The mission of the South Fork Police Department is to work as an equal partner with the community to reduce crime, the fear of crime and enhance public safety by interacting with all citizens and visitors in the Town of South Fork.
To fulfill our vision and achieve our mission, we, the members of the South Fork Police Department are committed to these core values
Honesty and Integrity
We value and expect truth, honesty, and ethical behavior from the officers in our department. Honesty and integrity are central to all the values we embrace daily. Honesty and integrity are the foundations of community trust.
We will seek solutions to community issues through a partnership with the people we serve. We value our badge as a symbol of public faith and will strive to enhance the quality of life of our citizens by providing service that is responsive to the needs of our community.
Fairness is an inherent right and is basic to human goodness. The South Fork Police Department will treat all we come in contact with equality. We treat our employees and citizens alike, with respect, dignity, and fairness
We are leaders in our community and in our profession and will lead by example. Exceptional leadership inspires all!
Chief of Police
Sean Burkey was born and raised in Odessa Texas and attended Odessa High School. After graduating in 1986, he joined the United States Air Force as a Law Enforcement Specialist. During his 24-year career in the Air Force, he was assigned to at RAF Alconbury UK, Kelly AFB in San Antonio Tx, Prince Sultan AB, Saudi Arabia, Kirtland AFB New Mexico, Lackland AFB San Antonio TX, Eglin AFB FL and Osan AB South Korea. While in San Antonio, Sean attended the San Antonio Community Collage’s Law Enforcement Academy where he graduated and was awarded his Texas Peace Officers license from TCLOSE. He accomplished 10 years of civilian law enforcement with Precinct #3 Constable’s office and the City of Grey Forest Police Department.
While on active duty, some of the special assignments he accomplished included; Nuclear Security Team member, Undercover Narcotics, Fly Away Security Team lead, USAF Armed Forces Police Department, SWAT Team Lead, Traffic Accident & Reconstruction Specialist, US Military Customs Inspector, Fast Attack Boat Machine Gunner, Combat Weapons Instructor, Law Enforcement Apprentice Instructor. Once retired from the Air Force, he took a job as a Branch Operations Manager for a large security company in San Antonio TX and managed 375 Level III security officers for 45 site security locations, two of which had DoD and DoE oversight. After 3 years with the security company, he was offered a position with the Department of the Air Force as a Combat Weapons Instructor, which he did until October 2021.
In October 2021, Sean was contacted by the Town of South Forks Police Chief and offered a position as the Deputy Chief of Police. He accepted, and on November 15 of this year he started the position with the Town of South Fork. Not being a native of Colorado, he attended the Law Enforcement Academy at Pueblo Community Collage in Mancos CO where he graduated in May of 2022. He became Colorado POST certified and was sworn in as the Chief of Police in June, where he currently leads his department. Sean holds 2 associates degrees, Criminal Justice and Adult Education and is currently pursuing his Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice Management.
Sean Is Married to Amanda and has a daughter and a son from a previous marriage
Deputy Chief of Police
Robert Pino was born in Walsenburg Colorado and moved to Monte Vista Colorado. He graduated from the Monte Vista High School in 2003 and in 2007 he became a CNA. As the son of a well-known local Law Enforcement Officer in the Rio Grande County Sheriff’s Office he was inspired to follow in his father’s footsteps. In 2013, he enrolled in the Otero Jr. College Law Enforcement Academy and graduated in April of the same year. His drive and dedication led to him being listed on the Otero Jr. College, President’s list with a 4.0 GPA from the academy.
Roberts Law Enforcement career began in May 2013 with the Rio Grande County Sheriff’s Office as a Patrol Deputy. Seeing an opportunity to advance in his career. In 2015, he accepted a position with The Monte Vista Police Department as a patrolman where he immediately excelled. As an MVPD patrolman, he was identified as being able to relate well with the community and was assigned as a Community Policing Officer. He was enrolled and attended the Homicide Investigation School in El Paso County and graduated that course in 2016. In 2018 he returned to the Sheriff’s office as a Deputy Corporal. As a corporal, he became an FTO and FTO trainer and a certified CIT officer. In November of 2021, wanting to further his career, he became a patrolman with South Fork Police Department. After only 7 months, he proved himself and excelled on numerous occasions. He was promoted to the Deputy Chief of Police for the department where he continues to lead by his actions and his stellar example.
He and his wife Meghan have been married since August of 2018 and the have 3 children in their blended home.
Accident/Incident Reports are available upon request and are $5.00 per copy.