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.
If the Patrol Officer has a motorcycle endorsement on his or her driver’s license, then the officer will have available the use of the Department’s on/off road motorcycle. The 2007 Kawasaki KLR650, fully equipped with LED lights, siren, and a handheld radarunit, offers the ability for the officer to reach areas that are not accessible to a patrol vehicle. The officer can still respond to calls and conduct traffic enforcement. The motorcycle allows the Officer to quickly reach any part of town where as the officer’s speed would be limited on a bicycle.
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.