Message From The Sheriff & Code of Ethics


Over the past several days I have been contacted by Montrose County citizens asking for my position as Sheriff on recent actions affecting the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. You, the citizens, have entrusted me with a noble cause, to protect and keep you and your families safe. I take that responsibility very seriously. As sheriff, I have taken an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States and of the state of Colorado. I take that oath equally as seriously as protecting my citizens.

In 1969, at the age of seventeen, I enlisted in the United States Army. At that time I took an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies foreign and domestic. For the next 21 plus years, I devoted myself to doing just that. I served 19 months in the Vietnam War, a war that was thrust upon us not by our choosing; a war that divided this country that we still bear scars from today.

The second amendment guarantees citizens the right to keep and bear arms. In the wake of recent tragic events we as Americans find ourselves once again facing divisiveness, brought on by recommendations that were hastily formulated. I believe there should have been a concerted effort to fully research the true problems and then have open, honest and candid dialogue addressing these problems that would be in the best interest of all the citizens of this great nation.

In closing, I think it is important to remind you, I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States. It is my statutory duty to enforce the laws of the State of Colorado. If anyone, to include an agent of the federal government, violates the law within my jurisdiction, I will take the appropriate enforcement actions. I will not support any federal law which violates the Constitutional Rights of the citizens that have placed their trust in me.

To see the County Sheriffs of Colorado's position on this issue, please visit the following webpage on gun control.

Rick Dunlap

Code of Ethics

Honor Integrity Respect

As a Law Enforcement Officer

, my fundamental duty is to serve mankind; to safeguard lives and property; to protect the innocent against deception, the weak against oppression or intimidation, and the peaceful against violence or disorder; and to respect the Constitutional rights of all men to liberty, equality and justice.

I will

keep my private life unsullied as an example to all; maintain courageous calm in the face of danger, scorn or ridicule; develop self-restraint; and be constantly mindful of the welfare of others. Honest in thought and deed in both my personal and official life, I will be exemplary in obeying the laws of the land and the regulations of my department. Whatever I see or hear of a confidential nature or that is confided to me in my official capacity will be kept ever secret unless revelation is necessary in the performance of my duty.

I will

never act officiously or permit personal feelings, prejudices, animosities or friendships to influence my decisions. With no compromise for crime and with relentless prosecution of criminals, I will enforce the law courteously and appropriately without fear or favor, malice of ill will, never employing unnecessary force or violence and never accepting gratuities.

I recognize

the badge of my office as a symbol of public faith, and I accept it as a public trust to be held so long as I am true to the ethics of the police service. I will constantly strive to achieve these objectives and ideals, dedicating myself before God to my chosen profession... law enforcement.