Department of Public Safety

The Department of Public Safety (DOS) unifies all the city agencies tasked with ensuring Denver is the safest and most welcoming city in the nation. Our mission is to deliver a full spectrum of high-quality, public safety services to the individuals who live, work and visit the City and County of Denver.

Under the guidance of our Executive Director who is appointed by the Mayor, DOS provides management, discipline, human resources, administrative support and policy direction for the Police, Fire and Sheriff Departments, the 911 Emergency Communications Center and oversees Youth Programs, Community Corrections, the Gang Reduction Initiative and the Public Safety Cadet Program.

Call 911 if you are:
  • Having difficulty breathing or are choking
  • Having an allergic reaction
  • Having symptoms of a heart attack or stroke
  • Are experiencing feelings of confusion, dizziness, or are disoriented
  • Having difficulty speaking, walking, or seeing
  • Have sudden severe pain
Do NOT call 911 if you:
  • Want information about COVID-19
  • Need a ride to the doctor's office
  • want to get tested
  • have mild symptoms

To learn more about our 9-1-1 Communications and to sign up for emergency information and notifications in Denver, visit www.denvergov.org/911 and our emergency services for people with disabilities page.

You can also read more 9-1-1 guidance from the State of Colorado