The Larimer County Sheriff's Office is led by Sheriff John J Feyen, who is serving his first term in office. He was elected to the Office of Sheriff in January, 2023 after serving as a deputy chief with Fort Collins Police Services since 2019 and had been with LCSO for more than 20 years prior.

Larimer County spans 2,640 square miles extending west to the Continental Divide and north to the Wyoming border.  More than 330,000 residents reside within Larimer County, with over 70,000 living in the unincorporated areas.

We Are - One Agency, One Mission: Public Safety

Our Mission is to protect and preserve life, liberty and property by providing superior public safety services in Larimer County.

More than 400 employees work for the Sheriff's Office serving the citizens of Larimer County.  An annual budget of almost 70 million dollars is used to operate the agency in order to fulfill the statutory duties of the Sheriff.

The statutory duties of the Sheriff are:

  • Law Enforcement
  • Keeper of the Jail
  • Officer of the Court
  • Court Security
  • Transportation of Prisoners
  • Fire Warden
  • Search and Rescue
  • Hazardous Materials

The Larimer County Sheriff's Office is divided into five divisions:

  • Jail - Undersheriff Joe Shellhammer
  • Emergency Services - Captain Tim Keeton
  • Patrol - Captain Ian Stewart
  • Investigations - Captain Bobby Moll
  • Professional Services - Executive Director David Moore

In addition to the dedicated people who work at the Sheriff's Office, hundreds of committed volunteers assist us in our duties every day in order that we may better serve the citizens of Larimer County.

Register for emergency notifications at NOCOAlert.

We also maintain an emergency information line at (970) 498-5500 where important incident information is recorded as needed. In significant events, we frequently staff our Information Center and respond to questions with public information officers as well. Much of the same emergency information will also be posted to the Larimer County Office of Emergency Management webpage.

Although it is not a county resource, the most important thing you can do to protect yourself and your family from sudden violent weather is to stay informed; and the best way to do that is to purchase a weather radio. These devices, available for a minimal price at stores that sell electronic equipment, will automatically activate with a voice message from the National Weather Service, day or night, to inform you of severe conditions in your area. You will receive critical information at the same time it is received by our dispatch center and other law enforcement agencies.

There are several ways to recognize an employee for a positive interaction or initiate a complaint against a Larimer County Sheriff's Office employee:  

All commendations and complaints from the public are accepted and may be documented with follow up investigation as needed. 

If you have additional information or have questions regarding an ongoing investigation, please contact the deputy who responded to your call.  If you do not know the name of the deputy who handled your case, please contact the Records Department at (970) 498-5110.

To request traffic enforcement in unincorporated Larimer County, please leave a message on the Traffic Line at (970) 498-5357.  We will do our best to respond to your concern as soon as possible.

This service is for reporting chronic traffic problems in a specific location. Be sure to leave your name, phone number, and as much information as possible, i.e., cross streets, time of day problem occurs, etc.

If you want to report a traffic incident that is currently in progress, please call the 24-hour non-emergency number at (970) 416-1985.

To request a vacation check at your home, please call the 24-hour non-emergency line at (970) 416-1985 and provide them with your address and the dates you will be gone.  You may also make a request online.

Deputies will have your information available and as time permits, will check on your residence.

Vacation checks are intended to be short term and we cannot guarantee deputies will be able to check your residence at specific times or intervals.

Burn Permit

Within Larimer County, an Open Burn Permit must be obtained prior to any ignitions occurring on private land. An Open Burn Permit applies to prescribed fires intentionally used for grassland or forest management, including vegetative, habitat, or fuel management. This definition includes both broadcast and pile burning. Open Burning does not include burning in the course of agricultural operations and does not include burning for the purpose of maintaining water conveyance structures.  Apply for and learn more about burn permits.

Explosives Permit

Explosives permits are issued and regulated by the Colorado State Department of Labor & Employment

Questions regarding the regulation of explosives permits should be directed to the Department of Labor & Employment at (303) 318-8519 or (303) 318-8552.

Criminal Background Check / Fingerprinting

When you are ready to apply for an explosives permit, having complied with all Department of Labor & Employment requirements, you will be directed to obtain a criminal background check.  If your place of business is located within Larimer County, you should request a criminal background check at the Larimer County Sheriff's Office.

When your application is complete, bring the application packet to the front desk at the Sheriff's Office administration building located at 2501 Midpoint Drive in Fort Collins.

It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete and all applicable documents are notarized and included.  The Sheriff's Office will not check the application packet for accuracy or completeness.

If the Department of Labor & Employment requires a fee with the application, the payment should be included with the application packet (no cash).

The applicant should provide a pre-addressed and pre-stamped/metered envelope.  The applicant must ensure that there is enough postage on the envelope as the Sheriff's Office will not pay to have the application sent to the Department of Labor & Employment.

The criminal background check will generally be completed by the Sheriff's Office within 10 days of receipt of the application packet at the front desk.  The application packet will be immediately sealed and sent to the Department of Labor & Employment.  This is done to preserve the integrity of the criminal background check.

Sheriff's Office Fees:
Fingerprinting;  $20
Explosives permit criminal background check;  no charge

Refer to the instructions on the back of your citation.  If you have questions or have lost your copy of the citation, please visit the Larimer County Citizen Information Center page.

Fort Collins Police Services participates in a daily drug take-back program allowing residents to safely dispose of unused, unneeded, and expired over-the-counter and prescription medications.  Please visit the FCPS website for more information including times, restrictions, and locations.

Please call (970) 498-5100, option 5 

In order to provide you with better protection and proper response to an emergency at your business, LCSO requests contact information so we may contact you or your designees. You may provide this information electronically HERE or you may download this