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Douglas County Sheriff's Office annual reports

Identifier: C-20036

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of digital copies of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office annual reports from 1992 to 2013. They contain an abundance of information about the operations of the DCSO during this time period. The collection also contains one DSCO yearbook from 2004 and one DCSO Calendar from 2008. Reports from 2002, 2004-2006, 2009, and 2012 are not present. Reports were donated on a temporary loan and exist in Archives and Local History’s collections only in digitized form (master TIFF files and accessPDF files). The reports relate to budget and expenditures, personnel, crime, statistics, demographics, programming,special events, images,community relations,administration, volunteer services, mission and vision, internal affairs, hiring, professional standards, technologies, awards, training, communications and dispatch, as well as detailed information on division operations.


  • 1992-ongoing


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers. Archives and Local History material is non-circulating and requires staff retrieval. See for hours of operation.

Biographical / Historical

Douglas County’s first sheriff, Charles F. Parkhurst, was elected in 1862, one year after the Territorial Legislature officially established Douglas County. At this time, the County extended west to the Kansas border. A courtroom and jail operated in Frankstownat California Ranchin the late 1860s. After Douglas County was split into Douglas/Elbert counties in 1874, the County seat moved to Castle Rock, whererecords were kept ina rhyolite courthouse built in 1889. Frankstown’s courthouse burned in 1875, taking with it its records. In 1978, the rhyolite courthouse met the same fate: almost all its records were lost in a fire.

In 1979, Douglas County built its first justice center at Wilcox and Plum Streets in Castle Rock. Until this time, Douglas County consisted mainly of rural communities. After decades of population growth, the Robert A. “Chris” Christensen Justice Center was openedat Castleton Court and Santa Fe Drive in Castle Rockin 1998. It contains the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office(DSCO), DouglasCounty Jail, and the Douglas County Courthouse, and remains the center of County law enforcement operations to this day. Today, the DSCO oversees more than 700 employees and volunteers and, since 2018, operates on an annual budget of approximately $64.7 million, servinga population of over 351,000. Its operations include traffic and patrol, investigations, search and rescue, victim assistance, detentions, crime lab, courts, Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT), Hazardous Materials Response Team (HAZMAT) K-9 units, task forces, and more.


14.5 Gigabytes (718 files, 35 folders)

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The collection is arranged chronologically in one series, and then chronologically.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Historian, Sergeant Attila Denes, loaned the physical copies of the reports to Archives and Local History in May of 2020. The reports were scanned and digitized as accession 2020.036 and returned to the DCSO in August of 2020. Archives and Local History accrues digital reports as they are published on the Douglas County Sheriff's Office website.


Accruals are ongoing. As DCSO reports are published, they are added to the collection.

Processing Information

Physical copies were scanned (still bound) at high resolution and saved to the Archives and Local History server. Each page was scanned as a 300 dpi TIFF file, which were then converted to PDF files and stitched together to form one PDF file per item. PDF versions are also saved to the Archives and Local History server. Accruals are made by downloading and digitally saving published reports however possible.

Guide to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Annual Reports,1992-2013
Julia Waters
September 2020
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Repository Details

Part of the Archives and Local History, Douglas County Libraries Repository

Douglas County Libraries
100 S Wilcox St
Castle Rock CO 80104 United States