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 have completed their posts for the 2019 summer season. CSOs were employed throughout the downtown area seven days a week from Memorial Day until mid-August and on weekends through September. These hardworking seasonal employees served as ambassadors in the downtown corridor. The CSOs focused on the Elkhorn Avenue intersections - to keep pedestrians out of intersections between walk cycles and cars out of intersections during walk cycles. During times of extremely heavy traffic, they directed traffic to ease congestion. In addition, the CSOs were on foot patrol where they took calls for service, such as lost and found property, and assisted sworn officers with an array of tasks. CSOs are supervised by Officer Curt Plassmeyer.
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.