Parker Police Department
Parker Police Department 18600 E. Lincoln Meadows Pkwy. Parker, CO 80134 303.841.9800 firstname.lastname@example.org www.ParkerPolice.org
Parker Police Department The Parker Police Department is a full-service, suburban Police Department organized into three major areas: Operations, Administration and Office of Professional Standards. The Department has 65 commissioned officers, as well as 36 full- or part-time non-commissioned personnel. The philosophy of the Parker Police Department is to build partnerships with the community. We operate under the community policing/problem-solving approach. This method involves citizens taking a proactive role in working with the Police Department and other agencies to protect our community and make our neighborhoods safer and healthier. This approach to law enforcement recognizes the resource limitations in the criminal justice system and addresses issue by taking some of the following actions: • • • • •
The police work with the community using all available resources to address problems. More emphasis is put on preventative methods to eliminate problems before they occur. Better communication is established between the community and police by meeting frequently. Each of us accepting our part of the responsibility to make positive changes instead of pointing blame. Continually offering training opportunities to members of the community.
Mission Statement The mission of the Parker Police Department is to provide community service that is specifically designed to maximize public safety, customer satisfaction and the quality of life for citizens who live, work and visit Parker. Members of the department will accomplish their mission through problem-solving partnerships with community members and groups.
Vision 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.
Strategic Business Plan The Parker Police Department completed a Strategic Business Plan for 2011-2015 which was presented to Town Council. The purpose of the business plan is to set the framework, strategic direction, high-level priorities and goals to be achieved by our organization. It establishes the framework for more detailed planning at various levels of the Department. The intention of the plan is to provide guidance for the Parker Police Department.
2014 Goals • Best Business Practices • Obtain Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) Public Safety Communication Accreditation • Obtain International Association for Property and Evidence (IAPE) Property and Evidence Room Accreditation • Workflow assessment of both the Communications Division and Records Section • Utilize effective communication tools such as the Department’s Web site, Facebook and Twitter accounts • Implement video technology into public information and educational purposes • Redistricting • Continue optimum level of service to victims • Continue to apply for additional grants
• Technology • • • • • •
Implementation of License Plate Recognition Implementation of Body Worn Cameras Full rollout of E-Ticketing System Implementation of paperless records storage Second phase of police radio upgrades Installation of new police dispatch radio system
• Training • Certify additional officers and communications technicians in Critial Incident Training • Continue to provide ongoing training for retention and succession of employees to assist with personal development and growth • Host statewide meetings and trainings
• Emergency Management • Continue to participate on both the Arapahoe County and Douglas County Incident Management Teams • Participate in mass casualty incident trainings • Continue to provide emergency management classes and tips to the community • Provide emergency management training opportunities to staff to include tabletop exercises
• Community Outreach • Continue to expand the School Marshal Program • Continue to develop current programs: National Night Out, TOP Ample Harvest, Christmas Open House and Food Drive, Shop With a Cop, Car Seat Inspection Event, etc. • Create new programs to reach a broad range of community members: i.e. Coffee With a Cop
Parker Police Department Organizational Chart Chief of Police
Records Records Supervisor Report Technicians Victim Services Coordinator Victim Advocate Research & Development Section Operations Service Technician Volunteers/Interns
Patrol Lieutenants Sergeants Police Officers Animal Services
Professional Standards Lieutenant
Internal Affairs Sergeant Accreditation Training
Investigations Lieutenant Sergeants Detectives Background Investigator Crime Analyst Property and Evidence Technicians
Emergency Management Community Services Communications Communications Supervisors Communications Technicians
DEA Detective PCU Detectives
How we are Organized The Parker Police Department is comprised of three major areas: Administration, Operations and Professional Standards.
The Administration Division oversees the following four areas within the Police Department: Victim Services: The Victim Services Program is an integral part of the Parker Police Department and assists victims of crime and surviving families in cases of death, domestic violence, sexual assault and other crimes for both the Town of Parker and the City of Lone Tree. Emotional support is provided, as well as information regarding available long-term support services. This section provides 24-hour crisis response. Records: The Records Section is responsible for distributing and maintaining all police reports written by the Parker Police Department, including traffic accidents, incidents, criminal reports and statistical reports. To accomplish these tasks the Records Section is staffed by two civilian clerks and one supervisor who oversees the section’s daily operations. Each day, records clerks enter the previous day’s written reports into the Department’s records management system (RMS). Those reports are filed and retained for a prescribed number of years before being destroyed. Research and Development: The Research and Development Section is responsible for providing recommendations on technology and equipment needs which will improve present systems, cut costs in the long run and keep operations up to date. The research and development mission is to identify questions and/or problems that arise within the Department, as well as anticipate any capital improvements that may be necessary.
