The City of Glenwood Springs is located at the juncture of the Colorado and Roaring Fork Rivers in the heart of the Colorado Rockies.  Glenwood Springs is a busy town of 8,000 people that serves as the business center of the rapidly growing Garfield County area.  With daily work force and tourist populations, the Police Department services a population of approximately 12,000-15,000 people, with that number increasing during the busy summer months.

The Department strives to be progressive in its pursuit of training and programs, offering Officer participation in School Resource OfficerK-9All Hazards Response Team, and Drug Recognition Expert, as well as encouraging Officers to achieve Instructor status in Police-related fields.

The Police Department is currently approved for staffing with 27 sworn personnel and 9 civilian employees.  The sworn personnel are primarily patrol oriented, with a strong Investigations Division who regularly support patrol functions.  Two Officers are currently assigned as School Resource Officers.  Patrol personnel are expected to handle a wide variety of call-types, and are trained and mentored to become well-rounded Officers with the ability to provide comprehensive service to our community and visitors.

In 2002, the Police Department moved into a new building as part of the new City Hall complex.  The upgraded facilities and increased room allow for the efficient operation of this young and virile department.


The primary duties of the Patrol Officer are to enforce and uphold the criminal and traffic laws of and for the City of Glenwood Springs and the State of Colorado.  Unlike other police departments, Patrol Officers are not assigned to a specific task or area inside the city limits.  Patrol Officers will respond to calls for service, enforce traffic laws, and utilize proactive policing methods throughout the entire city limits of Glenwood Springs.

Patrol Officers have several methods of performing their duties.  Similar to most police departments, Glenwood Springs Police Department uses traditional methods of law enforcement including vehicle and foot patrol.  We also offer bicycle patrol, motorcycle patrol, and unmarked vehicle patrol to perform regular proactive law enforcement duties, as well as assist with special events such as Strawberry Days.

An officer performing bicycle patrol  will find that there are several advantages to using the bicycle.  The officer will be able to access areas that a patrol vehicle cannot, the officer will have more stealth and mobility during downtown patrol at night; and the officer will be more easily approached by the public.

The Patrol Officer will also have some access to the department’s unmarked police vehicles.  These vehicles offer the Patrol Officer the ability to enforce traffic laws, perform surveillance, patrol problem areas, as well as perform proactive law enforcement functions in a low profile manner.


The Investigations Division is staffed by two Detectives and one supervisor, a Detective Sergeant. The GSPD also has an officer assigned to the Two Rivers Drug Enforcement Team (TRIDENT), a multi-agency Drug Task Force that operates throughout the 9th Judicial District.

The Investigations Division focus on all major crime categories including homicide, robbery, sexual assault, burglary and major thefts. The Detective’s primary responsibilities include crime scene management; collection, storing and processing of evidence; conducting interviews and interrogations of suspects, witnesses and victims; operation of specialized equipment; and preparation of warrants, affidavits and other official documents.

Along with crimes usually associated with resort communities we are seeing an increase in property crime, such as residential and business burglaries and vehicle break-in’s.

Patrol Officers complete the initial reports; however, cases that are complex in nature or that will require substantial time and resources are assigned to investigations. The Investigations Division schedule is designed to be flexible so that: (1) they are available to assist the Patrol Division as much as possible, and (2) to conduct proactive enforcement operations.

GSPD Investigators are part of the 9th Judicial District Critical Incident Team


Additional Resources:

Crime Scene and Bio-hazard Mitigation Services

School Resource Officer

The GSPD has two officers assigned to the Glenwood Springs schools.  Officer Guy Ryan is assigned to the Glenwood Springs High School.  Officer Brian Larison is assigned to the Glenwood Springs Middle School, Glenwood Springs Elementary, and Sopris Elementary Schools.

The work of the SRO in partnership with the Glenwood Springs Middle and High School is based in a triad approach. The officer works as a law enforcement officer, a law-related counselor, and a law-related education teacher.

