Salida Police Department

  • Agency: Salida Police Department
  • Address: 448 E 1st St, Suite 274, Salida, 81201 CO
  • Chief: (Chief of Police)
Phone: 719-539-6880
Fax: 719-530-0328

Salida Police Department is located at 448 E 1st St, Suite 274, Salida, 81201 CO. The Salida Police Department phone number is 719-539-6880.

Salida Police Department News

CHAFFEE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Salida, Colorado PRESS RELEASE September 30, 2018 The Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office and the Salida Police Department has completed excavation for clues regarding the death of Beverly England on Mount Shavano. The operation lasted 5 days and it proved to be very successful in that numerous human remains, believed to be that of Beverly England, along with several items believed to be associated with her death, were recovered and collected as evidence. This operation was completed in cooperation with the Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office, the Salida Police Department, the Chaffee County Coroners Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. All of the human remains that were recovered will now be sent to pathology at the University of Northern Texas where they will be analyzed for identification. There were several remains that displayed possible damage and this could possibly reveal a cause of death. The Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank numerous persons that volunteered during this operation because your help was most beneficial. For more information please contact Chaffee County Sheriff John Spezze at 719-207-3199.

The Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office is organizing an evidentiary excavation in the foot hills of Mt. Shavano along C.R. 250 searching for further human remains of Beverly England and any further evidence that may have led to her death. The excavation will begin Monday (September 24th), and will be completed Friday, (September 29th). The search will be in the area between C.R. 250 and “Washout Road”. The Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office is asking residents to stay out of this immediate area as it is considered a crime scene and will be staffed 24 hours each day of the search for security purposes. The search and excavation will be a very detailed operation utilizing law enforcement from both the Chaffee County Sheriff's Office and the Salida Police Department, as well as multiple agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, (FBI). Also assisting with the search are multiple cadaver dog teams and multiple anthropologists who will be on site. Also assisting with the operation and search is the Chaffee County Coroners Office. For more information please contact Chaffee County Sheriff John Spezze at 719-207-3199.

Press Release Salida Police Dept. September 21, 2018 On September 21st, 2018 the Salida Police Department along with deputies from the Chaffee County Sheriff’s worked an undercover drug operation in the City of Salida. During the operation, the Chaffee County Drug Task Force utilized a confidential informant to purchase methamphetamine form Leslie Ordaz, a 35yr old female from Salida. The Drug Task Force then secured a search warrant for the residence. Due to the nature of the situation the Chaffee County Combined SWAT was called in to assist. The Chaffee County Combined SWAT Team secured the residence, so the search warrant could be administered. As a result of the operation, the following people were arrested: Leslie Ordaz- 35 yr old female from Salida. Leslie was charged with One Count of Unlawful Distribution of a Schedule II Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine), as amended, a Level 3 Drug Felony and One Count of C.R.S. 18-18-403.5(2)(a) Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance, as amended, a Level 4 Drug Felony. Judge Murphy is holding a bond hearing for Leslie at 2:30 PM on 9/21/2018. Kristen Edelman- 48 yr old female from Salida. Kristen was charged with One Count of C.R.S. 18-18-403.5(2)(a) Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance, as amended, a Level 4 Drug Felony, One Count of C.R.S 18-18-428 Possession of Drug Paraphernalia a Class 2 Perry Offense, and C.R.S 18-8-105 Accessory to a Crime – Misdemeanor, a Class 1 Petty Offense. The bond for Kristen was set at $500.00 per the Bond Schedule. Timothy Barton- 36 yr old male from Salida. Timothy was arrested on a Chaffee County Warrant charging C.R.S 14-14-110 Failure to Comply with a Court Order, a Misdemeanor. The bond for Timothy was set at $3,000.00 Chief Russell Johnson Salida Police Department

