Critical Incidents

Independent Investigations

The Colorado First Judicial District Critical Response Team is a multi-jurisdictional team of investigators under the authority of the District Attorney that investigates and reviews cases of deadly force used by a peace officer. 

First Judicial District Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT)

Since 1990, incidents involving the use of deadly force by a law enforcement officer in Gilpin or Jefferson County have been investigated by the First Judicial District Critical Response Team (CIRT). Upon completion, the investigation is presented to the District Attorney who conducts a thorough review of all the evidence before determining if charges should be filed against the officer involved. 

Under state law, all Colorado law enforcement agencies and District Attorney’s offices are required to develop and make public a protocol for participating in a multi-agency team responsible for investigating and reviewing critical incidents in their jurisdiction. Learn more by viewing the First Judicial District Critical Incident Response Team Protocol.

Decision Letters

If the District Attorney’s Office determines after reviewing the investigation that no charges are to be filed, a Critical Incident Decision Letter outlining the decision will be sent to the chief of the involved law enforcement agency and made available to the public.

*Letters are listed by incident date. 

2022 Critical Incident Decision Letters

CIRT 06-19-2022 – Decision Letter (PDF)
CIRT 01-12-2022 – Decision Letter (PDF)
CIRT 01-06-2022 – Decision Letter (PDF)

2021 Critical Incident Decision Letters

CIRT 12-05-2021 – Decision Letter (PDF)
CIRT 10-15-2021 – Decision Letter (PDF)
CIRT 09-02-2021 – Decision Letter (PDF)
CIRT 08-31-2021 – Decision Letter (PDF)
CIRT 08-17-2021 – Decision Letter (PDF)
CIRT 06-21-2021 – Decision Letter (PDF)
CIRT 06-02-2021 – Decision Letter (PDF)
CIRT 04-01-2021 – Decision Letter (PDF)
CIRT 01-12-2021 – Decision Letter (PDF)

2020 Critical Incident Decision Letters

CIRT 09-18-2020 – Decision Letter (PDF)
CIRT 02-21-2020 – Decision Letter (PDF)
CIRT 01-22-2020 – Decision Letter (PDF)
CIRT 01-12-2020 – Decision Letter (PDF)

2019 Critical Incident Decision Letters

CIRT 12-19-2019 – Decision Letter (PDF)
CIRT 11-11-2019 – Decision Letter (PDF)
CIRT 11-07-2019 – Decision Letter (PDF)
CIRT 10-27-2019 – Decision Letter (PDF)
CIRT 09-20-2019 – Decision Letter (PDF)
CIRT 07-12-2019 – Decision Letter (PDF)
CIRT 07-04-2019 – Decision Letter (PDF)
CIRT 06-18-2019 – Decision Letter (PDF)
CIRT 03-11-2019 – Decision Letter (PDF)

2018 Critical Incident Decision Letters

CIRT 11-04-2018 – Decision Letter (PDF)
CIRT 10-18-2018 – Decision Letter (PDF)
CIRT 06-26-2018 – Decision Letter (PDF)
CIRT 06-10-2018 – Decision Letter (PDF)
CIRT 01-31-2018 – Decision Letter (PDF)
CIRT 01-14-2018 – Decision Letter (PDF)

2017 Critical Incident Decision Letters

CIRT 10-06-2017 – Decision Letter (PDF)
CIRT 09-21-2017 – Decision Letter (PDF)
CIRT 07-18-2017 – Decision Letter (PDF)

2016 Critical Incident Decision Letters

CIRT 08-13-2016 – Decision Letter (PDF)
CIRT 06-21-2016 – Decision Letter (PDF)
CIRT 06-16-2016 – Decision Letter (PDF)
CIRT 04-26-2016 – Decision Letter (PDF)