The Weld County Sheriff’s Office has deputies assigned to the US Marshals Violent Offender Task Force in the District of Colorado.
The VOTF handles felony fugitive warrant cases for state and federal fugitives.
More information can be found about the USMS and VOTF at their web sites.
In addition to working Weld County and Weld District Court warrants WCSO deputies are assigned cases from VOTF that are received from other USMS districts or task force member agencies when the fugitives are located in northern Colorado.
The VOTF also participates in warrant sweeps as requested by any law enforcement agencies; these can include targeting sex offender warrants, drug warrants, probation violation warrants, etc.
WCSO deputies on VOTF are deputized as Special Deputy US Marshals. This gives deputies the ability to track fugitives across all borders throughout the United States, and in some cases in other countries.
Deputy US Marshals have the unique authority to make arrests in virtually
any jurisdiction in the United States, this lends itself to fugitive
investigations as criminals know no boundaries and often attempt to
conceal themselves or abscond by running to neighboring or distant
In addition to fugitive investigations VOTF members can assist any agency in the State of Colorado with sex offender compliance checks, sex offender warrant operations, and investigate sex offenders who cross state lines without complying with sex offender registration laws. Suspected violations are forwarded to the US Attorney for federal prosecution in violation of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act enacted July 27, 2006.
The Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act was signed on the 25th anniversary of the abduction of Adam Walsh from a shopping mall in Florida. Adam Walsh was found murdered 16 days after his abduction in 1981, and the perpetrator was not named until December 16, 2008, when the Hollywood, Florida police department announced that they had evidence that Ottis Toole was the killer. Adam Walsh's father is John Walsh, host of the television series America's Most Wanted. John Walsh, also founder of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), was joined by other children's advocates to mount an aggressive campaign to get the bill passed into law.