Parker Police Department
Annual Report 2014
About Us 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 67 commissioned officers, as well as 37 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 issues 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.
David King, Chief of Police
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.
Mission 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.
David King, Police Chief
The Parker Police Department provides year-round, 24-hour service to citizens of the Town of Parker and adheres to the highest standards of ethical behavior. The Department's primary objective is to provide a safe community Parker with prepares the highest of service The organization is committed Each year, theenvironment Parker PoliceinDepartment anlevel annual budget possible. designed to detail the specific operations,to safeguarding the community that makes Parker a great place to live, work and play. Public safety theby projects and goals of the Department. In accordance with a Town of Parker ordinance, the budget isservices reviewed Police Department provides are patrol, investigations, community policing, 911 communications, animal Town Council and formally adopted. services, property and evidence, records and victim services. The Parker Police Department also handles 911 communications, victim, crime scene investigation, crime analysis and property and evidence services for the City of Lone Tree. Victim services are accounted for in its own fund. 2014 Adopted Budget
2013 Actual Expenditures by Function Administration Investigations
2015 Adopted Budget
% Change Adopted Budgets
1,903,014 $ 1,800,509
2,557,208 $ 1,649,650
2,597,011 $ 1,672,182
4,636,035 441,277 1,113,050 485,017
5,330,329 568,365 1,930,210 536,800
5,155,435 534,515 1,920,537 479,964
5,458,988 628,714 1,492,974 609,400
2% 11% -23% 14%
120,481 101,341 10,600,724
185,700 130,700 12,888,962
132,370 101,076 12,593,089
215,500 194,230 13,367,599
16% 49% 4%
Expenditures by Category Salary and Benefits
Supplies Purchased Services Capital Outlay
341,729 1,969,041 119,699
346,194 2,963,779 898,589
279,064 2,755,552 867,078
336,300 3,280,667 314,600
-3% 11% -65%
Patrol Records Communication Police Station Emergency Management Animal Services Total
19,014 24,000 20,089 24,700 10,600,724 $ 12,888,962 $ 12,593,089 $ 13,367,599
Sources of Funding Charges for Services Grants City of Lone Tree Douglas County School District General Fund Total
Town of Parker, Colorado
50,071 60,858 75,945
50,992 50,992 44,600 45,600 10,362,857 12,651,096 12,354,989 13,179,599 10,600,724 $ 12,888,962 $ 12,593,089 $ 13,367,599
-11% 4% 4%
2015 Annual Budget
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.
Organizational Chart Chief of Police
Administration / Investigations Captain
Professional Standards Lieutenant
Investigations Lieutenant Sergeants Detectives Background Investigator Crime Analyst
Patrol Lieutenants Sergeants Police Officers Animal Control Officers School Resource Officers School Marshal
Internal Affairs Sergeant
Records Records Supervisor Report Technicians Victim Services Coordinator Victim Advocate
Communications Communications Supervisors Communications Technicians Emergency Management Explorers
Property and Evidence Evidence Technicians Crime Scene Technician
Research & Development Reserve Officers
DEA / PCU Detectives Fleet / Facility Chaplains
Accreditation Training Emergency Management Community Services Public Relations
2014 Accomplishments • Received national accreditation through the International Association of Property and Evidence for the Department’s Evidence Room and CALEA Public Safety Communication accreditation. • Recognized by: 00 Neighborhood Scout as the 47th Safest City in America based on nationwide crime data research 00 SafeWise as the 18th Safest City in Colorado with a population of 2,000+ or residents. 00 Movoto as the 4th Safest Place in the State with a population of 10,000+ residents. • Updated the 9-1-1 Public Education program and have reached over 3,500 residents and children with this program. • Launched a new comprehensive web site and began to utilize LinkedIn and YouTube to reach citizens. • Implemented E-Ticketing • Conducted two Citizen Police Academies and graduated 55 citizens. • Hosted Functional Needs Citizen Academy with 18 citizens graduating from the five-week academy. • Provided emergency management training to citizens regarding emergency preparedness: 00 Be READY – 7 people 00 Citizen Emergency Response Training (CERT) – 23 people 00 Become a Weather Spotter – 60 people • Conducted a DUI checkpoint funded by the Department of Transportation. • Conducting various Community Outreach events and programs to include: 00 National Night Out 00 Coffee With a Cop (NEW PROGRAM) 00 Christmas Open House and Food Drive 00 TOP Ample Harvest 00 Boy Scout and Girl Scout Badge events – over 150 scouts 00 Child Safety Classes – 37 children and 23 adults 00 National Drug Take-Back events 00 Special Olympics Colorado events • Two Officers graduated from the 2014 Colorado Department of Transportation Drug Recognition Expert school. • Received awards for: 00 Traffic Safety Award from the 2013 Colorado Law Enforcement Challenge Traffic Safety Awards Program – the Department placed 1st. 00 Traffic Safety Champions through the Colorado Department of Transportation 00 Outstanding Service Award from the North Metro Drug Task Force • Parker Police Explorers participated in Night Moves Competition where they placed 3rd in High Risk Traffic Stops. • Parker Police Explorers attended the 2014 LEEPAAC Conference where two of our explorers were selected to part of the Explorer Leadership Team. We had explorers place in the following competitions: High Risk Traffic, Incident Command System, Passive Resistance and Obstacle Course.
