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Sheriff: Useof detox less than expected

Ryan Graff
Special to the Post Independent

GLENWOOD SPRINGS” Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario said his office doesn’t use Colorado West Regional Mental Health’s detox center as much as he predicted a year ago.

Last year Vallario told the commissioners that he thought Colorado West’s detox center helped to keep some people out of county jail. The commissioners gave Colorado West $4,238 to help keep the facility open.

Since then Vallario has changed his position somewhat.



“I am not as convinced now as I was previously that there would be an impact in terms of law enforcement contacts,” said Vallario.

Vallario said in 2003, the Garfield County Sheriff’s office “probably put people in there less than half a dozen times.”



Vallario said he was simply asked to report on how he thought the sheriff’s office benefited from the detox center, and the board didn’t discuss whether it would continue to help fund the center or not.

Vallario also presented the department’s 2003 year-end report.

The report stated:

– Records didn’t indicate a significant change in major crimes during 2003.

– The sheriff’s animal control program is going strong and could expand.

– Garfield County Search and Rescue participated in 25 missions in 2003.

Contact Ryan Graff: 945-8515, ext. 534

rgraff@postindependent.com


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