Courtesy El Paso County Sheriff's Office
Officers take an oath that will allow them to cross jurisdictional lines when investigating use of deadly force by officers in the region.
Nearly 50 members of the Colorado Springs Police Department and the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office were sworn Thursday by El Paso County Sheriff Bill Elder
and Teller County Sheriff Mike Ensminger
to give them jurisdiction in both counties to investigate cases involving officers' use of deadly force.
The Deadly Force Investigations Team will investigate matters where, when acting in an official capacity, a law enforcement officer:
a. Discharges his/her weapon and the discharge causes either bodily injury, serious bodily injury or death to another person or
b. Uses other deadly force that causes the death of another person.
Matters that occur when off duty may be investigated by the DFIT, by request and agreement by the DFIT Team, the Sheriff's Office says in a release.
Members of the Colorado Springs Police Department, El Paso County Sheriff’s Office and the District Attorney’s Office will make up the DFIT Team.
The multi-agency team is made necessary by a bill passed in 2015, as we've previously reported.