The Aspen Police Department, located in Aspen, Colorado, has jurisdiction of approximately 3 square miles at nearly 8000 feet of elevation. Established in 1880, when justice was doled out wild west style, the Aspen Police Department strives to be on the cutting edge of public safety.
The department has 39 employees:
- Command Staff (3)
- Chief of Police
- Assistant Chiefs of Police (2)
- Patrol Officers (22)
- Detectives (2)
- School Resource Officer
- Community Response Officers (5)
- Wildlife Enforcement Officer (seasonal)
- Administrative Staff (3)
- Records Custodian
- Community Relations Specialist
The Aspen Police Department patrol officers provide 24-hour police services to the city of Aspen. Officers respond to a variety of calls including criminal incidents, civil complaints, and emergency medical calls. They are trained to handle any situation that may arise with a commitment to enhancing the quality of life in our community.
The response branch consists of 28 officers, including four sergeants, two detectives, and one School Resource Officer. When they are not directly responding to calls, patrol officers are highly involved in proactive measures to prevent crime within the community.
Officers communicate regularly with local businesses in an effort to foster mutually beneficial relationships with owners and employees. Officers can often be seen downtown on a weekend talking to bouncers and bartenders, or patrolling the mall on foot. High visibility and accessibility of officers helps maintain the policing style the public has come to know and respect in Aspen.
The investigative office consists of two detectives who serve as a resources for patrol officers in their daily activities by assisting with and overseeing cases that require advanced investigative procedures or a large time commitment. Detectives assist patrol by providing advice, advanced evidence processing skills, and equipment to assist during the investigative stage of a case.
Detectives receive training on major case investigations, property room management, technology evidence, and more. This training is necessary to deal with the wide variety of cases they manage on a regular basis. Detectives also conduct in-house trainings for officers, which focus on basic crime scene processing, fingerprinting skills, drugged drink investigation procedures, and sexual assault investigation procedures.
School Resource Officer
The Aspen Police Department considers interactions with youth a priority. The police department assigns a school resource officer to the Aspen School District to assist with safety issues, criminal reporting, teaching classes, and fostering relationships with students. Interaction with students early on is one way the department seeks to proactively prevent criminal activities.
Community response officers are authorized by the city of Aspen to enforce municipal codes. The goal of CROs is to ensure a safe environment for those who live, work, and recreate in Aspen.
Community response officers do much more than code enforcement, they also offer support on medical calls, response to vehicle accidents, information and assistance with animal complaints. They engage in community safety education, special event management, coordination of the bear aware campaign, and enforcement of trash ordinances.
The administrative office is often a person's first contact with the Aspen Police Department. Customer service officers handle all customer needs by directly serving those who walk through the doors, or by referring people to appropriate departments. Our front office staff are available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Some services performed for the public are:
- Alarm Permits
- Car Safety Seat Installation
- Dog Registration
- General Questions About Public Safety and Community Policing Services
- Logo Sales
- Lost and Found
- Ski and Bike Registration
- Victim Services
- VIN Inspections