Law Enforcement Agencies and Support Provided

Responding to Columbine High School

April 20, 1999


 Primary Assignments

Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office

Primary agency, first response, command post, perimeters, bomb technicians, evacuations, SWAT, investigations, public information, communications, victim advocates

Adams County Sheriff’s Department

Primary SWAT - second sweep, crisis negotiators

Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office

Command Post, bomb squad, SWAT, crime scene technicians, investigations, traffic, perimeter, victim advocates

Arvada Police Department

Investigations, Jeffco SWAT, Critical Incident Team, perimeters

Aurora Police Department

Thermal imaging, investigations

Blackhawk Police Department

Scene security

Boulder Police Department

SWAT – final sweep, victim advocates

Boulder County Sheriff’s Department

SWAT – final sweep, paramedics, special service technicians, victim advocates

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms

Crime scene technicians, bomb squad, bomb analysis, investigations, computer/internet forensics

Central City Police Department

Next day scene security

Colorado Bureau of Investigation

Crime scene technicians, investigators, computer/internet forensics, evidence analysis

Colorado Attorney General’s Office


Colorado National Guard


Colorado State Patrol

Command Post, perimeter, traffic, investigations, victim advocates

Columbine Valley Police Department

Scene security and public safety, perimeters

Commerce City Police Department

SWAT – final sweep

Denver Police Department

Command Post, SWAT, paramedics, traffic, perimeters, transportation of victims and witnesses, bomb squad, intelligence, scribe, investigation, crowd control, victim advocates

Douglas County Sheriff’s Office

Investigations, thermal imaging, victim advocates, on-call for Arapahoe and Jefferson County bomb squads

Drug Enforcement Administration

Thermal imaging, investigation

Edgewater Police Department

Critical Incident Team, perimeters

Englewood Department of Safety Services, Police Division

SWAT, perimeters

Erie Police Department

SWAT - second sweeps (Part of Boulder County SWAT team)

Federal Bureau of Investigation

Command Post, bomb technicians, hostage negotiator, investigations, SWAT, evidence response team, perimeter, computer/internet forensics, special projects

First Judicial District Attorney’s Office

Investigations, Critical Incident Team, legal advisor, victim advocates

Gilpin County Sheriff’s Department

Next day perimeter

Golden Police Department

Investigations, Critical Incident Team

Greenwood Village Police Department

Crime scene technician, victim advocates

Lafayette Police Department

SWAT – second sweeps (Part of Boulder County SWAT team)

Lakewood Police Department

SWAT, communications, investigation, victim advocates, public information, Critical Incident Team

Littleton Police Department

SWAT, evacuation, perimeters, investigation, victim advocates

Northglenn Police Department


Sheridan Police Department

Scene security, victim advocates

Thornton Police Department

SWAT, victim advocates

West Metro Fire Protection District


Westminster police Department

Perimeter, interviews, victim advocates, public information

Wheat Ridge Police Department

Perimeter, Critical Incident Team, crime scene technicians, investigations