The Environment Crimes Unit consists of two investigators and a specialist technician. ECU members handle hazardous materials
related investigation and fire code enforcement actions. They monitor hazardous materials and conduct investigations into
violations of law as they pertain to the improper handling, use and storage of chemicals, which can cause a threat to the
safety of the community. Arson investigations are conducted for many Arapahoe County fire agencies.
ECU members also manage the Arapahoe/Douglas County Hazardous Materials Response Team. This includes hazardous materials response
within most Arapahoe and Douglas County fire districts. ECU members also compile data on a federal law requiring businesses
to report all chemicals on site. Called SARA Title III, this law is intended to provide emergency agencies with adequate information
to plan for response and assists in determining necessary safety procedures to be implemented at businesses. The ECU currently
tracks over 36,000 chemicals that exist in businesses in Arapahoe County.