History and Demographics:

Yuma County was formed in 1889 as a separation from Washington County. Yuma County nearly doubled in size in 1902 after receiving a portion of what was previously Adams and Arapahoe Counties. Today, Yuma County encompasses and area of 2,369 square miles, of which 2,364 square miles is land and 4.3 square miles is water.

The point where the Arickaree River flows out of Yuma County and into Cheyenne County, Kansas is the lowest point in the state of Colorado at 3,315 feet in elevation. This crossing point holds the distinction of being the highest low point of any U.S. state.

Yuma County is home to 9 primary communities. The incorporated cities of Yuma and Wray are the county’s two greatest population centers with the city of Wray being the county seat. Yuma and Wray each have their own municipal police departments but are still served by the Sheriff’s Office in several ways. The incorporated town of Eckley contracts with the Sheriff’s Office to receive additional law enforcement services including the enforcement of some municipal ordinances. The Sheriff’s Office also serves the unincorporated communities of Hale, Idalia, Joes, Kirk, Laird and Vernon.

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About the Sheriff’s Office:

The Yuma County Sheriff’s Office is comprised of 3 divisions; the Administrative Division, Patrol Division and Detention Division. The Administrative Division is comprised of the Sheriff, the Undersheriff, 1 Office Manager, 1 Victim Assistance Coordinator, 4 volunteer and part-time Victim Advocates and 1 part-time Administrative Assistant.  The Patrol Division is comprised of 1 Sergeant and 5 Deputies.  The Detention Division is comprised of 1 Sergeant, 1 Corporal and 10 Deputies.

In order to address a lack of funding and still provide an appropriate amount of services to our citizens, the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office utilizes volunteers and interns to assist in every-day functions and special events.  We currently have 2 POST certified Reserve Deputies and 2 Interns, but we are always looking for more, so please check out our “employment” section to apply. In 2014 Sheriff Day announced the formation of the Sheriff’s Posse, an all volunteer force that can be called on at a moments notice to assist the Sheriff’s Office in an endless number of ways.  The formation of the Posse is still ongoing, if you have an interest in joining the Posse please fill out an interest card.

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About the Sheriff:

Sheriff Chad Day…

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