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Oct 06

Meet Our Department: Police

Posted on October 6, 2020 at 1:58 PM by Ryne Dittmer

Parker Police Department

 Main office and contact information:

Address: 18600 E. Lincoln Meadows Pkwy.
Phone: 303.841.9800
Police Department Webpage
Social Media Accounts: Facebook, Twitter


Number of employees: 124 (77 sworn officers)


Longest serving employee and years on staff: Deputy Chief Ron Combs, 33 years


Department overview:
The Parker Police Department champions a progressive set of policies and practices. It is a leader in 21st Century policing, recognized both regionally and nationally. Many organizations reach out to the Parker Police Department for guidance on how to do things right. Our staff has hosted webinars, speaking engagements throughout the United States, and international telephone conferences to improve law enforcement. We strive to treat everyone we come in contact with fairly and equitably. Recognizing that integrity is the foundation of our profession, we endeavor to preserve and protect the public trust placed in us by adhering to honest and ethical practices.


Department divisions:
The Parker Police Department has three divisions: Administrative, Investigations, and Operations. The Administrative and Investigations divisions are each led by a Commander responsible for all personnel, equipment, and services assigned to their command. Three Commanders lead the Operations Division, who are responsible for different parts of the week.

Administration Division: The Administration Division oversees Accreditation, Background Investigations, Crime Prevention, Crime Scene, Evidence Management, Internal Affairs, Training, and Volunteers.

Investigations: The Investigations Division has eight detectives who investigate felonies to include crimes against persons/children, sexual assault, Internet Crimes Against Children, property, organized drug, economic, and pattern property crimes. The crime analyst compiles information on patterns that can assist the department in deploying resources in a more effective manner and assist detectives in identifying suspects. The Front Desk, Records, and Victim Services are also under the Investigations Division.

Operations: The Operations (Patrol) Division is the most visible element of the Parker Police Department. Patrol includes the bike team, K-9 unit, mounted patrol unit, traffic team, accident investigation team, school resource officers, school marshal officers, and the motorcycle unit. All patrol officers are responsible for answering calls, addressing domestic and civil disputes, apprehending criminal offenders, and a myriad of other duties. This division works 24/7, year-round. The Operations Division also oversees Communications, Community Services, the Explorer Program, the Police Training Officer Program, and Recruitment.


How does this department impact daily life for Parker residents?
The Parker Police Department impacts the lives of Parker residents every day. Our primary responsibility is the public safety of Town residents and visitors. We achieve this through the community policing model — rather than responding to crime only after it occurs, community policing encourages agencies to develop partnerships within the community and proactively develop solutions to the immediate underlying conditions contributing to public safety concerns. Through community engagement, education and enforcement, we are able to keep Parker residents and visitors safe and foster a feeling of community.


What is the most common question received by this department and what is the answer?
“Is this the non-emergency line,” is the most common question for the Police Department’s front desk. You should call 9-1-1 in an emergency, but all other calls to the Police Department should come into 303.841.9800. Calling our non-emergency line when you have questions about VIN verification or fingerprinting will keep 9-1-1 available for people with emergencies.


What would residents be surprised to learn about this department?
Parker Police Officers drive approximately 650,000 miles per year during their patrol duties.


How can residents get involved with this department?
There are many ways to get involved with the Parker Police Department throughout the year. Several community events such as the Cram the Cruiser Food Drive and National Night Out celebration need event sponsorships, volunteers, and in-kind donations. We run two Police Citizen's Academies each year that teach people about the many departments, functions, and outreach events we host. Graduates of the Police Citizen's Academy can join Citizens Offering Parker Police Support (COPPS). COPPS is a 501(c)3 non-profit whose members donate time and fundraise to support programs at the Parker Police Department.

To receive updates about involvement opportunities, please visit www.ParkerPolice.org/NotifyMe, sign in with your preferred email, phone number, and select "Police Department Involvement." You will then receive periodic notifications about community involvement opportunities as they become available throughout the year.


What else should residents know about this department?
  • We have a Community Response Team (CRT) compromised of an officer and licensed clinician to respond to calls with potential mental health issues. The coresponder model allows individuals to receive the help they need with admission to an emergency room based on the evaluation of the licensed clinician. The CRT also conducts follow-up and preventative visits to those identified as high volume users of emergency services.
  • Through intergovernmental agreements, the Parker Police Department conducts emergency communications, crime scene analysis, and evidence and crime analysis for the Lone Tree Police Department.
  • The Parker Police Department was named the Colorado Special Olympics 2017 Law Enforcement Agency of the Year and entered into their Hall of Fame.
  • We conducted more than 100 drive-by birthday parades for Parker kids during the stay-at-home order.
  • More than 25% of our sworn Officers competed against the Parker unified basketball team at legend High School. Hundreds of students, fans and parents attended the event to cheer on the athletes, our Officers, and raise money for the Legend unified team.