Posted on: February 15, 2017

Joint Statement from Mayor Connie Sullivan and Sargent Bill Crist

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A Joint Statement from Mayor Connie Sullivan, and Sargent Bill Crist of the Boulder County Sheriff’s Dept.

Lyons is a small community that attracts a diverse mix of residents, workers and visitors. Lyons strives to be a welcoming community for all, whether you are a resident, here working at a local business or just spending the day enjoying all that Lyons has to offer. As community leaders, we share the goal of maintaining the positive relationship between Lyons’ citizens and visitors, and the law enforcement personnel who work in the community. We also understand that building trust with the community requires transparency and communication, particularly when there is a change in policy. Therefore, we want to take this opportunity to clarify that despite the executive order issued in Washington D.C. this week, there will be no change in how the Boulder County Sheriff officers, who provide police services on behalf of the Town of Lyons, will work with federal authorities.

Explicitly, the Boulder County Sheriff will not make decisions about taking someone into custody based solely on a person’s immigration status. Furthermore, officers do not enforce federal laws including those on immigration, nor do they hold someone on an administrative order, as this is a violation of the 4th amendment.

The Sheriff's office complies with the Colorado Open Records Act and will provide public information to Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE), but does not participate in determining the citizenship of any individual. The Sheriff does not conduct investigations for ICE, facilitate involuntary interviews with inmates for purposes of determining citizenship and will not delay the release of any person based on their immigration status.

We hope this message clarifies any concerns or questions for our citizens, workers and visitors regarding how they can expect to be treated when in Lyons. As always, residents are welcome to contact myself, or Sargent Crist directly with any questions or concerns regarding Lyon’s policing policies.


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