Lack of officers in Morrison forces department to get help from Jeffco Sheriff’s Office

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MORRISON, Colo. (KDVR) — The Town of Morrison no longer has enough police officers to patrol its own streets.  Newly hired Chief Misty Siderfin told the Problem Solvers her department is down to four full-time officers, including herself, and two part-time officers. She said ideally the department should have seven to nine full-time officers and two part-timer officers.

A spokesman for the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office confirmed his agency is working on a contract to take over most law enforcement law enforcement duties in the tiny town of about 420 people just south of the Red Rocks Amphitheater.

FOX31 has obtained a letter of agreement presented at the Morrison Board of Trustee meeting from Aug. 3 that says, “As a result of significant staffing shortages in its police department” the town of Morrison has requested the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office “assume certain law enforcement duties within Morrison’s Jurisdictional boundaries.”

Chief Siderfin said the agreement will be presented at Tuesday’s board meeting and voted upon by town leaders.

The drafted letter says that as of Sunday, Aug. 1 the Sheriff’s office will do routine patrol, traffic enforcement and respond to criminal investigations.

In exchange, the town of Morrison will pay the Sheriff’s Office up to $24,000 per month.

Under the agreement, Morrison will continue to assume responsibility for traffic control related to special events, including those at Red Rocks Amphitheater and Bandimere Speedway.

The letter suggests the agreement will automatically terminate by Dec. 1 unless a new agreement is established.

In June, Morrison hired Siderfin to be its new police chief. She took over a force that had shrunk from when George Mumma was the police chief.

Town leaders forced Mumma out in August of 2020. He the Problem Solvers it was partly because his officers weren’t writing enough traffic tickets to satisfy the town clerk.

Morrison had long held a reputation as a speed trap.

When he was the chief, Mumma said the department had 15 officers, nine full-time and six part-time.

Minutes from a July 6 board meeting show the town is now only budgeted for seven full-time officers and one part-time officer in addition to the Chief, but had just lost a full-time officer to another law enforcement agency. In the last few weeks the town of Morrison apparently lost two more officers.

Siderfin said the agreement would be temporary because her goal is to “recreate, hire and train officers so that the Morrison Police Department is up to the necessary staffing levels to serve our community 24/7.”

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