Message from the Sheriff

Several laws related to firearms were enacted by the legislature this year and signed into law by the governor. Below is a list. HB13-1224- Prohibits large-capacity magazines (more than 15 rounds).  HB13-1228- Fees for funding gun background checks.  HB13-1229- Universal background checks for all gun sales.  SB13-197- Prevents domestic violence offenders from possessing firearms.  SB13-195- Requires in-person training for […]

As the fire season approaches, it might be helpful to explain to our residents once again, as we did last year, our procedure and rationale for imposing or lifting fire restrictions. In my role as sheriff and county fire warden, early every morning I check the fire weather on the National Weather Service’s website.  When […]

The following opinion piece by Sheriff Palmer appeared in the January 31st editions of the Mountain Mail and Chaffee County Times newspapers.   El Paso County commissioners recently passed a resolution pledging to oppose any efforts to enforce laws that, in their view, restrict their citizens’ rights under the Second Amendment to the US Constitution.  Weld […]

Because Chaffee County wants to reach everyone affected by an emergency whether or not they have signed up for CodeRED®, two Chaffee County telephone number databases are already available to the system. One is the emergency 9-1-1 database all public safety agencies in Chaffee County use whenever someone dials 9-1-1. The other is a database […]

Amendment 64, a measure that would legalize the possession, cultivation, use, and sale of marijuana in Colorado, will be on the November ballot.  If adopted, the law becomes embedded within the Colorado Constitution making it difficult if not impossible to later amend or repeal.  Voters should be aware of the provisions of the amendment and of […]

The following is a press release composed by Salida Police Chief Terry Clark. On September 17, 2012 the Chaffee County Drug Task Force executed 4 Felony arrest warrants in Salida and Chaffee County. The arrests stem from several months of work by the task force.   The 4 people arrested are charged with unlawful distribution of […]

CHAFFEE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE     Salida,Colorado M E M O R A N D U M   TO:                  Chaffee County Board of Commissioners FROM:            John Spezze, Undersheriff  DATE:             August 29, 2012 SUBJECT:     2013 Budget Request Last year we submitted the first budget request by this administration, for calendar year 2012.  In that request we set ourselves […]

Caution.  Unintentional discharge when holstering In June 2012, a law enforcement officer in another state was participating in firearms training at a department range.  The officer was using a .40 caliber SIG P229 DAK double-action trigger carried in a right-handed Blackhawk Serpa CQC concealment paddle-style holster.  The officer was wearing a light weight wet-weather jacket […]

The horrific murders in Aurora prompt me to write this to our concealed handgun permit holders, reminding them that, along with the exercise of your Constitutional right to carry a firearm comes weighty responsibilities as well.  Envision yourself in that darkened, packed theater when that satanic lunatic, clad in protective body armor, started shooting: darkness, […]

From our newsletter… ** The sheriff’s office and Chaffee County Build A Generation, in cooperation with the Buena Vista and Salida police departments, will be organizing a second Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.   This one will be held on Saturday, September 29, from 10am-2pm as part of the national event sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration.  […]