There are three major sections that are under Operations. The division is mainly staffed in the Patrol Division, followed by the Investigations Division and Evidence Section. Patrol: Patrol officers are the most visible element of the Parker Police Department. Since a considerable portion of the Patrol Division’s time is spent in traffic enforcement, the Department has two full-time commissioned officers assigned to the Traffic Unit. All patrol officers are responsible for answering calls, including domestic and civil disputes, apprehending criminal offenders, as well as taking on a myriad of other duties. The Patrol division is staffed 24-hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. As part of the Patrol Division, the Motorcycle Unit’s primary duties include traffic complaint enforcement, high congestion traffic control, accident reduction and special event traffic control. In addition, they are utilized to patrol bike trails and open spaces including new development in commercial and residential areas. Officers in the Motorcycle Unit must successfully complete an eighty hour Basic Police Motorcycle Operators Course. The Bicycle Patrol Unit provides high-profile policing on bicycles to address identified problem areas in the community. The utilization of bicycles provides a quiet and highly mobile patrol platform. In addition to the tactical advantage of the bicycles, they create an excellent opportunity for positive community interaction. Investigations is comprised of six detectives who started their law enforcement careers as uniformed patrol officers and are assigned to Investigations based upon their knowledge, experience and investigative ability. Detectives are responsible for: 1. Locating and interviewing victims and witnesses 2. Locating, identifying and preserving physical evidence 3. Recovering stolen property 4. Identifying, locating, interviewing and arresting criminal suspects 5. Presenting criminal cases to the District Attorney’s Office for prosecution
This Division also has detectives assigned to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and a multi-jurisdictional Pattern Crimes Unit (PCU). In addition, the division has a specially-trained non-commissioned staff member who conducts crime analysis for both the Parker Police Department and City of Lone Tree Police Department. Property and Evidence: This section is comprised of three full-time staff members and a police sergeant. They ensure the prompt and accurate entry of property and evidence and maintain and dispose of all evidence and property in order to preserve the integrity of the evidence for the commissioned officers and the court. This service is not only provided to the Town of Parker, but also to the City of Lone Tree through an Intergovernmental Agreement. The Evidence Section staff ensures all 38,631 items housed in the Evidence Section are preserved from the time submitted through the investigation and analysis to the time returned to the owner or disposal. Evidence Section members are on call 24 hours a day and respond to process crime scenes and assist commissioned officers in the transport and packaging of evidence.
Office of Professional Standards
The Office of Professional Standards oversees the functions of Accreditation, Communications Division, Crime Prevention, Emergency Management, Internal Affairs and Training. This Division is vital to the basic operations of the Police Department. Accreditation: The Parker Police Department became nationally accredited through CALEA (Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc.) in March of 2013. The accreditation process is a management model and a blueprint for self-improvement, which strengthens accountability within the agency and to the community it serves. The Department is also accredited through the Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police. With this honor we are one of six agencies throughout the state of Colorado that is Nationally and State Accredited. The next logical step for the Police Department is to seek accreditation for the Communications Center; this process will be complete in 2014. Communications: The Communications Division handles all emergency (911) and non-emergency calls for both the Parker Police Department and the Lone Tree Police Department. Each employee is trained to be a call-taker and a dispatcher. The call-taker position handles emergency and non-emergency telephone calls from the public, other law enforcement agencies and from our commissioned officers. Crime Prevention: Crime Prevention is best achieved through partnerships with the community and the Police Department. Citizens taking ownership of their neighborhoods combined with direct action from the police can improve the quality of life for the citizens of Parker. Emergency Management: This section falls under the umbrella of the Police Department, specifically the Office of Professional Standards. In 2010, the Town of Parker completed their Emergency Operations Plan (EOP). This plan is FEMA/ NIMS compliant and follows a functionality format with annexes which are Department-specific and appendices which are disaster-specific. The Police Department also oversaw the completion of the Townâ€™s Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP), ensuring that minimal disruption will occur to Town operations in the event of an emergency. These plans are updated on an annual basis. Internal Affairs: This is a vital aspect of the Parker Police Department. The Internal Affairs Section ensures that each complaint, handled at either the division level or through an Internal Affairs investigation, receives the same treatment and quality of investigation. Training: The Police Department places high value on the training of our commissioned officers and non-commissioned employees to maintain a superior level of competency in serving the residents of the Town of Parker. To sustain a commissioned officerâ€™s skill level and prepare them for the unpredictable environment in which he/she works, a commissioned officer attends an average of 110 hours of in-service training annually. This training includes defensive tactics, driving, emergency medical treatment, firearms and technology updates.
