Investigations Division

General Information

The Investigations Division is responsible for investigating the vast majority of felony cases against persons and property occurring in the unincorporated areas of El Paso County.  The division includes the Major Crimes Unit, General Investigations Unit, Sex Crimes Unit and the Financial/Computer Crimes Unit.  The Division is also responsible for the Evidence Facility, Victim Advocates and members of the Metro Crime Lab and Metro VNI.  The Division is led by a commander and is overseen by two lieutenants.

The Major Crimes Unit consists of a sergeant and five detectives.  This Unit is responsible for investigating cases involving crimes against persons.  These cases include suspicious deaths, homicide, aggravated robberies, kidnapping, major assaults and attempted murders.

The General Investigations Unit is supervised by a sergeant and is comprised of three detectives.  This Unit is responsible for property crimes, primarily conducting follow up on residential and business burglaries, theft, motor vehicle thefts and criminal trespass auto.

The Sex Crimes Unit consists of a sergeant, five detectives, and a sex offender coordinator.  This Unit is responsible for investigating all sexual related offenses.  These include, but are not limited to sexual assault, child molestation, luring, and incest.  The Unit is also responsible for conducting compliance checks on registered sex offenders, maintaining a database of registered sex offenders and providing awareness to the public of sexually violent predators.

The Financial/Computer Crimes Unit consists of a sergeant and five detectives.  This Unit is responsible for investigating financial and computer related crimes.  This includes identity theft, fraud, forgery, financially related scams, organized crime, sexual exploitation of children, and computer related crimes.

The two-person Evidence Unit receives, stores, and maintains all of the evidence taken into custody by the Sheriff's Office. Additionally, this section handles found property, impounded vehicles, and pieces of property held for safekeeping.

Members of the Victims Assistance Program respond to victims of violent crime and/or their families, victims in crisis, and family survivors in cases of violent and sudden death. Victim advocates are non-sworn, civilian employees and volunteers of the El Paso County Sheriff's Office who are available 365 days a year. These advocates provide outreach and assess the needs of victims, provide information and referrals about resources in the community, victims’ compensation benefits, and education and awareness of victims’ rights. Advocates work in cooperation with other community service provider agencies.

The Metro VNI section is a multi-agency task force partially comprised of members of our agency. The purpose of this section is to reduce crimes that involve illegal drug activity and acts that are contradictory to community morals.

The men and women of the Investigations Division take great pride in the trust that is bestowed upon them as investigators. They desire nothing more than to be the voice of victims as they seek out the truth from the beginning stages of an investigation until it concludes in the prosecution of individuals responsible for the crime.

The Colorado Springs Police Department and the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office formed a joint forensic laboratory at the time the Police Operations Center first opened in 1993. The Metro Crime Lab provides impartial and professional documentation, collection and evaluation of a variety of different types of physical evidence. The two chemists, two firearms examiners, six crime scene technicians and two DNA analysts provide analysis and expert courtroom testimony for a variety of forensic disciplines.

The two-person Evidence Unit receives, stores, and maintains all of the evidence taken into custody by the Sheriff's Office. Additionally, this section handles found property, impounded vehicles, and pieces of property held for safekeeping. Arrangements for the return of property are completed by appointment. 

The Evidence Unit destroys a considerable amount of items each year. This is due to many reasons, but in each case the item has been approved for release or destruction by policy or order of the District Attorney.  Some examples of reasons for destruction include: The item was destroyed (typically weapons) as part of a plea agreement; The item contains bodily fluids and potential biohazards rendering them unsafe to retain or release; statute of limitations no longer governs the keeping of evidence; Illegal weapons, drugs and drug paraphernalia.

The Metro Vice, Narcotics and Intelligence (Metro VNI) Division is a multi-agency task force involving law enforcement partnerships between the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office, Colorado Springs Police Department, 4th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, Teller County Sheriff’s Office, Fountain Police Department and the Woodland Park Police Department. Metro VNI is comprised of Street Impact Teams, an Intelligence Team and Liquor Enforcement Unit.

The Victim Assistance Program is a Unit within the Investigations Division of the El Paso County Sheriff's Office. The Unit responds to victims of violent crime and/or their families, victims in crisis, and family survivors in cases of violent and sudden death. Victim Advocates provide 24 hour on-call assistance, are non-sworn, civilian employees and volunteers of the El Paso County Sheriff's Office who are available 365 days a year. These advocates provide outreach and assess the needs of victims, provide information and referrals about resources in the community, victims’ compensation benefits, and education and awareness of victims’ rights. Advocates work in cooperation with other community service provider agencies.