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Weld Sheriff’s Office, Greeley police separate records, evidence services Jan. 1

Posted on 12/30/2020

On Jan. 1, 2021, the Greeley Police Department and the Weld County Sheriff’s Office will diverge their joint operations of criminal justice records and evidence handling and storage. With the unprecedented growth experienced in both the city of Greeley and Weld County, and throughout northern Colorado, sharing of these services is no longer beneficial to either agency.

The joint business model was adopted in 1993, during times when both agencies were smaller, and it made sense to combine the records and evidence functions. Since then, the Greeley Police Department has provided evidence and records services to the sheriff’s office on a contract basis. For many years, this joint model worked well and was fiscally responsible for both agencies.

The steadily rising workloads for both the police department and the sheriff’s office, and the resulting impacts on evidence and records caused administration of both organizations to examine the feasibility of continuing a joint operation of these functions. Separation was determined to be the best option.

Effective January 1, 2021 at 12:01 a.m. the operations will officially separate:

The Greeley Police Department Records Section will move from the current location, 1551 N. 17th Ave., #3, to 2875 W. 10th St., Police Headquarters. Greeley Police Records will be open to the public between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. Greeley Records can be reached (970) 350-9677.

Weld County Sheriff’s Office Records will remain and operate at the 1551 N. 17th Ave., #3 location. Weld County Sheriff’s Office Records will be open to the public 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. Weld County Sheriff’s Office Records can be reached at (970) 400-2770 or Records@weldgov.com.

Greeley Police Department Evidence functions are not changing with this separation. Public access to the Evidence Section is located at 810 30th Ave. Greeley Evidence is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. Greeley Evidence can be reached by calling (970) 350-9646.

Weld County Sheriff’s Office Evidence will be newly located at 2329 115th Ave., Suite #2. Weld County Sheriff’s Office Evidence will be open to the public by appointment only, and by phone 7:30 a.m.to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. Weld County Sheriff’s Office Evidence can be reached at (970) 400-2480 or Evidence@weldgov.com.

In addition to the separation of records and evidence services, the Weld County Sheriff’s Office has created its own online crime reporting tool for the public to report cold thefts, theft from an auto, theft of auto accessories, gas drive-offs, criminal mischief or vandalism, lost property and the misuse of a credit or debit card in an amount of less than $500.

The online crime reporting tool goes live on Jan. 4, 2021, and can be found on the WeldSheriff.com home page under the “Quick Links” and “Useful Links” subheads. It can also be accessed under the “Services” tab.