Sheriffs conference starts Tuesday

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More than 30 sheriffs from throughout Colorado will be in Craig next week attending a summer training conference that will include addressing issues that impact law enforcement agencies statewide.

The conference runs from Tuesday through Friday.

Moffat County Sheriff Buddy Grinstead said his office has

been preparing for the event since last summer.

Training conferences are held throughout the year. The last time the summer conference came to Moffat County was in 1997, Grinstead said.

Grinstead said what is looming large in the minds of many of his counterparts are budget cuts, preparing for possible wildland fire, and search and rescue issues.

The sheriff said with recent moisture Northwest Colorado isn't suffering the drought conditions that

have impacted much of the rest of

the state.

A key part of the conference will occur Friday when the sheriffs will review "large incidents" that have occurred in the state.

"We critique what happened and what could have been handled better," Grinstead said.

The conference is scheduled to include a board meeting Tuesday evening and a business meeting Wednesday that also will include a legislative update.

There will be a barbecue Wednesday, sponsored by the Moffat County Sheriff's Department, and banquet Thursday evening.

Grinstead said he wanted to thank Annette Gianinetti and Nancy Hettinger for putting together a "spouse's agenda" as well as activities for the children.

Grinstead said by law sheriffs must acquire a certain amount of continued training throughout the year and the summer conference will help meet that demand.

"It will be an opportunity for sheriffs to get out of their counties and get some time off and relax," Grinstead said.

He added that the conference could benefit Moffat County as well.

"Moffat County is unique," Grinstead said. "The more people we can get up here and show them that, the better off we'll be."

The sheriff's conference is just one in a string of events that Moffat County has hosted and will continue to host throughout June and the rest of the summer.

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