Hinsdale County Sheriff's Office
Lake City, Colorado
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False Alarms Policy

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

Bobbi McDonald, Office Manager, caught this mammoth Mac recently at Blue Mesa Reservoir. Bobbi consistently out fishes the rest of the staff.

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.

All Fire Restrictions Have Been Removed For The Unincorporated Areas Of Hinsdale County 07-19-2013

Change in burn permit system:
Please refer to the ORDINANCE OPEN BURN PERMIT document under Laws & Regulations.

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.

Current Closures
Not all County roads are open yet. The late heavy snows have set us back in getting everything operational. Cinnamon and Engineer passes are both open so you can do the complete Loop and/or go to Silverton via Animas Forks. Be careful of heavy water flows in some spots due to the runoff from the snow melt. FS 585 (CR 50) to Deer Lakes will not be open until it can dry out and be maintained. If you desire to drive on a specific backcountry road, please call the Sheriff's Office for current information.

Colorado Outdoor Recreation Search and Rescue (CORSAR)

What does the CORSAR card cover?

The card is not insurance. It does not pay medical transport which includes helicopter flights or ground ambulance. The card will allow reimbursement to county sheriffs for costs incurred on a mission.  These costs can include mileage, meals, replacement of lost equipment, reimbursement for gasoline, rental fees for equipment, horses, ATVS or aircraft that are used in a search. If the aircraft then becomes a medical transport due to a medical emergency, the medical portion of the transport is not covered.

Cards available at the Sheriff's Office
1 Year      $1.00
5 Years    $3.00

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