Budget The Police Department prepares an annual budget each year designed to detail the specific operations, projects and goals of the Department. In accordance with a Town of Parker ordinance, the budget is reviewed by Town Council and formally adopted.
Expenditures by Function Administration Investigations Patrol Records Communication Police Station Emergency Management Animal Services Total Expenditures by Category Salary and Benefits Supplies Purchased Services Capital Outlay Other Total Sources of Funding Charges for Services Grants City of Lone Tree Douglas County School District General Fund Total
2012 Actual Budget
2013 Adopted Budget
2,105,697 $ 1,715,009 4,246,681 364,099 1,136,829 422,019 157,670 74,207 10,222,210
1,876,300 1,778,900 4,511,900 479,400 1,668,483 575,000 196,600 125,300 11,211,883
7,654,012 $ 241,722 2,209,565 93,526 23,385 10,222,210
8,276,500 232,100 2,059,883 620,000 23,400 11,211,883
$ 8,260,300 $ 260,100 2,076,383 647,000 23,400 11,267,183
50,035 $ 357,085 60,280 50,767 9,704,045 10,222,210
58,500 500,000 77,400 43,500 10,532,483 11,211,883
Explanation of Budget Variances • • •
2014 Adopted Budget
1,752,200 $ 2,359,077 1,684,800 1,649,650 4,771,850 5,250,294 481,400 560,750 1,722,583 1,779,497 575,000 578,800 149,100 185,700 130,250 130,700 11,267,183 12,494,468
% Change Adopted Budgets 26% -7% 16% 17% 7% 1% -6% 4% 11%
8,640,000 346,194 2,546,424 689,000 24,000 12,245,618
4% 49% 24% 11% 3% 9%
44,000 $ 57,500 559,300 522,800 45,000 79,300 43,500 44,600 10,575,383 11,790,268 11,267,183 12,494,468
-2% 5% 2% 3% 12% 11%
Supplies - 49% increase due to an addition of program supplies for National Night Out, Citizens Academy, Police Awards Ceremony, Christmas Open House & Food Drive, TOP Ample Harvest and Special Needs Academy, replace three crime scene cameras, eight I-Pads for Detectives and Crime Scene members Purchased Services - 24% increase due to the change in the Internal Service Fund allocation for IT Capital Outlay • $9,000 - three Kronos time clocks • $90,000 - two patrol vehicles • $120,000 - Dispatch software upgrades • $470,000 - Dispatch radio system replacement
Awards and Recognition During National Police Week, the Parker Police Department hosted the second Annual Police Awards Ceremony to acknowledge officers and support staff who made a difference from May 2012 to April 2013. Police Department Retirement: Lieutenant Santo Realmuto ended his law enforcement career on March 19, 2013, 34 years to the day after starting with the Arvada Police Department. During the ceremony he was presented with his Sergeant and Lieutenant badges in a case.
Other Awards Presented: Unit Commendations: Lieutenant Doreen Jokerst, Officer Sherry Corcoran, Kathy Henry and Sheila Setzer received this commendation for their hard work and dedication to become an accredited law enforcement agency. Detectives Shannon Brukbacher and Christine Garrabrants and Officers Tyler Herman, Cleveland Holmes, Kevin Jones, William Plienis and Lieutenant Chris Peters for creating the Honor Guard. Detective Shannon Brukbacher and Holly Oksendahl for the Awards Ceremony project.
Century 16 Campaign Award: The Aurora Police Department recognized members of the Parker Police Department for their assistance during the Century 16 theater shooting in 2012. Receiving this award: Officer Greg Epp, Officer Eric Graham and Victim Advocates Nancy Prokop and Jennifer Roger-Flynn.
Letter of Recognition: Detective Shannon Brukbacher, Danielle Huskey and Officers William Plienis and Dustin Ross for their dedication as Explorer advisors. Officer Dawn Cashman and Danielle Huskey for creating the Christmas Open House and Food Drive. Traffic Safety Champion: Officers Casey Cashman and Chris Kozuch for their efforts in DUI detection and apprehension. Presented by Colorado Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration.
Life Saving Award: Sergeant Joe Cummings and Officer Chad Tausan for their efforts to save the life of a suicidal party. Officer Nick Eckmann received a Letter of Recommendation for his assistance in the life saving event.
Police Department Members Serving in Afghanistan: Officer Cleveland Holmes and Officer William Plienis were recognized for their service with the 396th Military Police Detachment.
2013 Parker Chamber Hero Award: The Parker Chamber of Commerce presented Detective Penny McLean with this award for her work on the Apex Jewelry case.
