Articles

One Sided Attack from: Gun Law Suit? Selecting a Candidate? Personal Vendetta?

by Sheriff Terry Maketa

Gazette reporter Dave Philipps again demonstrates his lack of journalistic integrity and inability to serve the readers of our community by leaving out pertinent facts in his article, “Sheriff sets own policies.” This is not the first time he has allowed his personal bias to misrepresent and...

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Black Forest Fire Investigation

by Sheriff Terry Maketa

It seems the community is unclear about how the Black Forest Fire investigation has been handled from the start. While I am not a firefighter, I am the Fire Warden of El Paso County, per State Statute CRS 30-10-513, titled: “Sheriff in Charge of Forest or Prairie Fire-Expenses”, which affords...

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School Safety: Common Sense is the Answer

by Sheriff Terry Maketa

School safety has taken center stage as a topic of national discussion these days. It is actually no surprise, given the recent tragic events at Sandy Hook Elementary. Unfortunately, school safety seems to center around, or serve as, justification for the vast number of proposed bills that...

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Universal Background Check: The Big Lie!

by Sheriff Terry Maketa

There has been tremendous discussion concerning universal background checks especially in this state. Let me begin by saying that extreme liberal politicians are quick to use the words “universal background check” to sell their agenda to the public, knowing full well Colorado already has...

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Still My Accusations Go Unanswered

by Sheriff Terry Maketa

Senator Morse has yet to defend his actions. He has name-called and talked about how offended he is, but has made no attempt to specifically answer the allegations I’ve mentioned.

I stand by my statement that his leadership had the final say in the rules being changed. He claims I...

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An Injustice Against our Citizens

by Sheriff Terry Maketa

Monday, March 4, 2013, was unlike any day I’ve experienced in my 12 years testifying at the Colorado State Capitol. During my tenure, I’ve had numerous opportunities to participate in legislative processes from draft proposal to signature of a bill making it law.

I’ve witnessed many...

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Gun Control: A Superficial Approach to a Complex Problem

by Sheriff Terry Maketa

Gun Control: A Superficial Approach to a Complex Problem

Most citizens throughout El Paso County are well aware of my second amendment stance. I have recently received several emails asking my position on this subject as well as my position on gun control and weapons bans. In...

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Ballot Initiative 1A Thanks

by Sheriff Terry Maketa

I want to take this opportunity to extend my deepest thanks to you, the voters of El Paso County. Thank you for listening, thank you for caring, and thank you for voting yes on 1A. You have helped elevate the safety of the deputies who have sworn to uphold the law and protect the citizens of...

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Sheriff's Office Cost Saving Measures and Programs

by Sheriff Terry Maketa

Law Enforcement

2012 – National Information Sharing

After two years of effort, we became the first law enforcement agency in the state of Colorado to go live with the FBI’s National Data Exchange program (NDEx). This...

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This is How We Got Here – Questions to Critical Needs Answered

by Sheriff Terry Maketa

Question 1: The Sheriff has brought forward this proposal literally at the last minute without adequate time for community discussion and consideration of alternatives.  He surfaced the idea on Friday, August 24, just two weeks before the County’s deadline for certifying ballot...

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Editorial Response - Concept of a Police State

by Sheriff Terry Maketa

The September 5, edition of The Gazette is an excellent example of why the editorial page is so valuable to the voters of this city.

This edition contained a letter from John Tucker encouraging us to vote to approve a proposed sales tax increase that will appear on our...

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When Did This Happen - It Didn't

by Sheriff Terry Maketa

In response to "WHEN DID THIS HAPPEN", authored by Addy M. Hansen, it's important to make sure the public has an understanding about the operation of the Detox Facility. The Detoxification Facility is NOT part of the jail, nor are the clients housed in the jail; they never have been and never...

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GeoCast – A Tool for Emergency Responders

by Sheriff Terry Maketa

The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office is committed to ensuring the safety of our community. During emergency situations, we will use all available tools to alert and notify residents of our county. One of the tools we use which is often a topic of discussion is the GeoCast System (also referred...

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Equal Opportunity or A Sense of Entitlement

by Sheriff Terry Maketa

On April 1, 2012, former El Paso County Sheriff’s Deputy Henry Allen indicated there was no level playing field at the executive staff level of the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office because there are no African Americans or Latinos at the commander or chief ranks. He failed to explain there are...

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EPSO Speaks out against assumptions concerning Proposition 102

by Sheriff Terry Maketa

Proposition 102 proposes amending the Colorado Statutes to prohibit the release of a defendant on an unsecured bond to a pretrial services program unless the defendant is arrested for a first offense that is also a non violent misdemeanor. Primary advocates for this legislation are bond...

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Immigration Priorities: Politics or Public Safety

by Sheriff Terry Maketa

At 8:46 a.m., September 11, 2001, our lives and country changed forever when American Airlines, Flight 11, crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center. People watched in horror as another commercial jet, United Airlines, Flight 175, crashed into the South Tower. Within an hour, two...

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"Cops Shouldn't Be Bullies" - Sheriff Maketa Responds

by Sheriff Terry Maketa

Sheriff's Response to Teen's Suicide:


Sheriff Maketa's response to “Cops shouldn't be bullies,” found in The Gazette, Opinion: Letters Section, on Wednesday, March 24, 2009.


It is unfortunate that a local reporter found it more...

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Citizens Volunteers Patrol our Streets and Neighborhoods

by Sheriff Terry Maketa

In today’s economic times, we are all very watchful of our dollars and some of us are living on limited resources and have to find ways to stretch our dollar even more.  We, in the Sheriff’s Office, are feeling the same monetary effects of today’s economy.  We are also facing growing citizen...

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High Court Wants Sheriff to Partially Release File

by Sheriff Terry Maketa

Sheriff Maketa's response to “High Court Wants Sheriff to Partially Release File,” found in The Gazette, Metro Section, on Tuesday, November 11, 2008.

This is in response to the article entitled, “High Court Wants Sheriff to Partially Release File” from the November...

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A Letter to the Editor: The Sheriff provides the rest of the story...

by Sheriff Terry Maketa

Source: The Gazette - Colorado Springs

Section: Opinion: Letters

Date: Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Setting priorities Sheriff's deputies needed for emergencies, not evictions

Regarding The Gazette's Nov. 10 article, "Police tackle a...

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