Effective June 1, 2012, the Hinsdale County Sheriff’s Office will collect a $50 fee for more than two false alarms in the same calendar year at the same residence or business. Recently, we have experienced several false alarms from homes and local businesses. Each alarm must be treated as a potential criminal incident and officers respond accordingly. These false alarms are distracting and costly to the agency. Therefore, we will absorb the cost of two false alarms at the same location in a calendar year but will charge for any false alarm that year above two. This policy is effective June 1, 2012, and is not retroactive. For 2012, the “free” false alarms will begin June 1st.
The Sheriff’s Office will continue to answer all alarms and there will be no charge for alarms representing an actual unauthorized intrusion/fire/freezing/etc into residential or commercial premises. Any citizen who wishes to discuss this policy is invited to contact the Sheriff at 970.944.2291.
Signed, Sheriff Ron Bruce May 30, 2012
Our Mission Statement
To ensure a safe and secure environment for all persons in Hinsdale County by providing professional law enforcement through responsive, caring, and dedicated service.
Change in burn permit system:
Please refer to the ORDINANCE OPEN BURN PERMIT document under Laws & Regulations.
PLEASE REGISTER FOR REVERSE 911
Go to .http://westregion.org and click on "Code Red" to register your cell phone and/or land line so that we can contact you through the reverse 911 system to advise you of emergency events such as fire danger, avalanche or flood conditions. Click on "Emergency Notification", then "Choose Your County", then "Register Now" and complete the registration process.
Current Road Conditions
Sheriff Bruce assists Rene Gianola to return a vehicle to the highway on January 1, 2014. This occurred on Highway 149 at MM 70 which is just south of Lake City. No injuries were involved in this accident. Please drive carefully on ice covered roads in the winter.
All County roads are now open. Cinnamon and Engineer Passes are in good shape and ready for four wheel drive with high clearance. Please be sure that you pull over and stop if someone behind you wants to pass on a mountain road. Common courtesy is the number one weapon against mountain traffic problems.