Jan 22

[ARCHIVED] Meet Our Department: Parker Police Department

The original item was published from January 22, 2018 9:00 AM to September 15, 2022 4:26 PM

The Parker Police Department is committed to safeguarding the community that makes Parker a great place to live, work, and play through 24-hour service to citizens of the Town of Parker and adherence to the highest standards of ethical behavior.

Main office and contact information:
Address: 18600 E. Lincoln Meadows Pkwy.
Phone: 303.841.9800

Department website/social media accounts:
Facebook: ParkerPoliceDepartment
Twitter: ParkerPolice

Number of employees:
124 (76 sworn officers)

Longest serving employee and years on staff:
Chief David King, 31 years

Department overview:
The Parker Police Department strives to adhere to the highest standards and reflect the diversity of its community members. The people of our community and members of the Police Department must be united in their commitment to addressing crime, violence and quality-of-life issues by engaging one another in problem-solving partnerships. Recognizing that integrity is the foundation of our profession, we endeavor to preserve and protect the public trust placed in us by adhering to the highest standards of honesty and ethical practice.

Department divisions:
Investigations: The Investigations Division is comprised of 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 to deploy resources in a more effective manner and assist detectives in identifying suspects. Detectives are available 24/7 and maintain an on-call status.

Patrol: The 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, school resource and school marshal officers, and motorcycle unit. All patrol officers are responsible for answering calls, addressing domestic and civil disputes, and apprehending criminal offenders, as well as taking on a myriad of other duties. The Patrol Division is staffed 24/7 year-round.

Professional Standards: The Office of Professional Standards oversees the functions of accreditation, community outreach, crime prevention, internal affairs, public information and training. This division is vital to the basic operations of the Police Department.

Support Services: Support Services handles many of the support functions of the Police Department. Communications (emergency dispatch), crime scene investigation, emergency management, neighborhood services, records and property and evidence are in the Support Services Division.

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?
When can I come in for fingerprinting and how much does it cost?

We do fingerprints on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The fee for residents or people who work in Douglas County is $10 for the first two cards and $5 per additional card. Non-residents are charged $20 for the first two cards and $10 per additional card.

What would residents be surprised to learn about this department?
The number of veterans that the Parker Police Department hires as police officers. Since 2015, 10 of 17 officer hires have been military veterans.

How can residents get involved with the Parker Police Department?
There are many ways to stay involved with the Parker Police Department throughout the year.  Several of the community events such as the Cram the Cruiser Food Drive and National Night Out celebration have a need for 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. To receive updates, please visit, sign in with your preferred email and/or 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?
The Parker Police Department was named the Colorado Special Olympics 2017 Law Enforcement Agency of the Year and entered into their Hall of Fame.

In an effort to battle the increasing mental health issues that officers see, we added a full time in-house clinician to our department. Clinician Jen Fierberg responds to calls to assist individuals that may need mental health assistance and resources.

The Parker Police Department has accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). In addition, our Communications Division received CALEA Public Safety Communication Accreditation in 2015. Our property and evidence room has accreditation through the International Association for Property and Evidence.

Through intergovernmental agreements, the Parker Police Department conducts emergency communications, crime scene analysis, and evidence and crime analysis for the Lone Tree Police Department.