Traffic Safety Traffic Violations
Failed to stop at Stop Sign/Red Light
Failed to Yield Right of Way
Changed Lanes When Unsafe
Following too Closely
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Speeding Citations by Month
Feb Mar Apr May Jun
In 2013, there were a total of 1,132 traffic accidents in the Town of Parker. The top five accident locations comprised of 15.5% of the total accidents.
# of Accidents
Parker Road / Mainstreet
Parker Road / Lincoln Avenue
Lincoln Avenue / Jordan Road
Parker Road / Crown Crest Blvd.
Parker Road / Pine Lane
Don’t tailgate. Maintain a safe following distance between your car and any vehicles in front of you. Slow down and keep your foot near the brake pedal as you approach an intersection. Be prepared to stop if necessary. When stopped, keep your wheels straight to avoid being pushed into the other lane if you are hit from behind. Don’t try to beat a yellow light or run a red light. Proceed through a yellow light only if you are unable to stop safely. At signalized intersections, look in each direction before proceeding. Watch out for drivers trying to beat the signal change. Use your turn signals. Make sure other drivers, cyclists and pedestrians have enough time to react by signaling well in advance. Don’t enter an intersection to wait to make a lefthand turn unless you are sure you will have an opening to proceed and can clear the intersection before the light turns red. Be alert to traffic from the opposite direction turning across your lane. Even though you may have the rightof-way, watch carefully to avoid collisions. Watch for emergency vehicles and funeral processions. Beware of blind spots, yours and those of the other drivers. Look for vehicles making abrupt lane changes and stay where they can see you. Watch carefully for motorcycles, which are often hidden by blind spots. Watch for pedestrians crossing the street. Turning vehicles must yield to pedestrians and bicycles crossing the road on a green light. Vehicles in front of you may stop for pedestrians; this is a common cause for rearend accidents. Remember, at four-way stop signs, you must come to a complete stop. Wait your turn before entering the intersection. When two vehicles on different roadways arrive at the intersection at the same time, the vehicle on the left should yield to the vehicle on the right. Don’t change lanes in an intersection and try to be in the correct lane for your intended action well before approaching the intersection. Always signal when changing lanes. Slow down when approaching a roundabout. Yield to traffic on your left and be prepared to stop if there is not a sufficient gap in circulating traffic.
For more safe driving tips, visit www.ParkerPolice.org.
New PD Districts
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208 211 210
281 283 322 324
288 327 329
291 330 332
133 132 Response Areas
292 331 333 368 369 370
224 225 229
376 381382 383
273 274 276
377 384 378 380
338 342343 340
300 303 339
413 415 416
412 417 418
186 188 189
99 (PD Building)
289 290 293
2 (Two) 105
214 216 213
100 125 126 124 151
New PD Districts 101
New 84Police Districts 85
PRIVATE RES COL
NONRES COL 61
72 73 7475
CLASS 17 15
348 385 386
316 315 352 350 351
Professional Standards Training
The Police Department places high value on the training of our commissioned officers and non-commissioned employees to maintain a superior level of competency in serving the residents of the Town of Parker. To sustain a commissioned officerâ€™s skill level and prepare them for the unpredictable environment in which they work, a commissioned officer attends an average of 110 hours of in-service training annually. This training includes defensive tactics, driving, emergency medical treatment, firearms and technology updates. Police Department Training Advanced Investigative Advanced Patrol
# of Hours 837 1,162
Arrest Control and Defense Tactics
Automated External Defibrillator, Basic Life Support, CPR and First Aid
Basic Patrol Driving
Firearms Personal Development, Communication Skills, Other
Daily Briefing Training
Supervisory and Leadership
Taser, Oleoresin Capsicum
CALEA, Policy & Procedures, Standard Operating Procedures
Total Civilian Employee Training Total Department Training
The Department received a total of six complaints in 2013. Of these, four were internal complaints initiated by the Department or member. The remaining two were considered external complaints initiated by citizens. Not all complaints against members are investigated by Professional Standards. Many minor complaints are still handled through a memberâ€™s immediate supervisor. The information contained in this document represents major complaints that were forwarded to Internal Affairs for extended investigation. Internal Complaints = Sustained: Not Sustained:
12,421 2,556 14,977
4 External Complaints = 3 Sustained: 1 Not Sustained:
2 1 1
The information contained in this document represents major complaints that were forwarded to Internal Affairs for extended investigation. Unfounded
There was sufficient evidence to prove the complaint or incident is false or not factual and did not occur.
