver, CO – June 15, 2021
The Denver Sheriff Department (DSD) remembered and honored the contribution of the deputies who lost their lives in the line of duty at the Annual Fallen Officer Memorial Ceremony earlier today.

The memorial ceremony is traditionally held the second week of May during National Police Week, with May 15 being Peace Officers Memorial Day, but this year it was postponed and rescheduled for June 15. During that month span, the DSD lost two deputies to COVID-19 related complications. Both of their deaths have been declared departmental line of duty deaths.

“It is with the highest levels of respect that we recognize these deputies, who served the people of the City and County of Denver with honor and dedication,” said Denver Sheriff Elias Diggins. “As they made the ultimate sacrifice, we thank them and we are eternally grateful to their families.”

The fallen deputies who were honored are:

  • Edward B. Baird passed away March 16, 1906.
    In a blinding snow storm, about 30 miles west of Pueblo, Baird and the prisoner he was transporting were killed when a local and an express train were involved in a head-on collision.
  • John D. Osborne passed away August 7, 1974.
    During an inmate’s attempted escape from the Denver County Jail, Osborne was stabbed to death.
  • Edward A. Martinez passed away November 15, 1980.
    Shortly after a struggle with an inmate during the book-in process, Martinez suffered a fatal heart attack.
  • Daniel R. Stillwell passed away September 6, 1987.
    Stillwell was attacked and shot with his own revolver by an inmate at the hospital trying to escape.
  • Norman “Tony” Silva II passed away February 3, 1993.
    Silva was accidentally shot and killed when his partner’s weapon discharged after transporting an inmate to jail.
  • James A. Herrera passed away May 16, 2021.
    Herrera was working during the global pandemic, he contracted the COVID-19 virus and succumbed to related complications.
  • Daniel “Duke” Trujillo passed away May 26, 2021.
    While working during the global pandemic, Trujillo contracted the COVID-19 virus and succumbed to related complications.

The memorial ceremony video is posted on the DSD Facebook page @denversheriffsdepartment.

AGENDA:
11:00 a.m. - Honor Guard Marches to Formation/Posts
11:05 a.m. - Song & Unveiling of Memorial Stone
11:15 a.m. - Introductions by Captain Olivia

  • Invocation
  • Mayor Michael B. Hancock
  • Executive Director of Safety, Mr. Murphy Robinson
  • Sheriff Elias Diggins
  • Roll Call of Fallen Officers
    • Presentation of framed etchings and roses to family members
  • Moment of Silence
  • Placement of Wreaths at Memorial Stone
  • 21 Gun Salute
  • Taps - Flags Lowered to Half Mast
  • Presentation of Flag(s)
  • Conclusion of Ceremony

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3/17/2021 | First COVID-19 Vaccines In Jails

Denver Sheriff Department and Denver Health Distributed First COVID-19 Vaccines in the Jails

Denver, CO – March 17, 2021

The Denver Sheriff Department (DSD) and Denver Health medical staff today distributed the first COVID-19 vaccines to individuals in-custody (60 -years-old) at the Downtown Detention Center. The COVID-19 vaccines will be distributed at the Denver County Jail starting tomorrow.

Twenty-two individuals received their first-dose of the Moderna vaccine. If someone is released from custody before receiving the second dose of the Moderna vaccine, resource material and instructions will be provided to them by Denver Health medical staff.

The Johnson & Johnson vaccine has been ordered and will also be offered to individuals in-custody. The COVID-19 vaccinations will continue to be distributed to those who are eligible to receive a vaccination per the State’s phased plan.

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