History of Auxiliary Unit
The Estes Park Auxiliary Unit was officially created on March 22, 2001, and was originally formed as the “Estes Park Police Department Volunteer Unit”.
The first members of the Volunteer Unit were those citizens already volunteering their time with the Police Department as well as several individuals from those who attended the newly created Citizen’s Police Academy.
The members of the new Volunteer Unit assisted the Police Department with many tasks. They not only worked inside the Department, but, on May 12, 2001, the Volunteer Unit worked it‘s first official event, the Estes Park Bike Rodeo. During its’ first year, the volunteer unit assisted with such special events as the Big Horn Race, the June Rodeos, the Rooftop Rodeo, Scottish-Irish Festival, Catch the Glow Parade, as well as several other community activities.
As the duties and responsibilities of the Volunteer Unit increased, the Unit was officially changed to the Police Auxiliary Unit on Sept. 30, 2003. The uniform changed to the current gray shirt with “Estes Park Police” patches, Auxiliary badge and Navy Blue pants.
September 30, 2003 also saw the creation of Auxiliary Supervisors and a commitment to increase the professional status of the Auxiliary Unit by creating an Auxiliary Unit Operations Manual.
The Auxiliary Academy was added, and a patrol vehicle was procured as the Auxiliary continues to evolve and grow.