Aspen Police Department, located in Aspen, Colorado, has jurisdiction over approximately 3 square miles at nearly 8000 feet. 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 37 employees:
Office of the Aspen Police Department is often a person's first contact with the department. The Customer Service Officers handle all customer needs by serving those they can directly, or by referring people to appropriate departments. Please contact the Front Office Staff at (970) 920-5400, Monday through Friday, 8AM - 5PM.
Some of the services this office performs for the public are:
- VIN Inspections
- Alarm Permits
- Car Safety Seat Installation
- Logo Sales
- Ski and Bike Registration
- Lost and Found
- Dog Registration
- Victim Services
- General questions about public safety and community policing services
The Aspen Police Department's patrol Division provides 24-hour police services to the Aspen's approximately 3 square miles. Responding to a variety of calls including criminal incidents, civil complaints, and emergency medical calls, patrol officers are trained in handling any situation that may arise with a commitment to enhancing the quality of life in our community.
In 2014 the patrol division is made up of 27 officers, including four sergeants, two detectives, and one School Resource Officer. When they are not directly responding to calls, the patrol division is 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 bar tenders 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 investigators office serves as a resource for patrol officers in their daily activities by assisting with and sometimes overseeing cases that require advanced investigative procedures or a large time commitment. Detectives deal with a wide variety of cases on a regular basis. They often assist patrol by providing advice, advanced evidence processing skills, and equipment to assist during the investigative stage of a case. Detectives have received training on major case investigations, property room management, technology evidence, and much more. 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 its 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 that the department seeks to proactively prevent criminal activities.
The Community Response Division of the Aspen Police Department is comprised of five non-sworn officers, authorized by the City of Aspen to enforce municipal codes. The goal of the Community Response Division 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 also engage in community safety education, special event management, coordination of the Bear Aware campaign, and enforcement of trash ordinances.