Community Service Officer
Every summer season Estes Park sees a dramatic increase in vehicle and pedestrian traffic. To assist Patrol and ensure pedestrian safety and traffic flow, Estes Park Police Department employs seasonal Community Service Officers (CSOs). CSOs perform a variety of duties, including parking enforcement; traffic flow; traffic safety; animal control; lost and found property; special events and parades. CSOs primarily patrol on foot in the downtown corridor where the highest pedestrian and vehicle traffic occur. CSOs are deployed throughout Estes Park during special events and large incidents.
The Estes Park Police Department's CSOs are at their posts for the summer. These hardworking seasonal employees serve as ambassadors in the downtown corridor. This year the CSOs will be focused on the Elkhorn Avenue intersections, aiming to keep pedestrians out of intersections between walk cycles and cars out of intersections during walk cycles. During times of extremely heavy traffic, they will be seen directing traffic as necessary to ease congestion. In addition, CSOs will be on foot patrol, enforcing parking regulations, conducting parking surveys and assisting sworn officers. The CSOs are supervised by Officer Curt Plassmeyer.
CSOs will be visible throughout the downtown area seven days a week from Memorial Day until mid-August and on weekends through September. Police Chief Wes Kufeld, who once served as a CSO himself, believes in the importance of this program. He stated, "We strive to provide a safe environment for all who enjoy Estes Park. Our CSOs are a great addition and they are ready to assist with public safety needs in our downtown area." Learn more about CSOs in the Estes Park community through Chief Kufeld's article on the history of CSOs.