There is sufficient evidence which indicates that the act or incident did occur, but the actions were justified, lawful and proper.
There is insufficient evidence to clearly prove or disprove the complaint or incident.
There is sufficient evidence to establish that the incident did occur and the facts and circumstances support the determination that these actions constituted misconduct.
There is sufficient evidence to establish that one or more, but not all, of the incidents did occur and the facts and circumstances support the determination that these actions constituted misconduct.
Total Commissioned Officer Training
Crime Trends Target Crimes
Target Crimes dropped in 2013. The largest reduction was in the number of reported assaults, which decreased by 34 reports. The largest increase was larceny, which increased by 66 reported cases. (Larceny is the unauthorized taking and removal of personal property of another by an individual who intends to permanently deprive the owner of it.) The table to the right shows the totals for charges in target crime categories for 2012 and 2013. The Parker Police Department reports incidents based on the National Incident Based Reporting System (NIBRS) classification system. The totals shown are based on charges, not the number of incidents that occurred. It is possible, even likely, that an incident had more than one charge associated with it.
% Change 12.5%
Burglary (or Attempted) Fraud
Crime Prevention is being aware that a crime can occur and taking action to prevent or reduce the chances of it happening. Crime prevention involves instinct, common sense and action to take away a criminal’s opportunity. Crime prevention is best achieved through partnerships with the community and the Police Department. Crime Prevention Tips for Home: • Light the outside of your home to make it more visible to your neighbors. Outside motion detector lights make a good deterrent. • Trim bushes near doors to reduce hiding places for burglars. • Install dead-bolt locks and peepholes on all outside doors. • Use “Operation Identification” - use an engraver to mark stereos, computers, cameras, lawnmowers and tools. • Keep a list of your valuables and their serial numbers. A videotape, photograph or sales receipt will help with insurance claims. • Install locks on windows. Screens and storm doors should be latched on the inside. Include locks on garage and basement windows. • Don’t advertise your absence. Set timers so that lights, TVs and radios go on and off. Have someone pick up the mail, pick up newspapers, set out trash and mow the lawn or shovel snow. • Close your garage door. Thieves can easily steal bikes, lawnmowers, snow blowers and other valuables. • Lock your car and keep valuables out of sight. Crime Prevention Tips for Car Break-Ins: • Secure your vehicle - roll up your car windows and lock your doors, even in your own driveway. • Don’t leave valuables in plain view - GPS devices, lap tops, PDAs, cell phones, wallets, purses, etc. • Never leave your keys in your vehicle. • If you must leave valuables in your vehicle, place them out of sight before reaching your destination. • Try to park in busy, well-lit areas.
Partnerships Business Partnerships The Police Department has established collaborative partnerships between the law en-
forcement agency and the individuals and organizations that serve or include anyone with a stake in the community. The Department has multi-disciplinary partnerships with indicated community partners. This includes other government agencies, non-profit and community groups, businesses, the media and individuals. Existing partnerships bring appropriate resources and a level of commitment to community-policing activities. The interaction between law enforcement agency and community partners includes communication, coordination and collaboration. Sampling of some of the partnerships the Parker Police Department is involved in: • • • • •
BE READY – Disaster preparedness classes Douglas County Adult Protection Team Douglas County Incident Management Team Parker’s Business Cooperative (area businesses) Neighborhood Watch
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Colorado Association of Robbery Investigators Metro Crime Stoppers Arapahoe County Incident Management Team Parker’s Financial Cooperative (area banks)
Communications Division provides 24-hour emer-
gency services to the residents of Parker and Lone Tree. Staff are trained to handle numerous emergencies and non-emergencies that are called into the Police Department every day. They utilize multi-tasking skills by monitoring up to six computer screens, while answering multiple incoming calls and dispatching, simultaneously. Communications processes approximately 6,000 calls for service per month for both Parker and Lone Tree.
Colorado Information Analysis Center and Terrorism Liaison Officer The mission of the Colorado Information Analysis Center (CIAC) is to provide an integrated, multi-discipline, information sharing network to collect, analyze and disseminate information to stakeholders in a timely manner in order to protect the citizens and the critical infrastructure of Colorado.
The Terrorism Liaison Officer (TLO) is an identified person within a law enforcement agency, fire service, military or public safety sector who is responsible for coordinating terrorist and other criminal intelligence information between the CIAC and their agency. The Parker Police Department partnered with CIAC in 2007. The Parker TLOs have enhanced the communication and information sharing between CIAC and the Town of Parker. They also actively participate in programs that will help protect the citizens they have sworn to protect. They are teaching the Citizens Academy about CIAC and TLO Program. This enhances the citizens knowledge of CIAC, TLO Program and what to do if you observe suspicious activity.