2015 Goals • Upgrade Animal Control to two full-time officers • Obtain CALEA reaccreditation • RCIT Training • Additional Body Worn Cameras • Additional police vehicle replacements • Continue to maximize and enhance the use of mass public notification systems through social media and all media outlets • Continue to provide ongoing training for retention and succession of employees to assist with personal development and growth • Continue to build positive, lasting relationships with outside agencies • Continue to apply for additional grants • Purge of all applicable guns • Continue the goal of teaching Y.E.S.S. Program at all middle schools within the Town • Provide emergency management training opportunities to staff to include tabletop exercises • Offer additional volunteer training and development opportunities
Building Relationships Community policing In a 2014 survey, 57 percent of customers rated the Parker Police Department service as excellent. As part of the fabric of the community, our Department seeks to protect individual rights, prevent crime and build community partnerships.
Citizen Police Academies The Citizen Police Academy is a unique opportunity for residents to learn about law enforcement. Our goal is to enhance the relationship between the citizens of Parker and the Police Department by using communityoriented methods. The more information and understanding shared between the community and law enforcement, the less suspicion, fear and misunderstanding will exist. By eliminating the misconceptions and assumptions created by outside entities, we hope to gain a long-lasting partnership with the citizens of the Town of Parker. In 2014, the Department hosted two Citizen Academies, graduating 55 students; and one Access and Functional Needs Citizen Academy, graduating 18 students.
Coffee With a Cop Coffee With a Cop is an opportunity for officers and community members to come together in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues, build relationships and enjoy a cup of coffee. This national initiative aims to advance the practice of community policing through improving relationships between police officers and community members one cup of coffee at a time.
National Night Out In 1984, the introduction of National Night Out, “America’s Night Out Against Crime”, began as an effort to: • • • •
Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness Generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime efforts Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships Send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organizing and fighting back
The Parker Police Department hosts National Night Out in August at O’Brien Park with games, face painting, vendor booths, child fingerprint identification kits as well as military, police and fire participation. The day culminates with winners of the National Night Out Car Show being announced and a movie in the park.
Food Drives The Parker Police Department has teamed up with the Parker Task Force to provide food to those in need within our community. The TOP Ample Harvest program is part of a nationwide campaign, AmpleHarvest.org. Each spring, the Police Department plants a garden and donates all of the produce to the Parker Task Force. At the end of the growing season approximately 100 pounds of fresh produce was donated. Local residents can also donate their excess garden bounty to the program. Cram the Cruiser to Prevent Hunger this Christmas is an event built around increasing food donations for the Parker Task Force’s Backpack Program. This initiative focuses on providing kids in need with food for the weekend. Each Friday, the qualifying child picks up a backpack with food items to provide them nourishment so they are able to focus on their studies instead of their hunger.
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.
Ice Bucket Challenge On July 31, 2014, members of the Parker Police Department took the “Ice Bucket” challenge to raise money for the National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund. This fund benefits the surviving family members who have lost a loved one in the line of duty.
