Search and Rescue Missions

CHAFFEE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Salida, Colorado PRESS RELEASE April 15, 2018 On Friday, April 6, 2018, the Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office received information that inmates housed in the Chaffee County Detention Facility were actively trying to tunnel out of one of the housing pods within the detention facility. This information was brought to Sheriff John […]

CHAFFEE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Salida, Colorado PRESS RELEASE April 3, 2018 On April 3, 2018, Easter Sunday, a fire started west of Buena Vista. The fire was being fanned by strong winds and was travelling in the direction of homes south of the origin of the fire. It became necessary to issue an evacuation warning […]

On February 6, 2018 Sheriff John Spezze presented Deputy Jesse Sanderlin with one of the highest honors given to a Chaffee County Deputy, the Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office Distinguished Service Cross. Sheriff Spezze told those in attendance that in December, 2017 Deputy Sanderlin was on routine patrol and observed a vehicle with a driver that […]

Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office is accepting applications for a Communications Officer/Dispatcher. Applicants must be 21 years of age with a good driving record and no criminal history.  They must have good hearing in both ears, be able to multi-task, ability to type, and have a high school diploma (or equivalent). Only applications from the Sheriff’s […]

CHAFFEE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Salida, Colorado PRESS RELEASE December 24, 2017 On December 24, 2017 at approximately 2pm the Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office was contacted in regards to a child welfare issue. The reporting party related that she was to have her kids returned to her on the December 24th, by the children’s father. The […]

The Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office along with the Salida and Buena Vista Police Departments, Colorado State Patrol and Colorado Parks and Wildlife took part again this year in the Annual Shop with a Cop event. Seventeen Officers took part in the event along with 12 local children. With assistance from the Officers, the children purchase […]

CHAFFEE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Salida, Colorado PRESS RELEASE December 17, 2017 On December 17, 2017 at approximately 12:00 pm the Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office received a call of a domestic disturbance in Poncha Springs. Deputies contacted the female victim who related that she went to her ex-husbands residence to get her kids and when she […]

****UPDATE***** CHAFFEE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Salida, Colorado PRESS RELEASE December 3, 2017 On December 2, 2017 a male died in a skiing accident at the Monarch Ski area after hitting a tree on the Mirage run. This skier has been identified as Collin J. Zak, age 23, a native of Ohio. Zak was currently serving […]

CHAFFEE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Salida, Colorado PRESS RELEASE October 10, 2017 On October Tuesday, 10th , the search for Shuei Koto, missing since October 7th, after he left to hike and summit Missouri Peak, resumed at 0700 hours. Chaffee County SAR utilized fixed wing aircraft outfitted with infrared technology, supplied by the Dept of Homeland […]

At this time we are not asking for any additional volunteers. In these weather conditions your safety would be a a major concern. We understand the desire to help but we have professional, knowledgeable expert Search and Rescue members who are searching for this hiker. If additional personnel are needed we will notify the media […]