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At-Risk Persons & Mandatory Reporting


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The Denver Police Department recognizes that fear of mistreatment is one of the major concerns of at-risk persons.  The Denver Police Department, along with our partners at Denver Adult Protective Services, the Denver District Attorney's Office, and Rocky Mountain Human Services, is dedicated to providing the highest level of customer service to our at-risk population while complying with the mandatory reporting laws associated with at-risk persons.

As of July 1, 2014, certain professionals must report any suspected or actual physical or sexual abuse, caretaker neglect or exploitation of at-risk elders (persons 70 years of age or older).

On July 1, 2016, this mandatory reporting law was amended to include additional mandatory reporters and added at-risk adults with an Intellectual/Developmental Disability (I/DD) to the same protected class with at-risk elders.

If you are a mandatory reporter and observe or suspect mistreatment (abuse, neglect, or exploitation) of an at-risk elder or adult with an I/DD, you must make a report with law Enforcement within 24 hours.

Not sure if you are a mandatory reporter?

Colorado Adult Protective Services has a website that explains the law and even provides on-line training.

If you are a community member who is not considered to be a mandatory reporter or are a mandatory reporter who needs to report issues of self-neglect or other concerns, please contact Denver Adult Protective Services Hotline at 720-944-2994.

Rocky Mountain Human Services can be contacted with any questions or concerns involving a person with an Intellectual/Developmental Disability that is not covered under the mandatory reporting law.


When Should I Call 911?

Only call 911 for the following reasons:

  • To stop a crime
  • To report a fire
  • To save a life

Learn more about what to expect when calling 911. For all other concerns, call our non-emergency line at (720) 913-2000.

What's the non-emergency line?

Call this number to report the following:

  • A crime to a person not life threatening
  • Burglary to a home not in progress
  • Auto theft not in progress
  • Parking complaints
  • Loud music complaints

Police Administration Building
1331 Cherokee Street
Denver, CO 80204

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Denver Police Department

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

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