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Office of the Chief of Police


Chief of Police, Paul M. Pazen


Deputy Chief of Police, Barb Archer


Patrol Division


Division Chief Ron Thomas



The Patrol Districts protect life and property, through crime prevention and community engagement. The six patrol districts throughout the City are staffed by uniformed police officers as well as specialized officers and detectives.




Division Chief Joe Montoya




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


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. 


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Major Crimes

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

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.

Crime Stoppers: (720) 913-STOP (7867) or

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.

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

Traffic Operations: (720) 337-1030

The Traffic Operations Bureau is responsible for on-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:

Photo 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.

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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.



Division Chief Ron Saunier





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Administrative Management: (720) 913-6755

The Administrative Management Division provides oversight of the Identification Section, Information Management Section, Fleet Management Section, Juvenile Section, Uniform/Stationary Supply Unit, and the Data Analysis Unit. 

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

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

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. 

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

Contact Police Administration

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 and Open Records Requests

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

Phone: (720)663-8203

Email: (media inquiries only)

Open Records Requests

To pay for the cost of processing a Colorado Open Records Act (CORA) request, the agency custodian may charge for the time spent to research and respond to records requests under CORA. Following the Colorado Revised Statutes C.R.S. §24-72-205(6), agency custodians may charge $33 per hour for researching, retrieving and reviewing records. There is no charge for the first hour of research, retrieval and review of records.

For more information, visit the City’s Colorado Open Records Act webpage below.

DPD Pension Board

Police Pension and Relief Board Agenda Notices and Meeting Minutes

2014 Minutes

2015 Minutes

2016 Minutes (January-March)

2016 (July-December) to Present
07-14-16  Agenda Minutes
08-18-16 Agenda Minutes
12-01-16 Agenda Minutes
02-02-17 Agenda Minutes
04-13-17 Agenda Minutes
05-18-17 Agenda Minutes
06-01-17 Agenda Minutes
08-03-17 Agenda Minutes
10-05-17 Agenda Minutes
12-07-17 Agenda Minutes
2018 Agenda Minutes
02-07-19 Agenda Minutes
04-04-19 Agenda Minutes
06-06-19 Agenda Minutes
08-22-19 Agenda Minutes
10-10-19 Agenda Minutes
12-05-19 Agenda  

Police Administration Building
1331 Cherokee Street
Denver, CO 80204

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Non-Emergency: 720-913-2000
Emergency: Dial 9-1-1

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