“Policing committed to community needs”
Aspen is a unique place to live, visit and work. As such, the police department specializes in community policing with an emphasis on crime prevention and public safety in an effort to enhance the quality of life in Aspen.
“To maintain at all times a relationship with the public that gives reality to the historic tradition that the police are the public and that the public are the police: the police being only the members of this public that are paid to give full-time attention to duties which are incumbent on every citizen in the interest of community welfare and existence.”
- Sir Robert Peel, Metropolitan Police of London, 1829
The Aspen Policing philosophy is based on the principle of consent. Our community has given their consent and trust to the Aspen Police Department to enhance the safety and feeling of security within our community. We will never take this consent for granted nor violate the trust of our community.
Community policing is a philosophy that promotes the use of partnerships and problem-solving techniques to proactively address the immediate conditions that give rise to public safety issues. Community Policing is comprised of three key components:
- Community partnerships between law enforcement and the individuals and organizations they serve to develop solutions to problems and increase trust in police.
- Organizational management, structure, personnel, and information systems to support community partnerships and proactive problem solving.
- Problem solving in a proactive and systematic manner to identify problems, develop solutions, and rigorously evaluate effective responses.