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RAD winter


The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office Rural Area Deputy Program (RAD) began in 2000. Over the years, the RAD program has built many long-lasting partnerships with many government agencies operating in the rural areas of Mesa County. 


RAD Gateway

The mission of RAD is to provide a friendly law enforcement presence to those who live, work and play in the rural areas of Mesa County. The RAD program is responsible for providing services in the rural areas, which include the communities of Mesa, Glade Park, Gateway, Debeque, Collbran and remote recreation areas such as 
Rabbit Valley, Uncompahgre, Grand Mesa, and the desert and river areas.


The RAD program is also trained in a variety of additional specialty assignments.  RAD deputies assist with water search and rescues usually as the first responders.  They conduct boat patrols in the rivers in our patrol boat. The RAD program assists in search and rescue efforts for those who are missing or lost.  Finally, they also enjoy attending community meetings or assisting with special events in the rural areas of the county.    


Contact a RAD deputy

If it is an emergency call 911. A RAD deputy can be reached through non-emergency dispatch at (970) 242-6707 or by email.  

Going to explore the outdoors?

Make sure you are prepared! Whether you are going on the river, hiking, biking, or recreating outdoors, it's important to be prepared. Weather can change rapidly and accidents can happen. Check out these important Safety Tips.



If you ever get lost, hurt, or need help in the wilderness, Mesa County Search and Rescue Teams are available to help. 

Learn more about this volunteer organization.  



Do you have a CORSAR Card? 

COSARIf you ever need Search and Rescue it helps us pay for the cost! By purchasing a Colorado Outdoor Recreation Search and Rescue (CORSAR) card you are contributing to the Search and Rescue Fund, which will reimburse these teams for costs incurred in search and rescues across the State of Colorado. The CORSAR card is available for $3 for a one-year card and $12 for a five-year card. Click here to get yours today!