Critical Incident Team

Legislation passed in 2015 requires all Colorado law enforcement agencies and district attorneys to develop a protocol for participating in a multi-agency team to conduct the investigation, or review, of incidents involving the discharge of a firearm by a peace officer resulting in injury or death.

Each agency shall post the protocol on their website by December 31, 2015. If no criminal charges are filed following the investigation, the district attorney must release a report and post it on their website.

About Our Critical Incident Team

The First Judicial District has used a multi-agency Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) since 1990 to investigate any discharge of a firearm by a law enforcement officer which resulted in death or injury.

Policy & Procedure

View the Jefferson County Critical Incident Team’s policies and procedures.


See information on our Peace Officer-Involved Shooting Statute C.R.S. 16-2.5-301 .

Decision Letters

At the conclusion of CIRT investigation, the findings are reported to the District Attorney who reviews the investigation it its entirety, and in relation to the applicable law, and then makes a decision as to whether the shooting was legally justified.  See all CIRT decision letters.