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The Colorado State Patrol is a quasi-military organization, which means it observes traditional military etiquette and customs. For example, the Patrol routinely conducts personnel inspections, observes a formalized chain-of-command rank structure, requires its troopers to salute commissioned officers, and abides by strict uniform and personal grooming standards. In many other respects though, the Patrol is not unlike any other law enforcement agency. The Colorado State Patrol is structured in a classic hierarchical fashion, with members of higher rank assuming command over a greater number of subordinates and being entrusted with more responsibility.

Colorado State Patrol Headquarters
700 Kipling Street
Lakewood, CO 80215
303.239.4500 (8:00 AM - 5:00pm M-F)
303.239.4400 (8:00 AM - 5:00pm M-F)
303.239.4501 (24 Hours)

Colorado State Patrol Academy &
Continuing Education
15055 S. Golden Rd
Golden, CO 80401
(8:00 AM - 5:00pm M-F)


Communication Centers

Commanded by a Major or Civilian Equivalent
The Colorado State Patrol operates five regional communication centers to assist the public and the field with communications regarding incidents on the road.  Communication Officer Career Path


Commanded by a Major or Civilian Equivalent
The next level in the organization is the district or branch. A district or branch is often comprised of several troops, sections, or units. A "district" is used to distinguish field personnel from those assigned to a branch, which generally provides material or investigative support to the field. Our Support Services Branch, for example, provides material support to the field districts and includes the Procurement and Supply Section, Facilities Management Section, and the Fleet Operations Section. District One, a field district, is comprised of the Golden Troop, Castle Rock Troop, and the Adams County Troop offices. The Patrol currently maintains five field districts, each of which is centralized in a particular geographic area of the state.

Port of Entry

Commanded by a Major or Civilian Equivalent

Port of Entry has ten stationary facilities located in key positions throughout the state. These facilities are located on most major highways that a motor carrier operator would use to either enter or exit Colorado. Click the address of the Port for a map.

Port Of Entry Career Path


Commanded by a Captain or Civilian Equivalent
The troop/section/unit is the first step in the organization's hierarchy. "Troops" describe a field office, where the bulk of our troopers are assigned to carry out the Patrol's traffic safety mission. "Section" and "unit" are similar to troops, but they are considered specialized work centers within the Patrol. Examples would include the Executive Security Unit or the Hazardous Materials Section. Sections and units either perform specialized enforcement activities or provide material support to field troops, while troops primarily perform traffic enforcement activities and crash investigation.

CSP Recruiter

Commanded by a Captain or Civilian Equivalent
The mission of the Colorado State Patrol Recruiting Team is to actively recruit the finest applicants through an impartial, standards based, selection process. The recruiting team works in conjunction with the backgound investigators to conduct rigorous, concise, in-depth background investigations utilizing professional law enforcement screening practices.

We do our very best to inform our applicants about our hiring process and the rewarding and stable career the Colorado State Patrol has to offer you. As you move along in our hiring process feel free to contact one of our recruiters at any time. Please view our Minimum Requirements page.

Public Information Officer

Commanded by a Captain or Civilian Equivalent

If you are a member of the media and need to contact the on-call Public Information Officer please call 303.239.4583.

A Public Information Officer is on-call 24 hours a day, seven days a week to answer media questions.

The Public Affairs Section of the Colorado State Patrol (CSP) is the public information source for the general public and Colorado's news media.

Some of the activities conducted by the Public Affairs Section include: General safety programs, public educational media events and briefings on the Patrol's DUI, seat belt, aggressive and inattention driving behaviors, speed enforcement and other traffic safety activities.

The Public Affairs Section also coordinates Colorado traffic safety programs with its counterparts in the federal government such as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and state organizations such as the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT). Additionally, this Section works closely with numerous corporate and community organizations to reduce traffic crashes as part of the Patrol's ongoing mission to save lives.

File A Compliment Or Complaint

We value the input of our constituency. We welcome your comments regarding concerns that you may have, and your congratulatory comments about our Troopers and employees who have gone above and beyond the call of duty.

Report An Aggressive Driver

Dial *CSP (*277) To Report an Aggressive Driver

Report A DUI/DUID Driver

Dial *CSP (*277) To Report an Impaired Driver