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South Precinct sheriff's captain brings community-oriented focus

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By AJ Vicens

When Capt. Patricia Woodin comes to work every day at the South Precinct of the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office, her focus is squarely on customer service.

“We’re responsible for customer service,” Woodin said recently in her office. “A lot of government agencies don’t have that take.”

Part of that approach is providing the “same level of service with a little bit less,” a reference to the fact that the sheriff’s office is dealing with budget cuts along with all other county-funded operations.

“We can’t do that job without the citizens,” Woodin said. “We need people to be a part of that plan.”

Woodin, who took over the top job at the South Precinct in December 2007, wants to spend time engaging business owners and homeowner associations and meeting with South Jeffco Kiwanis clubs, Rotary clubs and community leaders to address their concerns.

“I want people to understand we are not just law enforcement,” Woodin said. “We are the community; we are people.”

Justin Everett, president of COHOPE, a coalition of 32 Jefferson County homeowner associations, said he’s been very pleased with the community-oriented focus of the sheriff’s office, and specifically the South Precinct.

“It’s made a great impact on South Jefferson County,” Everett said. “I hear from members of COHOPE that there’s a lot more police presence, and they feel a lot safer than in years past with the community outreach on the sheriff’s part.

“(Members) never have anything negative to say about the sheriff’s office,” Everett added. “They’re the one entity — along with the DA’s office — that everyone seems to like.”

Woodin has been with the sheriff’s office for more than 20 years, putting in time on patrol, in the intelligence unit, as a sergeant in detentions, and in internal affairs and professional standards.

“I never, ever imagined in my entire career I’d be in this position,” Woodin said.

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Contact Capt. Woodin:

Capt. Patricia Woodin wants people to contact the South Precinct office with any needs or concerns the sheriff’s office can help with. Call 720-377-2001, or visit the office at 8100 S. Shaffer Parkway, Suite 100.