Counterterrorism Education Learning Lab and Community Awareness Program The community of Parker and the Counterterrorism Education Learning Lab (CELL) have established an incredible partnership to educate, empower and engage citizens to play a key role in enhancing community safety. The Department has championed this effort in launching the CELL’s Community Awareness Program (CAP), a free public safety training that educates individuals on recognizing and reporting suspicious behavior. Last year, the CELL and Parker Police reached out and trained hundreds of citizens and representatives of public safety across the Denver Metro Area. This invaluable partnership will lead the way in the development of CAP as a national model for suspicious activity reporting and in the efforts to keep our communities safe.
Douglas County SWAT Team is a multi-agency tactical team com-
prised of deputies from Douglas County, as well as commissioned officers from the Parker, Lone Tree and Castle Rock Police Departments. The unitâ€™s mission includes high-risk warrant service, executive/dignitary protection, fugitive apprehension, drug raids, barricaded individuals and hostage situations. The Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team trains 20 hours per month and has a wide range of specialized weapons and equipment available to fulfill its missions. SWAT team members are required to maintain high standards of physical fitness and weapons proficiency, both of which are tested regularly.
Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Parker Police Department has one detective assigned to DEA
who is tasked with combating drug smuggling and use within local, state and federal jurisdictions. The purpose of DEA is to act as a liaison to more effectively and efficiently impact the drug problem and related crimes within those jurisdictions.
Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) with Lone Tree Police Department to provide services for their de-
partment. In addition to Communications Division and Victim Services, the IGA also includes Crime Analysis, crime-scene processing and Property and Evidence.
Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) helps state and local law enforcement agencies develop an effective response to cyber enticement and child pornography cases. This system encompasses forensic and investigative components, training and technical assistance, victim services and community education. The Department currently has one detective working under this program, along with their normal case assignments.
Pattern Crimes Unit (PCU) has a primary mission to target and apprehend those individuals who are com-
mitting criminal offenses within Douglas County. The participating agencies identify those individuals who are involved in criminal acts within repeat or â€œpatternâ€? MOs in all of Douglas County or connecting jurisdictions where there is a direct link to Douglas County. Two detectives are assigned to PCU.
School Resource Officer (SRO) works in partnership with Douglas County schools located in Parker. Cur-
rently one SRO is assigned to Legend High School. The SRO teaches classes, informally counsels students and fosters positive relationships with students and the community. The SRO is a uniformed presence at the school, takes incident and offense reports, investigates crimes that occur on school grounds and gathers information about potential threats to the schools. The SRO is available to students and their parents to report incidents and/or to offer advice and assistance when needed.
School Marshal Program (SMP)is another way that our agency will work with our surrounding law enforce-
ment partners to ensure a safe environment for those in our schools. The School Marshal Officer (SMO) will provide law enforcement patrol, crime prevention, emergency preparedness and emergency response services to the elementary, middle and contracted charter schools in their jurisdictions.
Unified Sex Offender Web Site is a Web site put together by the Parker Police Department and surround-
ing agencies. This Web site includes only those persons living within the geographical area who have been required by law to register in compliance with the sex offender registration laws. The Web site can be accessed at www.ParkerPolice.org.
Victim Services assists victims of crime and surviving families in cases of death, domestic violence, sexual assault and other crimes. Victim Services provides 24-hour crisis response and serves both Parker and Lone Tree. Emotional support is provided by victim advocates, as well as information regarding available long-term support services.
2013 Highlights State and National Accreditation
The Police Department began the process of National Accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) in September of 2009. The accreditation process is a management model and a blueprint for selfimprovement, which strengthens accountability within the agency and to the community it serves. The Police Department received accreditation in March. The Department is also accredited through the Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police. With this honor we are one of six agencies throughout the state of Colorado that is Nationally and State Accredited.
America’s Safest Cities 2013 Award
The Town of Parker achieved the ranking of 50th Safest City in America based on nationwide crime data research performed by NeighborhoodScout. Safety performance was calculated for all cities with populations of 25,000 or more and ranked by the total number of property and violent crimes per 1,000 residents.
Citizen Police Academy
In March, the Police Department hosted their annual Citizen Police Academy, with 34 people graduating from the 10-week program. Each year the academy teaches residents about criminal law, DUI laws, SWAT, crime scene investigation, traffic accident reconstruction, Taser demonstration, police dispatch and youth programs. Participants also have the opportunity to ride along with a police officer during a patrol shift.
