The Sheriff’s Office has (76) full-time and 1 part time employees , as well as a number of Reserves and Volunteers which include, Search & Rescue, Sheriff’s Posse & Chaplains. Montezuma County encompasses approximately, 2200 square miles of canyons, national forest, mountains and high altitude desert. The population of the county is about 27,000 people, with the cities of Cortez (7,000), Dolores (1,100), Mancos (1,300) and Towaoc (1200) included in the population total. Towaoc is on the UTE Mountain UTE Indian Reservation which is patrolled by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Montezuma County also encompasses Mesa Verde National Park as well as areas of Hovenweep National Monument and the Canyons of the Ancients National Monument. Other agencies inside Montezuma County include the Cortez Police Department, Mancos Marshal’s Office, Colorado Division of Wildlife, National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land management, and Bureau of Indian Affairs, as well as the Colorado State Patrol.
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