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Douglas County Sheriff’s Office teams up with the community

By Elean Gersack

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO) offers many great services to help keep Douglas County’s low-crime statistics in check.  By working as a team with community members, crime is more easily and effectively deterred.  

According to Detective Chris Stadler of the DCSO, the famous quote by the forefather of community-oriented policing, Sir Robert Peel, “Community are the police and the police are the community,” sets the stage for modern day law enforcement like what is here in Douglas County.  Some of these great programs include:

Security Walk-Throughs
The DCSO offers free home security walk-throughs to give homeowners recommendations for increasing safety in and around homes.  Appointments for this service can be made by calling the Community Resource Unit at 303-660-7544.  

House Watch Program
Going on vacation?  The DCSO will perform patrol checks around your home on the days you are gone.  Visit the DCSO website and click on “services” and then on “house watch program” to register.

Neighborhood Watch Program
Be the eyes and ears of the community and get involved in your neighborhood by starting a neighborhood watch program.  Neighbors get to know each other and report anything out of the ordinary to law enforcement.  This program has been around since 1972 and has proved to prevent crime.  From the DCSO website, click on “programs” and then on “community resources” and then on “neighborhood watch program.”

“Be a good neighbor and look out for each other.  You see something, you say something when it is occurring,” said DCSO Public Information Officer Sergeant Ron Hanavan.   In an emergency, always call 911.  For non-emergency calls, use the DCSO non-emergency line at 303-660-7500.  

Learn more about these and other community programs at the DCSO website at



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