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Colfax Sheriff reports on busy ‘15 in annual report

RATON — Colfax County Sheriff Rick Sinclair recent issued a progress report and annual review of operations for 2015, indicating the past year has been a busy one for Colfax deputies. “2015 was a very busy year,” Sheriff Sinclair said, “deputies have quadrupled officer initiated contacts yielding very satisfying results.” The sheriff’s office has stepped up to the challenge and answered the calls for service, he said and the numbers certainly prove it. • Calls for Service District calls for service increased across the board in 2015 compared to 2014. In Raton the calls increased to 802 vs 535 in 2014; at Ute Park deputies answered 17 calls compared to 12 in 2014; numbers increased in Springer from 72 calls in 2014 to 85 calls in 2015; Cimarron saw an increase from 22 calls in 2014 to 66 in the past year; Eagle Nest also showed a major increase in calls for service, from 40 in 2014 to 133 in 2015, and Maxwell showed a slight increase in calls for service from 32 to 41. • Traffic Citations Working with grants for DWI enforcement that pays for staff overtime, the Colfax

Sheriff’s Office quadrupled officer initiated contacts for traffic violations in 2015 over 2014 statistics. During the campaign of Sheriff Sinclair, the citizens of Colfax County expressed concerns with comments like, “we never see any deputies in outlaying areas”. Sinclair also heard comments such as, “The Sheriffs Office just services papers and watches the courthouse, they never actually arrest and charge people.” The sheriff said these kind of comments weighed heavy on his mind. When he won the election and took office, Sinclair set out to make a difference and try and change the perception of the Colfax County Sheriff’s Office. With the help and determination of Undersheriff Leonard Baca, a plan was made and new policies put in place demanding exceptional service from all of the sheriff’s staff. “As a result of this determination the Colfax County Sheriff’s Office is proud to report to the citizens of Colfax County, that we heard your concerns and we have responded in kind by being proactive in our law enforcement capacity,” Sheriff Sinclair said in the report released earlier this month. Sheriff Sinclair says he welcomes comments and even complaints and concerns from the public in his and his staff’s continued effort to make the sheriff’s office the best it can be. To contact the office ca11 575-445-5562, or visit at 1413 S. Second St., in Raton, and for the social media types, visit the Colfax County Sheriff’s Office on Facebook. The Sheriff’s email address is: rsinclair@co.colfax.nm.us; Undersheriff Baca’s email address is: lbaca@co.colfax.nm.us.