Patrol Division 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, to include Communications and Patrol Officers, is staffed 24-hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
Communications Division (9-1-1) The Communications Division provides 24-hour emergency services to the residents of Parker and Lone Tree. The staff is trained to handle numerous emergencies and non-emergencies that are called in to the Police Department every day. They utilize multitasking skills by monitoring up to ten computer screens, while answering multiple incoming phone calls and transmitting over the radio simultaneously. Facts • Parker and Lone Tree Police officially combined their Communications Center as of January 1, 2006. • In 2014, the Communications Center handled approximately 98,788 calls for service by way of telephone Roughly 730 of those calls were 9-1-1 hang ups. Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP) calls to 9-1-1: 1,074 Cell phone calls to 9-1-1: 10,552 Landline calls to 9-1-1: 2,554 Communications Technicians answered 9-1-1 calls within four seconds
Speeding Citations by Month Citations
161 116 69
Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Traffic Accidents Accident Locations
# of Accidents
Parker Road / Mainstreet
Parker Road / Lincoln Avenue
Parker Road / Crown Crest Blvd.
Lincoln Avenue / Jordan Road
Parker Road / Ponderosa
In 2014, there were a total of 1,328 traffic accidents in the Town of Parker, an increase of 15.2% from 2013. The top five accident locations comprised of 12.65% of the total accidents.
Animal Services Calls for Service
# of Calls
Dog Running at Large
Animal Services responds to animal-related complaints received by the Department and promotes responsible pet ownership through enforcement, mediation and education.
Crime Trends The Parker Police Department reports incidents based on the National Incident Based Reporting System (NIBRS) classification system. The statistics 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.
Other Crimes* Aggravated Assault
% Change 215.4%
All Other Offenses
Disorderly/Disturbing the Peace
Homicide (or Attempted)
*These are all violations in the Town of Parker minus the Target Crimes.
Target Crimes Violations Arson
% Change -44.4%
Burglary (or Attempted) Fraud
The table above shows the totals for charges in target crime categories for 2013 and 2014. 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.
Calls for Service Calls for Service Assault
% Change 11.5%
Office of Emergency Management The Office of Emergency Management is tasked with preventing, preparing for, responding to and recovering from large-scale emergencies and disasters. This is accomplished through the development of programs that focus on preparing, education and coordination of emergency response within the Town of Parker.
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 2014, 23 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 2014, totaling 7 residents. Become a Weather Spotter: Sixty attendees learned about cloud features that lead to severe weather, thunderstorms and flash floods.
Rocky Vista University Mass Casualty Training Exercise In October, multiple agencies teamed up with Rocky Vista University to conduct a mass casualty training exercise to test emergency response. This included six law enforcement agencies, South Metro Fire Protection District, two private ambulance companies, Incident Management Teams from Douglas and Arapahoe Counties, and SWAT teams from Arapahoe and Douglas Counties. Additionally, twenty Fort Carson soldiers representing the Fort and Evans Army Hospital in Colorado Springs participated.
Professional Standards The Office of Professional Standards oversees the functions of Accreditation, Community Services, Emergency Management, Internal Affairs, Public Relations and Training.
Accreditations The Parker Police Department is the first law enforcement agency in the nation to be awarded with the following four accreditations – CALEA Law Enforcement, CALEA Public Safety Communications, International Association for Property and Evidence (IAPE) and state accredited through the Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police. The purpose of becoming an accredited agency is to ensure the department has the most up-to-date policies, procedures and trainings – recognizing professional excellence. For each one of these accreditations, the Parker Police must maintain compliance with applicable standards, keep proofs of compliance, and live by the letter and spirit of those standards; then go through the process for maintaining accreditation on a regular basis. The Department is always auditing our practices and every year assessors from around the country come in and perform an audit. About the CALEA Accreditations The purpose of CALEA’s accreditation programs is to improve the delivery of public safety services, primarily by: maintaining a body of standards, developed by public safety practitioners, covering a wide range of up-to-date public safety initiatives; establishing and administering an accreditation process; and recognizing professional excellence. The law enforcement accreditation requires the department is in compliance with CALEA’s 317 mandatory policing standards, as well as at least 80 optional standards. The public safety communications accreditation focuses on 165 mandatory standards. About the IAPE Accreditation This accreditation is a review of the Property and Evidence Section’s standards, documentation, procedures and actions as they relate to the industry’s best practices. About the CACP Accreditation CACP accreditation requires a law enforcement agency to demonstrate and consistently maintain compliance with over 200 professional standards of performance. Some of these standard areas include arrest procedures, community relations, internal affairs, investigations, record keeping, patrol operations and code of ethics.
