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  • Phone: 970-328-8500
    Fax: 970-328-1448

    Sheriff's Office
    0885 E Chambers Avenue
    P.O. Box 359
    Eagle, Colorado 81631

    info@sheriff.eagle.co.us

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FAQ

 

1. What should I do during a traffic stop?

2. Does Eagle County have a curfew ordinance for minors under 18 years of age?

3. I am a patch collector. How can I obtain a shoulder patch from the sheriff's office?

4. How do I sign up for a ride-along in a deputy's patrol car?

5. What's the difference between a sheriff's office and a police department?

6. How do I file a complaint against an sheriff’s office employee?

7. How do I commend an sheriff’s office employee for a going above and beyond the call of duty?

8. What do I do if I have information regarding a crime or criminal activity?

9. Why do 9-1-1 operators ask so many questions?

10. How do I become a sheriff's deputy?

11. How often does the sheriff's office test?

12. My vehicle was towed. Who do I call to find out where it is?  

 

1. What should I do during a traffic stop?

When a deputy signals for you to pull over:

  • Pull over as far to the right as safely possible. This allows the deputy to walk safely to your car.
  • Turn off the ignition.
  • If the traffic stop occurs at night, turn on the interior lights of your car so the officer can see inside the vehicle.
  • Place your hands on the steering wheel until the officer can make a safety evaluation as he/she approaches your car.
  • Avoid making any sudden or reaching movements.
  • Follow the deputy’s instructions.
  • Remain inside your vehicle unless directed otherwise by the deputy.
  • Do not assume that the deputy knows that you are the ideal, law-abiding citizen. Law Enforcement is dangerous work; deputies must be watchful at all times.
  • If you are carrying a weapon advise the deputy of the weapon and its location. DO NOT attempt to retrieve the weapon for the deputy.
  • If an unmarked vehicle initiates a traffic stop and you are worried that the vehicle is not a law enforcement officer, turn your flashes, slow down to acknowledge the deputy, and call 911.  The 911 operator can verify to you that it is safe to pull over.   
  • If asked to step out of the car, walk to the rear of your vehicle to the side away from the traffic, or as directed by the deputy, using the car as a barrier between you and on-coming cars.
  • The deputy will ask you for three important pieces of information, your driver’s license, vehicle registration, and proof of insurance. The deputy will explain the reason for the traffic stop.
  • Depending upon why the officer felt it was necessary to initiate a traffic stop you will receive either a citation or a verbal warning.
  • Once business with the deputy is complete officer is finished, you should merge, with caution, back into the flow of traffic. (Return to top) 

2. Does Eagle County have a curfew ordinance for minors under 18 years of age?

No. (Return to top) 

3. I am a patch collector.  Where can I obtain a shoulder patch from the Eagle County Sheriff's Office?

You may obtain a patch by sending an email to amy.baldwin@sheriff.eagle.co.us or submitting a request to:

Eagle County Sheriff's Office
RE: Patch Request
PO Box 359
Eagle, CO 81631 (Return to top) 

4. How do I sign up for a ride-along in a deputy's patrol car?

The Eagle County Sheriff's Office ride-along program offers the opportunity for interested citizens to accompany a deputy during his or her shift on patrol.  To schedule please contact a patrol deputy by calling 970-479-2201. (Return to top) 

5. What's the difference between a sheriff's office and a police department?

The main difference is the area of jurisdiction. A sheriff's office provides law enforcement services and/or jail services for a county or other civil subdivision of a state. A police department serves a specific municipality, city, town or village. Often, cities contract for law enforcement services with the county sheriff's office. (Return to top)

6. How do I file a complaint against an employee of the sheriff’s office ?

Complaints may be accepted by any Eagle County Sheriff’s Office supervisor. Complaints may be received verbally or in writing and in person, by telephone, by mail or by electronic means.

Eagle County Sheriff’s Office
Attn: Patrol Sergeant
PO Box 359
Eagle, CO 81631

Complaints may be directed to a patrol sergeant at 970-479-2201. (Return to top)

7. How do I commend a sheriff’s office employee for a going above and beyond the call of duty?

The men and women of the Eagle County Sheriff's Office take great pride in serving and protecting the residents and guests of Eagle County. Every day deputies and civilian employees surpass duty's call and when that happens we'd like to know about. (Return to top)

If you received extraordinary service from a sheriff's office employee, or witnessed something that deserves special recognition, we encourage you to tell us so we may share your thoughts with that employee and with the Eagle County Sheriff's Office family. Your appreciation and encouragement are important to us.

Please include all the information you can remember such as the employee's name, the date, time and circumstances of the incident regarding your commendation.

To mail us your commendation, write to:

Eagle County Sheriff’s Office
PO Box 359
Eagle, CO 81631

Or send us your commendation online: info@sheriff.eagle.co.us (Return to top) 

8. What do I do if I have information regarding a crime or criminal activity?

Please call the Eagle County Sheriff's Office at 970-328-8500 or Eagle County Crime Stoppers at 970-328-7007, 1-800-972-TIPS, submit your tip online at www.tipsubmit.com, or text a tip from your cell phone by texting STOPCRIME plus your message to CRIMES (274637).  If your tip leads to the arrest and indictment of any suspect involved, you could earn up to a $1,000 reward from Eagle County Crime Stoppers. (Return to top) 

9. Why do 9-1-1 operators ask so many questions?

Experience has shown the first 60 seconds of every 9-1-1 call are the most critical. Dispatchers need to determine the exact location of the emergency, the nature of the situation, and any other elements regarding the situation that the responding deputy should be advised. A deputy armed with this information can react quickly and accurately and minimize the chance that further damage will occur or innocent bystanders will be hurt.

In an emergency, immediately dial 9-1-1 from any telephone (the call is free from all pay phones).  For non-emergency law enforcement needs, please call the sheriff’s office at 970-479-2201. (Return to top) 

10. How do I become a sheriff's deputy?

Becoming a sheriff's deputy requires Peace Officer Standards and Training by the State of Colorado as a peace officer. For more information, please refer to the Colorado Peace Officer Standards and Training Board website.  

Candidates interested in working for the sheriff’s office must complete extensive testing and a background investigation through the sheriff's office. (Return to top) 

11. How often does the Eagle County Sheriff's Office test?

The sheriff's office maintains an eligibility roster at all times. Testing is scheduled based on need. All testing notifications are posted on the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office webpage. (Return to top) 

12. My vehicle was towed. Who do I call to find out where it is?

Contact the Vail Public Safety Communication Center at 970-479-2201. (Return to top)