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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, hosted by the Lakewood Police Department. The Jefferson County Regional Auto Theft Task Force (JRATT) was initially composed of investigators from Jefferson County law enforcement agencies and District Attorney’s Office. Immediate success was realized in just the first few months and in 2010, the task force grew to include the Denver Police Department, Denver District Attorney’s Office and Westminster Police Department, which was renamed the Metropolitan Auto Theft Task Force (MATT). Additional partner agencies, the Colorado Attorney General’s Office-Special Prosecution Unit and the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) joined the efforts a few months later. A second auto theft task force was formed in the Denver metro area which combined agencies from Arapahoe County, Douglas County and the Colorado State Patrol, known as E-MATT.  The Colorado State Patrol also had a third task force operating around the metro area, known as BATTLE (Battling Auto Theft Through Law Enforcement). In July of 2016, the Colorado Auto Theft Prevention Authority (CATPA) provided funding to combine all three task force teams into one team, at one centralized location. This team is referred to as the CATPA-Metropolitan Auto Theft Task Force (C-MATT).  The Lakewood Police Department and City of Lakewood provides command and fiscal responsibilities for C-MATT, with funding from CATPA and no Lakewood taxpayer dollars.

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 $1 per insured-vehicle assessment, provided by automobile insurance companies in Colorado. 

Mission and Goal

The Mission of C-MATT is to aggressively investigate auto theft crimes, apprehend criminals, recover property and proactively prevent auto theft by utilizing:


  • A multi-jurisdictional approach
  • Innovative investigative techniques
  • Agency collaboration and information sharing
  • Data collection and analysis
  • Community education and involvement
  • Partnerships with Prosecutors in the four judicial districts and Attorney General’s Office


C-MATT works jointly with any law enforcement agency and insurance investigations requesting assistance or investigative expertise. Although auto theft has increased the past few years, auto theft arrests have exceeded the increase in auto thefts. In addition, C-MATT and law enforcement in the Denver metropolitan area actually recover an astonishing 89% of vehicles stolen. Most vehicles are recovered within one week from when it was stolen. C-MATT has also recovered more than 200% in vehicle costs than it receives in funding from CATPA.

C-MATT Partner Agencies



Available Resources

If you have information or would like to assist in reducing the auto theft, please call C-MATT at 303-987-4900. Information on how to protect your vehicle from being stolen can be found at the following links: 




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Contact Information:

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


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