The Department received a total of ten complaints in 2014. Of these, five were internal complaints initiated by the Department or member. The remaining five 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 member’s immediate supervisor.
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.
The information contained in this document represents complaints that were forwarded to Internal Affairs for extended investigation. Internal Complaints = Unfounded: Partially Sustained: Sustained:
5 External Complaints = 1 Exceptionally Cleared: 1 Not Sustained: 3
5 1 4
The information contained in this document represents major complaints that were forwarded to Internal Affairs for extended investigation. Exceptionally Cleared
An instance where an investigation is either stopped prior to final disposition being reached or the investigation is forwarded to an entity outside of the Town of Parker.
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.
During 2014, members of the Parker Police Department received a total of 11,339 hours of training. These trainings included internal trainings, external trainings and in-service trainings for both commissioned and civilian members. In-service training for commissioned officers consisted of a minimum of 40 hours, to include, but not limited to: • 25 hours of Krav Maga, Taser, OC, PPE, Kick Stop, ect. • 15 hours of driving • 20 hours of firearms, not including qualification hours All members of the Department are encouraged to attend additional training. These courses include basic classes, conferences and trainings, as well as more advanced certifications to include, but not limited to: • Crime Prevention by Environmental Design • Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving • Advanced Accident Investigation / Accident Reconstruction • Crisis Intervention for Officers and Telecommunicators
Investigations 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 Attorneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office for prosecution
GENERAL DETECTIVE CASE LOAD YEARLY COMPARISON
2010 2011 2012 60
The amount of cases assigned to Investigations began to increase from what was an average of below 80, to near 100 or more in the later part of 2013, and remained that high throughout 2014. This is due to the increase in felony Target Crimes that has been experienced throughout the same time period.
EFFICIENCY=NUMBER OF CASES CLEARED PER DETECTIVE PER WORK DAY CLEARANCE RATE=% OF CASES FORWARDED TO INVESTIGATIONS THAT ARE CLEARED
0.7 0.65 0.6 59.38%
Unit Efficiency Unit Clearance Rate 0.3
The Parker Detective unit efficiency has steadily increased over the last several years. This number represents the average number of cases that are cleared per every detective working day. The clearance rate shows a slight decrease beginning in 2013. This is speculatively a result of higher caseloads assigned to the same number of detectives on staff. Parker is analyzing the possibility of adding additional staffing to the Investigations Division.
Evidence Section 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 42,800 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. In 2014, the section completed a thorough review of standards and procedures earning accreditation through the International Association of Property and Evidence.
Did You Know... • 1983 - The Parker Police Department officially took to the streets in 1983
on a part-time basis led by Cheif 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 used Plymouth Fury’s that were purchased from the Colorado State Patrol and were marked with a decal depicting the 20 Mile House on each front door. The police officers wore a uniform consisting of light brown trousers, a dark brown shirt and a cowboy hat.
• 1985 - As the Town of Parker grew, so did the Police Department. The Department was led by a new chief and a staff of eight police officers. Along with purchasing two new police cars, the Department also adopted the dark blue uniform that is still worn today.
• Social Media - The Department launched
a Facebook and Twitter page in 2012 in an effort to utilize effective communication tools to provide timely, accurate and accessible information to our community. * Our Facebook page currently gained 1,596 followers and had an average post reach of 2,665 people in 2014. www.Facebook.com/ParkerPoliceDepartment * Twitter has been one of the fastest lines of communication to our local media outlets, and has garnered us over 2,000 followers. Tweet impressions per month average 17,400, with an average 250 profile visits per month. www.Twitter.com/ParkerPolice * During 2014, the Police Department expanded our social media scope to include LinkedIn, Instagram and YouTube.
www.ParkerPolice.org • 303.841.9800