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Departments

Fremont County Combined Investigative Response Team 

Fremont County C.I.R.T. is a multi-jurisdictional authority comprised of investigative personnel from the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office, Florence Police Department, Canon City Police Department, and the Fremont County Department of Human Services; with additional personnel utilized as needed from the District Attorney’s Office for the 11th Judicial District.

CIRT is responsible for the investigation of all serious crimes and high profile incidents that occur within the County of Fremont.
 

School Resource Officer -

What is the SRO Program? It is a partnership between the Florence Police Department and Fremont RE-2 School District. 
What does an SRO do? The SRO works closely with the school teachers, principals, and counselors to provide a safe learning environment, law-related education, and the expertise of a trained law enforcement officer on school grounds.

What types of functions does the SRO provide? 
 
  • A visible, active Officer present on school grounds to deal with law-related issues. EX: Bullying, fighting, property destruction, child safety
  • A member of the school team working hand in hand to solve problems in the school community.
  • A resource for the students enabling them to be associated with positive law enforcement figure in the students’ environment.
  • As a resource for teachers, parents, and students for law related concerns and questions.
  • As a counseling resource in areas which may affect the educational environment and may be law related.

Common Roles of SRO
 
  • Provide a program of educational leadership to the students, parents, and faculty addressing tobacco, alcohol, and other drug issues, gang activity, violence diffusion, violence prevention, crime prevention, and safety issues in the school community.
  • Act as a communication liaison with law enforcement agencies; provide basic information concerning students served by the officer.
  • Gather information regarding potential problems in school to include individuals who may be a disruptive influence to the school and or students.
  • Take steps appropriate and consistent with a law enforcement officer’s duty when a crime occurs.
  • Refer students and their families to the appropriate agencies for assistance when a need is determined.
  • Be available for conferences with students, parents and faculty members to assist with problems related to law enforcement and crime prevention.
  • Confer with schools to develop strategies to prevent or minimize dangerous situations near or on school grounds.
  • Promote citizens awareness of law enforcement efforts on campus to ensure the peaceful operation of school related programs and build support with the students.
  • Attend school functions or extract curricular school events.
  •  Abide by school board policies and consult with and coordinate activities through the school principal.

GOALS:

            To bridge the gap of communication with law enforcement, school administration and the families that attend our great schools. To create and re-enforce an environment that allows the children in our great community to feel comfortable and safe in the presence of Law Enforcement, and last but not least use every opportunity possible to create a teachable moment that will have a lasting effect on our kiddos as they are our future. 

 

Code Enforcement - Lt. Shane Prickett

The City of Florence is very active in keeping our city clean and safe for all to enjoy.  Code enforcement is responsible for enforcing municipal ordinances and codes regarding city-owned and private property within the city limits.  The most common ordinances that are enforced are:
  • Unsightly vehicles and unsightly vehicle parts.
  • Undesirable growth (weeds) Accumulation of trash, debris, animal feces
  • Abandonment of appliances, vehicles, etc.
  • Parking of trailers, campers, and motor homes.
The process for enforcing the ordinance violations include: 
  • The initial complaint (from a citizen or observed by officer)
  • A letter advising the owner of the violation, allowing 10 days to comply.
  • A second and FINAL notice sent allowing 10 additional days.
  • The city will bid the clean up to an outside contractor. 
(A lien on the property, summons and fines may be imposed at that time.) 

            The City of Florence has local volunteers, groups and charity organizations that can assist in clean up for the handicapped, elderly, etc.

            To report a code violation, contact Lieutenant Shane Prickett at 719-784-3411, or email him at shane.prickett@pd.florencecolorado.org.

FRECOM Dispatch and Communications- Angie Clawson

Although people are not generally aware of the pressures and duties of the Emergency Dispatcher, one thing is certain: no department, fire or police, can function without a talented, patient, and highly trained staff of professional dispatchers.  While dealing with dozens or hundreds of mundane calls a day, they must also be ready to take the life-or-death call that could come at any minute.  They must keep an eye on the Police Officers, Fire Fighters and EMT's on duty.  The lives of Officers and citizens alike depend on the organization and wisdom of the Dispatcher.  Every word that is spoken is recorded and may be later scrutinized for any hint of imperfection.  It is important to note that the vast majority of investigations show no fault on the part of dispatchers. 

Dispatchers are responsible for all incoming phone calls, radio traffic with numerous officers, running warrant and license plate checks, helping citizens who come into the lobby, assisting neighboring law enforcement agencies, handling requests from the Chief of Police, and innumerable pieces of paper generated by administrative tasks to numerous to mention. 

At times, citizens may feel that a dispatcher is rude or curt with them, but the truth is, the dispatcher must occasionally be businesslike or "direct" with a caller in order to handle other, more urgent tasks.  Even though you may not get the answer you want to hear, it's their job to prioritize the matters at hand. 

If you should happen to call "911 by accident, please do not hang up - stay on the line and talk to the dispatcher.  If you don't, you'll be getting a visit from a Police Officer, and you'll have to explain yourself. 

Please do not call the police department for a phone number - we have the same phone book you do.  Call "411" for that. 

Dispatch relocated in 2012 to Canon City, but still serves the city of Florence.

Police Reserves

The Florence Police Department has an active reserve program, with a long history of service to the community.  The Florence Police Department has reserve police officers comprised of community members who volunteer their time to fulfill many of the roles handled by full-time sworn police officers.  Reserve Officers receive the same training as full-time officers and work alongside them in every aspect of department operations.  Lt. Shane Prickett is in charge of the reserve program and oversees the administrative functions.

The Florence Police Department continuously seeks qualified community members who meet the standards to become a Florence Police Reserve Officer.  Currently, there are 5 active reserve officers.  A reserve officer may or may not be interested in becoming a full-time officer.  It is suggested that candidates interested in full-time employment first apply and participate in the reserve program.  

The minimum qualifications to be a reserve police officer are: 

21 years of age or older

United States Citizen        

High school diploma or GED

Valid Colorado driver’s license 

POST certified.  

Reserve Officers are generally not content to play a passive role in life.  Instead, they continue to devote more and more of their time and talents to the City of Florence. They “get involved” for the betterment of the community.  Because reserve officers are effective representatives for their neighborhoods, they support law enforcement and their presence in the department provides full-time officers with more insight into all segments of the city’s population.