Sheriff’s Office gets 4X4


Sheriff’s Office gets 4X4

You may have noticed in the past couple of weeks some new Sheriff’s office patrol vehicles.  The Sheriff’s office has finally been able to replace 2 of the Dodge Charger patrol cars with a good looking special service package Dodge Ram 1/2 pickup.

The Yuma County Sheriff’s office has never had patrol four-wheel-drive capability, which is very uncommon in today’s law enforcement.  In fact, before these vehicles made their way into the fleet, the Yuma County Sheriff’s office and the Pueblo Police Department were the only law enforcement agencies in the entire state that didn’t have at least one four-wheel-drive vehicle in their patrol fleet, while a good portion of Sheriff’s offices have moved to nothing but four-wheel-drive vehicles.  Sheriff Day’s intention is to, hopefully sooner than later end up with at least half of the patrol fleet possessing four-wheel-drive capability.

There are advantages and disadvantages to this change.  Certainly some speed is given up in a transition from a high performance sedan to a full size pickup, but the four-wheel-drive capability and the heavier built nature of a pickup are certainly factors that fit in well to the rural setting of Yuma County.

“While it’s difficult to intentionally give up some top-end speed by moving to patrol pickups, we must factor in the probability of incidence where four-wheel-drive capability is needed for emergency response in Yuma County compared to the probability of incidence of speed being useful or even necessary when making a decision about what vehicles are most prudent in a law enforcement fleet.”

One of the unintended benefits of presenting these vehicles to the Yuma County commissioners earlier this year was that they were among the most inexpensive patrol vehicles offered through the state bid process.  In fact, this year, these Dodge Ram pickups were a full $6000 cheaper than the new Dodge Chargers would have been.

“We are excited and relieved to finally be able to have this four-wheel-drive capability on patrol now.  It has been quite an effort to get them added to patrol, and I’m hopeful that they hold up to the rigors of patrol needs in rural Yuma County better than the sedans have.”

Press Release

Yuma County Sheriff’s Office Solves Multiple Theft Cases

Deputies with the Yuma County Sheriff’s office have been busy this spring and summer investigating and tracking down property from burglaries and thefts in connection with County residents Van Wisdom and Chester Spelts respectively. These crimes have been committed all over Northeast Colorado, Southwest Nebraska, and Northwest Kansas, and involved many different agencies from within those areas. Yuma County Sheriff’s Office Deputies have been working with those other jurisdictions as well as the District Attorney’s Office to determine how all of the cases are connected, who should be charged and held accountable, and which agencies should submit those charges to move the appropriate cases into the courts.

There are a total of 10 burglary and theft cases that either have been presented to the DAs office already or will be soon, charging Mr. Wisdom or Mr. Spelts for those crimes, 6 for Wisdom and 4 for Spelts. Some of those cases involved multiple victims and some of the cases involve multiple criminal episodes that have been rolled into one.

In the 4 cases that Mr. Spelts either has been or will be charged with, just less than $73,000 worth of property has been recovered and is being held as evidence or has been returned to its rightful owner. Those items include weapons, tools, vehicles, and trailers.

In the 6 cases that will be presented to the DA’s office charging Mr. Wisdom, just over $76,000 worth of property has been recovered and is being held as evidence or has been returned to its rightful owner.

While these cases have been or will soon be presented to the District Attorney’s Office for charges, there is other property that has been recovered or identified where investigations continue to determine the rightful owners of that property, and who should be held accountable for depriving those owners of it.

Yuma County Sheriff Chad Day commented, “I’m really proud of the persistent work my deputies have done to recover this property and solve these cases. Some of the property that we’ve recovered was taken from its owner 2 years ago. Yuma County residents should know and be proud that the Sheriff’s office continues to pursue those cases even when they don’t seem solvable.”


End of release

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