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The Estes Park Police Department provides police patrol service to the Town of Estes Park, which has an estimated population of 6,000. Estes Park borders the Rocky Mountain National Park and experiences significant tourism during the summer months, which bring over four million visitors to the region each year.
Patrol is responsible for responding to emergency and non-emergency calls for service within Town limits, crime prevention, traffic safety, animal control and service for special events throughout the year. Patrol consists of 13 Sworn Police Officers, two Patrol Sergeants and is overseen by the Operations Captain.
In addition to proactive patrol and responding to daily calls for service, officers also take part in special assignments such as School Resource Officer (SRO), Emergency Response Team (ERT), and specialized enforcement programs.
The Estes Park Police Department is responsible for animal control within the limits of the Town of Estes Park. To report domesticated animal control issues or wildlife hazards within Town of Estes Park, call police dispatch at 970-586-4000. To report domesticated animal control issues outside the Town of Estes Park, contact Larimer County Humane Society at 970-226-3647. For issues with wildlife (non-domesticated animals), contact Colorado Parks and Wildlife at 970-472-4300.
The Estes Park Police Department discourages the use of 911 for animal or wildlife emergencies unless there is a threat to human life. The Estes Park Police Department assists Colorado Parks and Wildlife with wild animals when their presence is a threat to public safety. The Department is dedicated to the safety of the public as well as the safety of wild animals. To report a wildlife problem that could cause harm to viewers or the animals, please call 970-586-4000.
For more information about wildlife safety and tips, visit the Town's Living with Wildlife page.
The Estes Park Police Department is proud to support and take part in The Heat is On, which is a high visibility enforcement campaign sponsored by the Colorado Department of Transportation aimed at reducing alcohol and drug impaired driving. Report a suspected impaired driver by calling dispatch at 970-586-4000. If reporting an impaired driver outside city limits dial *277. To learn more about how to spot an impaired driver view these tips from Colorado State Patrol.
Emergency Response Team (ERT) members are specially trained and equipped to work as a coordinated team to resolve critical incidents that are exceedingly hazardous, complex or present circumstances that may exceed the capabilities of first responders or investigative units. ERT may be called in for the service of warrants, response to incidents involving weapons, or assistance with barricaded subjects. The Estes Park ERT currently utilizes an up-armored M1114 HMMWV, or 'Humvee', which was obtained through the US Military's 1033 reutilization program.
The Estes Park Police Department provides a School Resource Officer (SRO) during each school year. The SRO works with the students and staff of the Estes Park Elementary, Middle and High schools to provide a safe learning environment and faster response to emergencies. Learn more about the SRO.
Estes Park Police Officer Curt Plassmeyer (pictured) is the Estes Park School District's School Resource Officer. Read Officer Plassmeyer's It's a Team Effort: Conflict Resolution and Bullying Prevention article. Officer Plassmeyer can be contacted at 970-586-5321 ext. 3399 or email@example.com. For urgent needs please call dispatch at 970-586-4000.
The Estes Park Police Department provides traffic control and security for special events throughout the year. Patrol Officers, Community Service Officers and Auxiliary work together during the following large events, which attract thousands of visitors:
To request police assistance with traffic control and/or security at a special event, go to the Estes Park Events Complex page to fill out an application. Upcoming events can be viewed on the Town's calendar.