Functional Needs Citizen Academy
In 2013, the Department hosted its first Functional Needs Citizen Academy with 17 enthusiastic participants. During the four week academy the participants learned about law enforcement, how to prepare their families for potential disasters, build a 72-hour kit, create a family evacuation and communications plan, fire safety, 9-1-1 education and more.
School Marshal Program Implemented
In May, the Parker Police Department, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Castle Rock and Lone Tree Police announced a new safety plan for all schools in Douglas County, the School Marshal Program. The program places an officer inside the school providing law enforcement patrol, crime prevention, emergency preparedness and emergency response services to the elementary, middle and contracted charter schools in Parker.
Parent-Teen Safe Driving Workshops
The Department began hosting this workshop in November with the goal of saving lives by changing attitudes and behaviors that become lethal behind the wheel of a car. In 2013, approximately 60 teens participated.
On Nov. 1, law enforcement agencies around the world took to Twitter to participate in a 24-hour Tweet-a-Thon in order to highlight the work of officers around the world. Parker Police participated by doing a short ride-along in the morning and by posting information about the department throughout the day.
The Town of Parker hosted the prestigious 2013 Solheim Cup. The event welcomed more than 100,000 visitors to our community. The Parker Police Department’s Honor Guard teamed up with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard for the Solheim Cup Opening Ceremony.
National Night Out 2013
Every year, the Parker Police participate in the National Night Out crime and drug prevention event in August. The event is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; generate support for and participation in local anti-crime efforts; strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships and send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organizing and fighting back.
Emergency Preparedness Trainings
The Parker Police Department offers a wide variety of trainings to help prepare the community for emergencies that may occur. Community Emergency Response Team (CERT): CERT training is offered each September to teach residents to shut off utilities, put out small fires, provide basic medical aid, search for and rescue victims safely and organize themselves and spontaneous volunteers to be effective during a disaster. In 2013, 28 individuals graduated from CERT. BE READY - Preparing for Disasters: These two-hour courses are designed to help participants prepare for the unexpected, such as making a READY kit and developing a family communications plan. Two classes were hosted in 2013, totaling 60 residents. Become a Weather Spotter: Sixty attendees learned about cloud features that lead to severe weather, thunderstorms and flash floods.
TOP Ample Harvest
The Parker Police Department, Town of Parker and Parker Parks and Recreation teamed up over the summer to provide fresh fruits and vegetables to those in need within our community. A garden was planted at the Police Department with all produce being donated to the Parker Task Force. At the end of the growing season, TOP Ample Harvest donated approximately 150 pounds of fresh produce. Local residents were also asked to participate in the program.
Christmas Open House and Food Drive
The Parker Police Department and Parker Parks and Recreation hosted the 2nd Annual Christmas Open House and Food Drive on Dec. 15. The event raised over 10,000 food items for the Parker Task Force Backpack Program. Thank you to everyone who donated and all of the volunteers who assisted that day!
Shop with a Cop
The Parker Police Department hosted Shop with a Cop at Wal-Mart on Wednesday, Dec. 18. The event was a huge success with 21 kids shopping and bonding with officers and other staff members. Since 2004, the Parker Police Department has helped 190 children have a better Christmas!
Parker Assisted Living Center
In March, members of the Parker Police Department teamed up with the residents of the Parker Assisted Living Center to color eggs with them during the Easter season. Our staff donated all the supplies: 20 dozen Easter eggs, coloring kits and materials! The Parker Task Force donated cupcakes, cookies and other goodies for everyone to enjoy during the event. We hope to make this an annual event and are already looking forward to next year.
2013 Highlights (
On May 19, members of the Parker Police Department participated in the team relay event of the Colfax Marathon in the Government Cup division. This group decided to be Team Easton with all fundraising efforts benefiting Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD). Congratulations to this group for taking 8th place with a finish time of 3:24:29 and helping to raise over $2,000 for DMD!
