Sheriff Nowlin

Phone: (970) 564-4986

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Community Announcements


Emergencies such as Wildfires, Flooding and other natural disasters can occur at any time, day or night. The Montezuma County Sheriff’s Office is in need of your assistance to better protect lives, and ask that you take time to plan and prepare for an event that would require evacuation from your home safely if the
need would ever arise.

Everyone can help by pre-planning and being prepared by considering the following proven steps:

  • Watch the weather reports and be prepared during daily activities in all seasons of the year.
  • Prepare a Plan now on where you could move and store your valuable property such as vehicles, recreational vehicles, trailers, firearms, and farm equipment in the event of a Pre-Evacuation Order.
  • Provide the Sheriff or Emergency Manager of locations where mobility assistance would be needed.
  • Prepare a Plan on how and where you could move any livestock or other farm animals and pets.
  • Prepare a “Go Bag” that should contain any medications, medical equipment, important and valuable documents for every person and child living in the home.
  • Prepare an emergency bag for your vehicle that contains first aid, water and shelter material.


In the case of an emergency evacuation order, you will be given information and directions of where the check-in site is located so that all persons that were residing within an evacuated area can be identified and accounted for. Information will be provided on where emergency shelters for people, pets and livestock are located within Montezuma County.

Being prepared, especially during wildfire season, can save lives and property. Taking advantage of available assistance in mitigating your property by developing defendable space for your home from fire is another important step of planning and preparation.

Thank you for your cooperation and assistance

Steven D. Nowlin, Sheriff
Montezuma County, Colorado

Montezuma DCJ Certificate of Compliance

The Division of Criminal Justice has provided this form for use by Sheriff’s offices/jails.
House Bill 21-1280 Concerning Measures to assist defendants in securing release from jail through the bond process amends Section 1 (2)(a), (2)(e); and adds (2)(h), (2)(i), and (2)(j) in Section 1 of 16-4-102 of the Colorado Revised Statutes..

This is to Certify that Sheriff’s Office/ jail: Montezuma County Sheriff’s Office

In accordance with Subsection (2) of Section 16-4-102, Colorado Revised Statutes


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Bonding Scam

This is not just occurring in Montezuma County but all over the Country. Recently a deputy was asked to contact a bonding agent regarding an extortion scam. The deputy met with the bonding agent at the Montezuma County Detention Center. During their conversation, she told the deputy she had received a phone call from one of her bonded clients. The bonded client wanted to know how he was going to get some money back he’d recently paid to prevent his bond from being revoked. The bonding agent said she was not aware of what her client was talking about. Her client said he received a call from her phone number and he assumed it was her on the phone. Her client said the female subject on the phone told him to speak with her boyfriend and then turned the phone over to a male subject. The male subject told him that he had to pay $1500.00 to their bonding agency, or they would revoke his bond. Her client told her he sent $1500.00 to the location specified by the male. The male also told him he would be able to get the money back the following Monday. Her client then contacted her to find out how he would get his money back, she told him she was not aware of the situation and she was not involved.

The bonding agent said she also received phone calls from three additional clients she had also bonded from jail within the last week. Each client called her this evening saying they’d received a phone call from her phone saying they had to pay a specified amount of money or their bond would be revoked. The bonding agent said they all told her that the person speaking to them on the phone possessed detailed information on their criminal charges and their bond. She does not know of anyone who would have access to any of the paperwork she has on her clients and she keeps the paperwork secure in her office. The bonding agent also said she has checked her office and all of her client’s paperwork was still there and did not appear to have been gone through.

SCAM – Inmate Bond Increase After Release

Scam targeting jail inmates draws attention in Montezuma County Don’t be a victim:

  • Never wire money to someone you do not know or to someone with an identity you can’t verify.
  • Call the bondsman whose name is being used.
  • A legitimate bail bondsman will not call to solicit money or ask for payment over the phone.
  • Law enforcement agencies will not call you on the phone to inform you of an impending arrest, and they will not solicit money from you over the phone. Hang up, look up the phone number for the law enforcement agency the person calling you says he represents, and call the agency back for verification.

Source: Better Business Bureau

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