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Fire destroys two homes in Castle Rock, other blazes burn in Douglas County

Castle Rock Fire and Rescue responded to a housefire in The Meadows on April 17 that quickly spread to four other homes as the area experiences high winds on top of stage 1 fire restrictions. The … more

A day in a 9-1-1 dispatch center

Together, 9-1-1 dispatchers at South Metro Fire Rescue's dispatch center in Centennial answer an average of 150 emergency calls a day during their 24-hour-long shifts. They take fire and medical … more

State, Douglas County debut new first-responder training facility

In 2015, Colorado State Patrol Trooper Jaimie Jursevics was hit and killed by a drunk driver while she directed traffic at an accident on Interstate 25 near Castle Rock. In 2016, a passing trucker … more

Toastmasters explains move from California to Douglas County

When Toastmasters International announced in October the nonprofit planned to relocate its global headquarters from California to unincorporated northern Douglas County, it marked the culmination of … more

Mental health holds weigh liberty vs. public safety

When a person in a mental health crisis is an imminent danger to himself, herself or others, or is gravely disabled by a mental illness, mental health and law enforcement professionals may place them … more

Officers learn how to de-escalate situations involving mental illness

Jeff Santelli, a retired Douglas County Sheriff’s Office deputy who now works as a CIT trainer, suggested that CIT should be a specialized presence in law enforcement, likening it to SWAT teams. Just like SWAT officers, CIT officers require a specific skillset, Santelli said. “It’s actually a very similar analogy to CIT,” he said. “It’s a specialized training of communication and not everybody is the best communicator.” more

Culture shift affects jail population

Law enforcement and mental health experts point to a culture shift in the approach to mental health treatment in the 1960s for the drastic rise in inmates with mental illness. In 1963, President John … more

Gunman used four firearms, surveillance cameras during standoff with deputies

Four Douglas County Sheriff's Office deputies and a sergeant move single file into a Highlands Ranch apartment, shoving their way through a barricade. The first deputy in line, Taylor Davis, holds up … more

Newly released footage sheds more light on fatal shooting of deputy

Douglas County deputies were attempting to place the man who killed Deputy Zackari Parrish on a mental health hold while he reportedly was going through a "manic episode," according to a newly … more

Details of killer's past point to recent spiral

The man who killed a deputy and injured four officers and two civilians on New Year's Eve in Highlands Ranch had a history with law enforcement in Colorado and Wyoming, was estranged from his family … more

Chief's 'heart sunk' after learning former Castle Rock officer was deputy killed

Castle Rock Police Chief Jack Cauley was asleep in bed the morning of Dec. 31 when his phone rang. The call came from one of his commanders, Cauley said, and he immediately knew it would be serious. … more

Deputy killed in 'ambush-type of attack' in Highlands Ranch; suspect identified

One deputy was killed and four other law enforcement officers were wounded in what Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock called "an ambush-type of attack" the morning of Dec. 31 in Highlands Ranch. more

Fire districts tout benefits of CPR, defibrillators

It takes emergency responders between four and six minutes to respond to a 9-1-1 call, said Jeremy Metz, division chief of EMS at West Metro Fire Rescue. In the event of a sudden cardiac arrest, … more
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