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 just under 10,000 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 has 34 authorized positions. These positions consist of a Lieutenant who oversees Field Operations and a Lieutenant who oversees Administrative Services. It also includes Patrol Officers, Detectives, School Resource Officer, Community Response Officers (Code Enforcement/Parking Control) and Professional Support personnel..  The sworn personnel are primarily patrol oriented, with a strong Investigations Division who regularly support patrol functions.  Our Patrol personnel are expected to handle a wide variety of call-types, from a barking dog complaint to shots fired call, become certified in the Intoxilyzer and Standard Field Sobriety Tests (SFSTs), and are trained and mentored to become well-rounded officers with the ability to provide comprehensive service to our community and visitors alike.

Chief Joseph H. DerasChief Joseph H. Deras

I am pleased to welcome you to the Glenwood Springs Police Department’s web site. It is the highlight of my career and pleasure to serve our community and provide police services with dignity, respect for everyone and integrity which we believe are the gold standard in our industry.

I am eager to invite you to browse our webpage and familiarize yourself with the various dimensions of our department. I hope you find this to be informative as there are several resources available to you here.  The goal of our web site is to provide detailed information and access to our team and any services you may need. As you browse through our pages, I encourage you to contact me with ideas you might have about police department matters you feel would be of interest to others. My goal is to make our pages a good source of current information for our citizens and visitors to our community.

It is my honor and distinct pleasure to have been selected as your Police Chief, placing me in the position to work alongside a staff of such dedicated and highly trained men and women. We are grateful for your trust and endeavor to work with every member of the community in achieving our mission, “to protect with integrity and courage to serve with honor and compassion”.

Public safety is our top priority in Glenwood Springs. We are committed to building on the solid and long-established partnerships with our residents, schools, civic organizations and businesses. We believe that working collaboratively we can maintain a safe and enjoyable community in which to live and visit.

Your police department has 34 authorized position. These positions consist of a Lieutenant who oversees Field Operations and a Lieutenant who oversees Administrative Services. It also includes Patrol Officers, Detectives, School Resource Officer, Community Response Officers (Code Enforcement/Parking Control) and Professional Support personnel.

Our team believes in the co-production of public safety services which is the cornerstone of our culture. This enables us to respond to the needs of the community with the most effective, contemporary and best practices in American law enforcement. In every contact, we strive to deliver excellent customer service with our primary focus of ensuring the safety and well-being of our citizens and visitors.

Thank you again for visiting our website and I can be reached by office phone at (970) 384-6500 or at ChiefofPolice@glenwoodpolice.com.


Joseph H. Deras

Chief of Police


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.  Glenwood Springs Police Department uses traditional methods of law enforcement including vehicle, bicycle and foot 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.

Patrol Officers also have access to the department’s unmarked police vehicles.  These vehicles offer Patrol Officers 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 focuses 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 Alcorta

The GSPD currently has one officer assigned to the Glenwood Springs schools.  Officer Jerry Alcorta is responsible for the Glenwood Springs High School, Glenwood Springs Middle School, Glenwood Springs Elementary, and Sopris Elementary Schools. The work of the SRO in partnership with the Glenwood Springs schools is based on a triad approach. The officer works as a law enforcement officer, a law-related counselor, and a law-related education teacher.

Goals of the SRO Program

  • Bridge the gap between officers and young people
  • Increase positive attitudes towards law enforcement
  • Teach the value of our legal system
  • Promote respect for people and property
  • Reduce juvenile delinquency by helping students formulate an awareness of rules, authority, and justice

As 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.

Officer Gobbo & K9 Zeus K9 – Officer Gobbo & K9 Zeus

“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 currently operates one K9 team:

K9 Zeus is a male German Shepherd and Belgian Malinois mix, and was acquired from Castle’s K9 in December 2009. Officer Gobbo and K9 Zeus are certified in patrol work, including tracking, narcotics, and article searches.

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. K9 Drug SearchOpen 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 TeamCode Enforcement

The 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

AHRT Garfield County Colorado