Police Department

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Our Mission Statement

In partnership with the community, the Denver Police Department strives to operate a police agency focused on preventing crime in a respectful manner, demonstrating that everyone matters.



The focus of the Denver Police Department is to prevent crime within the City and County of Denver and treat all its residents with dignity and respect every day. To do this, the Department will employ a precision policing strategy to focus enforcement and prevention efforts on addressing neighborhood-specific issues and decreasing high-frequency crimes. Special emphasis will be placed on addressing root causes of social harms within our community that may contribute to those neighborhood issues. These include harms caused by the effects of unaddressed behavioral health and substance abuse, threats to public trust caused by a fear of crime and multimodal transportation safety issues.

-Chief Paul M Pazen

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The Denver Police Department is looking for talented, qualified community members to come work with us!

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A History of Progressive Policing

The Denver Police Department believes in a collaborative approach to public safety and values diversity of thought around complex issues. We strive to be a forward leaning agency focused on making Denver the safest, most equitable city in the country.

Traffic Safety

The Denver Police Department is committed to Denver’s Vision Zero goal and is increasing the number of traffic police officers to educate and enforce traffic violations. Using a data-driven approach, officers will be deployed in areas where there are a high number of crashes.

people have died in traffic crashes in Denver in 2021.
Last fatality: November 22
57 people died in 2020

The top fatal crash factors include speed, impaired driving, aggressive driving, distracted driving, and not wearing seat belts. Motorists are reminded to follow the speed limit, designate a sober driver, stay calm and do not show displeasure to other drivers, don’t text and drive, and always wear your seat belt. Traffic crashes are avoidable and traffic safety is a shared responsibility.

Our goal: Zero traffic-related deaths and serious injuries by 2030.

Learn more about Traffic Enforcement and Safety and Photo Radar Enforcement.

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Contact Us

Police Administration Building
1331 Cherokee Street
Denver, CO 80204

Information Desk: 720-913-6010
Non-Emergency Line: 720-913-2000

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News and Media

Members of the news media can contact the Denver Police Media Relations team at:


Press Releases

Complaints or Commendations

The Office of Independent Monitor (OIM) accepts complaints and commendations for all civil service personnel, including police officers. All complaints are assigned a case number by the OIM and forwarded to the Internal Affairs Bureau of the Denver Police and/or Sheriff Department to be assigned to a sergeant for review. The OIM monitors the entire Internal Affairs process to ensure that it is handled in a reasonable and appropriate manner. For a more detailed description of the complaint handling process or to file a complaint or commendation, visit the Independent Monitor's commendations and complaints page.

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Denver Police Foundation

Providing Aid to Officers & Enhancing Public Safety

Learn more about the Denver Police Foundation.