The Metropolitan Auto Task Force

Colorado's first full-time auto theft task force became operational as a Jefferson County effort in July of 2009. The task force was initially composed of investigators from the Arvada, Golden, Lakewood and Wheat Ridge police departments, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office and the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office.

The team experienced immediate success in the first few months by targeting organized auto theft criminals. Due to this, the task force expanded. The City and County of Denver, Westminster Police Department and the Denver District Attorney's Office joined the task force and it was renamed the Metropolitan Auto Theft Task Force (MATT) in 2010. MATT has established partnerships with the Colorado Attorney General's Office-Special Prosecution Unit, the National Insurance Crime Bureau and the Douglas County Sheriff's Department. MATT is centrally housed in Lakewood and has quick and easy access to the six-county Denver metropolitan area.

The team is funded through a grant from the Colorado Auto Theft Prevention Authority (CATPA). CATPA is a Colorado state authority, legislatively established through grant-funding to reduce Colorado's serious auto theft problem. Its mission is to reduce vehicle theft and insurance fraud through a statewide cooperative law enforcement effort. The agency generates funds to support law enforcement, prosecution and public awareness through a partnership between the insurance industry and state government. It is funded by a required annual $1 per insured-vehicle assessment.

Mission and Goal

If you have information and would like to assist in reducing the significant monetary loss of auto theft in our area, please call the Metropolitan Auto Theft Task Force at 303-987-4900. Information to prevent loss of your vehicle and property can be found on our Auto Theft Prevention web page, available in the quick links box on the right. The . MATT's mission is to investigate auto theft-related crimes and prevent auto theft through innovative investigative techniques, agency collaboration, data collection, information-sharing, community involvement/education and cooperative prosecutorial partnerships. MATT works jointly with any agency requiring assistance or investigative expertise. The result of this comprehensive approach is a successful effort addressing the crime of auto theft in Colorado. In 2008, the Denver metropolitan area experienced 76 percent of the statewide auto theft problem. The past few years has seen a significant reduction in the impact of this crime.

A primary goal of the task force, set by the governing board of directors and the MATT commander, is to have stolen auto recovery values meet or exceed the allotted CATPA grant amount. MATT has provided two dollars back in investigative service/vehicle recovery for every CATPA grant dollar awarded.

 

 If you have information and would like to assist in reducing the significant monetary loss of auto theft in our area, please call the Metropolitan Auto Theft Task Force at 303-987-4900. Information to prevent loss of your vehicle and property can be found at Crime Prevention - Auto Theft.

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Contact Information:

Metropolitan Auto Theft Task Force
Direct: 303-987-4900 |

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