- Human Services
- Community Response
- Professional Staff
- School Resource Officer
- LGTBQ+ Liaison
Human Services Officers (HSO) are officers who respond to calls related to mental health, substance abuse, homelessness, and "at-risk" populations. These calls include but are not limited to welfare checks, mental health calls, criminal, traffic, civil/domestic situations, mutual aid, medical and fire response. HSPOs work closely with The Pitkin County Co-Responder Program (PACT) when a call is determined to have a mental health component. These officers proactively interact with at-risk populations. Aspen Police Department partners with local and state human service providers, including Pitkin County Human Services, mental health providers, detox services, court systems, etc.
The Aspen Police Department patrol officers provide 24-hour police services to the Aspen community. Officers respond to a variety of calls including criminal incidents, civil complaints, and various other types of emergencies. They are trained to handle any situation that may arise with a commitment to enhancing the quality of life and public safety within our community.
Our branch includes sworn officers, who serve with the guiding philosophy to build consenting relationships within our community and garner mutual trust. We work to enhance the safety and feeling of security for residents and visitors alike through effective crime prevention and overall care. The public is the police, and the police are members of the public. When patrol officers are not directly responding to calls, they are highly involved in proactive policing measures to prevent crime within the community.
Officers communicate regularly with local businesses and community members in an effort to foster mutually beneficial relationships with owners and employees. Officers can often be seen downtown on foot on a weekend talking to visitors, workers, and residents. High visibility and accessibility of officers help maintain the policing style the public has come to know and respect in Aspen since 1888.
The investigation’s office consists of Detectives and a Detective Sergeant who serve as a resource for patrol officers in their daily activities by assisting with and overseeing cases that require advanced investigation for major crimes or high-level cases. These include death investigations, felony cases, juvenile cases, and any other cases that require a significant amount of expertise, specialization, training, and skill.
Community Response Officers are authorized by the City of Aspen to enforce municipal codes. The Officers who serve in this role act as ambassadors on many levels for those who live, visit, and recreate in Aspen. The goal of this position is to implement the tenets of community-oriented policing and foster positive relationships with the public that are structured on mutual respect.
Community Response Officers do much more than enforcement of Municipal Ordinances, they also provide motorist assistance, citizen-assists, they offer support on various medical/fire-related calls, are the primary response to vehicle accidents, and respond to animal complaints. They engage in community safety education, provide public outreach, special event management, coordinate the Bear Aware campaign, and enforcement of trash ordinances. These Officers work hand-in-hand with the Patrol Division to ensure high standards of service and attention are provided for every need in our community.
Public Safety Records Specialists
Public Safety Records Specialists (PSRS) serve as the official "Records Custodian” for the Aspen Police Department. They offer support services such as administration, management, and dissemination of official criminal justice records. PSRS provide records management for quality control, database management, records release management, training management, and customer service for the police department.
Police Administrative Assistants
Police Administrative Assistants are integral members of the Aspen Police Department, excelling in customer service and administrative support. They manage various tasks, including clearing vehicles for VIN inspections, processing daily police reports, and handling records requests. Administrative Assistants handle financial responsibilities, such as collecting fees, issuing receipts, and maintaining accurate transaction records. In alarm program management, they issue permits, process invoices, and actively engage with security companies.
The Aspen Police Department is dedicated to working with our young people. For over 30 years the Aspen Police Department has dedicated an SRO to work with students at the schools. The School Resource Officer works with the Aspen School District, and the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Department to assist with safety issues, criminal reporting, teaching classes, and fostering relationships with students.
Amanda Severin is our department’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBTQ+) Liaison Officer.
Aspen is committed to being a safe and inclusive space for LGBTQ+ residents and visitors. Amanda is a direct point of contact to offer a friendly and accessible ear for Aspen’s LGBTQ+ community. In collaboration with the Police Chief and other city officials she helps foster an inclusive environment so that all members of the LGBTQ+ community feel safe in reporting issues that may be impacting them.
You can reach her at email@example.com, or by calling 970-920-5400.