SRO Brian LarisonAs a Law Enforcement Officer, the SRO responds to all types of offenses on campus, takes reports, and makes arrests.  The SRO assists the school with enforcing its school rules and takes on the responsibility of developing and maintaining a safe learning environment for all students and staff.  The SRO is not a school disciplinarian, but often works with the school administration when a violation of school rules is also a violation of the law.  The SRO believes that the safety of the students must be taken into consideration when responding to every situation.

As a law-related Counselor, the SRO specializes in law related issues, discusses reality and common sense issues, as well as family or relationship issues.  The SRO can be involved in counseling students that have broken school rules, helping the students work on problem-solving skills, or just being someone for the students to be able to talk to.  The SRO makes referrals to the school counselor or other agencies when dealing with more serious issues.

As a law-related Teacher, the SRO is a qualified and trained presenter in the classrooms.  The SRO talks to the students about topics ranging from bike safety, stranger danger, to rape awareness, domestic violence, and traffic violations.  The SRO also speaks on topics of drug awareness, substance abuse, violence reduction, and conflict resolution.  The SRO best teaches by being a positive role model for the students.

K9 Unit

“He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his life, his love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion.” – Cicero

The Police Department operates two K9 teams:

K9 Zeus & Sgt. Scott Robertson

K9 Zeus is a male German Shepherd and Belgian Malinois mix, and was acquired from Castle’s K9 in December 2009. Sergeant Robertson and Zeus are dual-certified in patrol work, including tracking, narcotics, and articles searches.


Glenwood Springs Police K9 Zeus

K9 Kane & Sgt. Dan Bowen

K9 Kane is a male Belgian Malinois & German Shepherd originally from Slovakia. K9 Kane was trained at Castle’s K9. Sergeant Bowen and Kane are dual-certified in patrol work, including tracking, narcotics, and articles searches.


Glenwood Springs Police K9 Kane

What are the duties of a K9 Unit?

K9 Vehicle SearchA canine has remarkable olfactory and hearing senses that allow them to perform functions that can assist patrol officers. The canine handler team can be used in support of the patrol officers in the following situations:

Tracking – The canine tracks human scent. Tracking is used mostly is tracking suspects from the scene of various crimes.

Building Searches – The canine can search buildings and homes where alarms have been received or crimes in progress have been detected.

Crime Scene Searching – The canine can point out objects within an area on the ground that are of evidentiary value.

Open Area Searches – Locating dangerous and hiding suspects that could pose a danger to officers in open vegetated areas.

Narcotics Detection – Locating the presence of hidden narcotics in vehicles, buildings, or other structures.

Criminal Apprehension – The canine may be called upon to apprehend and contain a fleeing suspect, preventing the use of greater force to subdue a fleeing or combative suspect.

Code Enforcement

Code Enforcement OfficerThe Code Enforcement Officer performs enforcement and pro-active duties related to Municipal Ordinances and State Laws.  The officer is primarily responsible for resolving issues such as animal complaints, trash and weed violations, nuisance abatement, zoning violations, parking complaints, and impoundment of abandoned vehicles.

All Hazards Response Team

The Garfield County All Hazards Response Team (AHRT) was developed in response to the ever-increasing needs of the communities in the county.  The team and its equipment are generally funded through grants made possible by the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security.

The AHRT Team is a joint effort between various law enforcement agencies in the county, and currently includes sworn officers from the Glenwood Springs Police Dept., Rifle Police Dept., and the Garfield County Sheriff’s Dept.  Additionally, the team includes medics and firefighter personnel from the Glenwood Springs Fire Dept.

Members of the AHRT Team have attended extensive training, including basic SWAT School through the Utah County (UT) Sheriff’s Office, as well as courses in hazmat operations, active shooter, chemical munitions, distraction devices, and tactical tracking, rappelling, and breaching.

In 2008, the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office purchased a Lenco BearCat using their own existing funds to further support the mission of the AHRT.

Recognizing that the presence of a highly trained, highly skilled tactical unit has been shown to substantially reduce the risk of injury or loss of life to citizens, police officers, firefighters and suspects.  By recognizing that a well managed team response to critical incidents usually results in a successful resolution of critical incidents, it is the intent of the All Hazards Response Team to work together to provide a highly trained and skilled tactical team as a resource for those that are in need.

– Mission Statement of AHRT