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Denver Police Department

Police Help Lines

Dial 9-1-1 for Emergencies ONLY

Non-Emergency Help
Crime Stoppers Anonymous Tips
720-913-7867 (STOP)
Gang Hotline
Report Graffiti
311 or
(720) 913-1311
Sex Offender Hotline
Hate Crimes Hotline


Department Organization


Chief of Police, Paul M. Pazen

Deputy Chief of Police, Barb Archer

Division Chief of Patrol, Ron Thomas

Division Chief of Investigations, Joe Montoya

Division Chief of Administration, Ron Saunier

Executive Command Staff Bios (pdf)


Phone: (720) 913-6037

The Major Crimes Division provides specialized investigations for homicides, robbery, sex crimes, missing persons, domestic violence, fraud and the victim assistance unit.

Homicide/Robbery Bureau: (720) 913-6050

The Homicide / Robbery Bureau investigates instances where a death occurs except when traffic related, anything of value taken from a person by force, extortion, threats/intimidation, as well as weapons violations by juveniles.

Cold Case Unit: (720) 913-STOP (7867) or

The Denver Police Cold Case Unit proactively combines advances in DNA technology and traditional investigative techniques to solve cold case homicides and sexual assault cases.  The Cold Case Unit's motto WE WILL NEVER FORGET is a daily reminder to pursue justice for victims and their families long thought forgotten.

Sex Crimes: (720) 913-6040

Sex Crimes responds to sexual assaults, as well as sexually-motivated child abductions by strangers.  

Sex Offender Registration: (720) 913-6152

The Sex Offender Registration Unit oversees registration of sex offenders and coordinates notification to the community of sexually violent predators released within designated neighborhood boundary limits.

Domestic Violence Hotline: (720) 913-6071

The Domestic Violence detectives investigate domestic violence incidents such as assault, kidnapping, threats, telephone harassment, restraining order violations, menacing, and stalking.

Fraud/Financial Crime: (720) 913-6752

Fraud is responsible for the investigation and case filing of complaints related to checks, credit cards, forgeries and frauds.

Vice/Drug Bureau: (720) 913-6060 
The Vice / Drug Control Bureau is responsible for regulation and enforcement of laws governing:

  • Prostitution
  • Sex trafficking
  • Gambling
  • Scalping
  • Brand protection
  • Liquor licenses
  • Controlled substances

Special Investigation: (720) 913-6753 
The Special Investigations Bureau oversees complex investigations including:

  • Fugitive apprehension
  • Internet predators
  • Illegal weapons activity
  • Specialized electronic equipment
  • Overt camera surveillance
  • School violence
  • Terrorism and criminal intelligence activities

Gang Bureau: (720) 913-1333
Gang Hotline: (720) 913-1339

The Gang Bureau is responsible for enforcing local, state and federal laws pertaining to gang related and gang-motivated crimes. 

The Traffice Operations Bureau is responsible for one-the-scene investigations of motor vehicle crashes, the safe and efficient movement of vehicle traffic on city streets and highways, and the enforcement of traffic related city ordinances and state statutes.  We also oversee the following programs:

Phote Radar Enforcement (720)337-1114

Special Events/Street Closure Permit (720)337-1066

Traffic Investigations: (720) 337-1000
Traffic Investigations Bureau is responsible for on-the-scene and follow-up investigation of the following:

  • Fatal accidents or serious bodily injury accidents
  • Hit and run accidents
  • Pursuits and eluding of Denver Police Department officers
  • Habitual traffic Offenders
  • Accidents involving Denver Police Department vehicles
  • Accidents involving Denver Fire Department or Denver Health ambulances when operating with emergency lights and sirens
  • Accidents involving City and County of Denver vehicles when significant property damage, injuries or fatalities are involved
  • Criminal impersonation
  • Hazardous materials

Photo Radar Enforcement (720) 337-1114
The Photo Enforcement Unit provides photo radar and photo red light enforcement throughout the City and County of Denver.

To pay a traffic ticket, visit

Air Support: (720) 913-6022
The Denver Police Air Support Unit has been responsible for the capture of numerous criminals including fleeing felons and the safe termination of high speed vehicle pursuits. We have assisted in searches for missing persons and lost children, provided assistance to surrounding jurisdictions, assisted in drug suppression activities and engaged in general crime prevention efforts.

Metro/SWAT: (303) 871-8888
The METRO / SWAT Bureau is force of trained officers in special weapons and tactics and is responsible for responding to all immediate entry warrants and other potentially hazardous situations. The bureau is responsible for critical incident response and protection in the following areas:

  • VIP protection
  • Riots
  • Barricaded subjects 
  • Mass demonstrations
  • Hostage situations
  • Snipers
  • Fire bombings

Bomb Threats: (720) 913-2000 or 911 in an emergency
The Denver Police Bomb Squad responds to:

  • Explosive investigations
  • Explosive device diffusion and mitigation
  • Presentations on explosive safety and awareness


The Crisis Services Division provides immediate intervention, support, information, referrals and other assistance to victims of crime, witnesses and/or their families including incidents of non-criminal, stark misfortune. Please call us if you need assistance at (720) 913-6035.

Forensics: (720) 337-2010 
Forensics is responsible for the examination of crime scene evidence and expert testimony in court case. To learn more, visit our web page at



Phone: (303) 342-2300
The Denver International Airport (DIA) police bureau is responsible for:

  • Uniformed patrol of airport property
  • Roadways and facilities
  • Traffic investigations and enforcement
  • Criminal investigations

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Phone: (720) 913-6890
The Planning, Research & Support Division handles special projects impacting the Denver Police Department. The office provides support for the chief in the form of researching future trends, policies and procedural changes and the planning and implementation of these projects. We also respond to outside agency requests

Phone: (720) 913-1350
The Academy provides instruction to Denver police officers and staff, as well as other law enforcement personnel accross the Rocky Mountain region.  To learn more, visit our web page at

Evidence (Property): (720) 913-6718 
Call us to arrange a time to claim your property. You will need a valid ID/Drivers License or Passport. Our office is open 8:00 am - 3:00 pm, Monday through Friday. 

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Police Administration Building
1331 Cherokee Street
Denver, CO 80204
Information Desk: (720) 913-6010
Non-Emergency Line: (720) 913-2000

Dial 911 for Emergencies

Media Inquiries & Open Records Requests

Media Inquiries

The Denver Police Department Public Information Office can assist with media inquiries, records requests, and other communications related items.

Phone: (720)663-8203
(media inquiries only)

CORA - Colorado Open Records Requests

In order to pay for the cost of staff, custodians of public records within the City and County of Denver may charge for research and retrieval time necessary to respond to requests for records under the Colorado Open Records Act (CORA). Pursuant to C.R.S. 24-72-205(6), effective July 1, 2014, staff time may be charged at a rate not to exceed $30.00 per hour. There shall be no charge for the first hour of time for the research and retrieval of records.

DPD Pension Board

Police Pension and Relief Board agenda notices and meeting minutes.

2014 Minutes

2015 Minutes

2016 Minutes

2017 Minutes

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