Special Olympics Colorado
The Parker Police Department, in partnership with the community, supports Special Olympics Colorado through participation in fundraising events offered through the Law Enforcement Torch Run. Participation in the fundraising promotes public awareness and enhances the quality of life of the Special Olympics Colorado Athletes. Just a few of the programs the Parker Police Department members participate in are Tip-A-Cop, Cop-On-A-Roof, Medallion Campaign and Plane/Train/Truck Pulls. 2013 Polar Plunge In February, the Department participated in the Polar Plunge fundraiser for Special Olypmics Colorado athletes. The team’s total donations reached $2,260 with the entire event raising more than $100,000. 2013 Law Enforcement Torch Run officers and Special Olympics Colorado athletes carry the Special Olympics Flame of Hope through their communities around the state of Colorado each year. Over 1,500 miles are covered each year in anticipation of the Special Olympics Colorado Summer Games. Three flames were unified into a single torch on May 9th, which was carried down the 16th Street Mall to the Pepsi Center and arrived at its final destination in Grand Junction which is this year’s host city for the Special Olympics Summer Games. Tip-A-Cop - June Event On June 22, the Department participated in another Tip-A-Cop fundraiser for the Special Olympics Colorado athletes. Our team raised over $2,200 during this event! Tip-A-Cop - October Event On Oct. 12, members from the Parker Police Department teamed up with Special Olympic Athletes as celebrity wait staff at Red Robin. During this one day event, law enforcement agencies across the state participated at all 21 Red Robin locations in Colorado. The overall event raised over $65,000 with the Parker Police Department raising $4,160. Plane Pull The Parker and Greenwood Village “Pullice” competed in the Special Olympics Colorado Plane Pull in August, pulling a 164,000 pound plane. The team finished 3rd in the Law Enforcement group and 10th overall out of 48 teams. Thanks to your participation, we were able to raise more than $70,000 for Special Olympics Colorado! A total of 48 teams and 1,100 participants at DIA. Kops N Kids Annual Softball Game The Parker Police Department participated in the Special Olympics Kops N Kids Softball Game on Sept. 7 at Salisbury Park. Team Parker Power challenged local law enforcement to a game. This year 14 Special Olympic Athletes competed against officers and staff from Parker, Castle Rock and Denver Police Departments. Team Parker Power brought their best and swept the game 21 to 0!!
Colorado Police and Fire Games
The 2013 Colorado Police and Fire Games was held in Breckenridge with the following organizations receiving funds generated by the games: Breckenridge Outdoor Recreation Center, Colorado Special Olympics and Racing for Hope Foundation of Colorado. The Colorado Police and Fire Athletic Association was formed to develop, organize and coordinate sporting events to instill physical fitness among Police Officers and Fire Fighters, and to offer a competitive and social outlet as well as an added reward for the establishment of a healthy lifestyle. Their goals are quality, safety and an environment that is enjoyable to the entire family.
Parker Police Explorers The Parker Police Explorer Post is a volunteer youth program designed to introduce participants to a career in Law Enforcement. Explorers develop leadership skills, receive hands-on career experience and volunteer their time for community service. The Explorer Post represented the Town at the 2013 Law Enforcement Explorer Post Advisor’s Association of Colorado Regional Conference. The conference was held in Denver, CO at Johnson & Wales University. The explorers were split up into groups of four, working with three other explorers from other law enforcement agencies during competitions. They also competed in several competitions as individuals and received lots of positive feedback from the judges. Explorers received the following awards: 2nd Place High Risk Traffic, 4th Place Knock & Talk, 3rd and 5th Place High Risk Entry, 4th Place Domestic Violence, 5th Place Hostage Negotiations and one of our explorers was chosen to receive a $1,000 scholarship. The Explorer Post also competed in the Night Moves Competition in August, this competition is based on nighttime patrol related response to calls for service. Four of our explorers represented the Parker Police Department and they placed in three of the scenarios. 1st Place Crisis Intervention, 2nd Place Juvenile Problem and 3rd Place Recovered Stolen Vehicle.
Did You Know... National Police Week: In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls is Police Week. You can pick up a blue ribbon leading up to Police Week at the Parker Police Department and Parker’s Town Hall to show your support for the men and women in blue. This year, Police Week will be celebrated May 12-16. Social Media: The Parker Police Department continues with their goal of utilizing effective communication tools to provide timely, accurate and accessible information to our community. The Department has been utilizing Facebook and Twitter to keep the community informed of police activities, providing safety awareness tips, helping residents be prepared in case of an emergency and promoting community policing. One of the most popular items posted to our Facebook page in 2013 was this picture taken on Christmas Day of a Parker Police Officer patroling a neighborhood. We’re aren’t sure who was more excited, the Police Officer or this young “officer” test driving his new car. Please take a moment to connect with us on Social Media: Facebook: www.Facebook.com/PakerPoliceDepartment Twitter: www.Twitter.com/ParkerPolice Parker Police Department History: The Parker Police Department officially took to the streets in 1983 on a part-time basis, led by Chief Larry Myers and one Police Officer. The new Department was headquartered in the old Parker Community Center on Mainstreet, affectionately known as the “Quonset Hut.” The squad car fleet consisted of two Plymouth Fury’s that were purchased used from the Colorado State Patrol and were marked with a decal depicting the 20 Mile House on each front door. The Officers wore a uniform consisting of light brown trousers, a dark brown shirt and a cowboy hat.