Recently there have been some questions regarding lockout activities initiated in the Salida School district by police activity. The Salida Police Department would like to take this opportunity to clarify what these procedures are, why they happen and how information is disseminated about them. The differentiation between Lockout and Lockdown is a critical element in standard response protocol. A Lockout recovers all students from outside the building, secures the building perimeter and locks all outside doors. This would be implemented when there is a threat or hazard outside of the building. Criminal activity, dangerous events in the community, or even a vicious dog on the playground would be examples of a Lockout response. While the Lockout response encourages greater staff situational awareness, it allows for educational practices to continue with little classroom interruption or distraction. It is typically not severe enough or direct enough of a situation to require emergency response at the school campus. Recent events, such as a suicidal subject requiring a police response elsewhere in the city may cause the school resource officer or supervisor to request lockout. In this case, there is no threat or involvement with the school district whatsoever, however it is practice for SPD to err on the side of caution. Once the situation is resolved, school function returns to normal. The event will likely be unfolding in a rapid and fluid fashion, meaning no information will be distributed until after the situation is resolved since police are dealing with the issue away from the school grounds. We prefer to lockout when it is not necessary to protect the integrity of our schools and children rather than not do so and have the community question why we didn't take that precautionary step. We understand frustration when messages are distributed without detailed information, but we ask that you remember the staff putting out the messages don't have any information to provide. Lockout is a less intrusive precaution and quite different from Lockdown which would be used if an event directly involved the school. Lockdown is a classroom-based protocol that requires locking the classroom door, turning off the lights and placing students out of sight of any corridor windows. Student action during Lockdown is to remain quiet. It does not mandate locking outside doors. There are several reasons for not locking perimeter doors during a Lockdown. Risk is increased to students or staff in exposed areas attempting to lock outside doors. Locking outside doors inhibits entry of first responders and increases risk as responders attempt to breach doors. We ask that community members read and review Standard Response Protocols available at

Please help ID! On 9/9/18 at about 11:15pm, this man was involved in a pursuit following a Hit-and-Run accident at Loaf ‘N Jug. His hat appears to be ACU Camo with the 101st Airborne logo. He was driving a dark colored 80’s Bronco II with a Colorado plate CTV405 last seen eastbound on Highway 50 towards Howard at a high rate of speed.

CHAFFEE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Salida, Colorado PRESS RELEASE September 7, 2018 On this date at 1331 hours the Chaffee County Communications Center received a call of an armed suicidal person at 7710 W Hwy 50, which is unincorporated Chaffee County. Officers from both the Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office and the Salida Police Department responded to the scene and encountered a male at the rear of the residence. The male later identified as Ted Alnutt, age 48, from Salida, was threatening to kill himself and was armed with two semi-automatic handguns threatening to shoot himself. Additional personnel responded to the scene and Highway 50 was closed in both directions and neighbors adjacent to the residence were evacuated. Negotiators from both the Salida Police Department and the Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office began talking to the male in an attempt to have him disarm himself. Negotiations continued with the male for approximately an hour and 30 minutes. During the negotiations the male entered his residence however negotiators were able to talk the male from inside his home unarmed and he was taken into custody unharmed. Alnutt was transported to the Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center where he was medically cleared. He was then transported to the Chaffee County Detentions Center where he was booked into jail for Prohibited use of a Weapon, a class 2 misdemeanor, and Resisting Arrest, a class 2 misdemeanor. Also assisting were the Colorado state Patrol, Chaffee County EMS and Salida Fire. ***For more information please contact Chaffee County Sheriff John Spezze at 719-207-3199***

The Salida police department is seeking information about a dog bite. On Sunday morning a juvenile was bitten by a Great Dane in the 700 block of Palmer. The dog was described as a white and brown Great Dane of unknown gender. If anyone has any information about a dog matching that description in or around the area described please contact us Immediately.

Thank you to the kind and generous family that bought our officers' dinner last night at Los Girasoles. It was very much appreciated and showed community support for law enforcement.

Today around 5:45 pm, The Chaffee County Tactical Team was deployed to the 600 block of Oak St. regarding a barricaded subject stemming from a service of a protection order from the Chaffee County Sheriff's Office. We are happy to report a peaceful outcome was achieved through cooperation by the suspect and support from friends and family. For more details please refer to the Chaffee County Sheriff's Office.

Come support The Alliance this Friday, 8/10/18, at 5:45 pm at Marvin Park while we join the fire departments to play against the high school baseball team for a friendly game of softball.

The City of Salida is seeking a Police Officer, see full details at the link:

Chief Clark's final 10-42

Congratulations to Chief Russell Johnson!

We've had several lost items turned into our department after FIBArk. If you're missing a phone, wallet, keys, etc. please contact us to identify it. Thanks!

Please help us identify this burglar suspect. If you recognize him please call our dispatch at 719-539-2596

The Salida police are asking for public assistance in identifying the vehicle pictured. The vehicle and driver or wanted in connection with a hit and run accident at the Walmart intersection. Please call if you have any information on this vehicle. We have the plate number and it was last seen heading up the Marshall Pass road area. Dispatch: 719-539-2596

Before heading out, please be aware of the new Stage 1 fire restrictions in place for the Pike and San Isabel National Forests on the Pikes Peak, South Park and Salida Ranger Districts. Check the interactive map at

Please join us on Thursday, May 31st for this free community event about Emergency Preparation

The Salida Police Department has been notified of a large natural gas line rupture near Poncha Springs. Gas service to the Salida area may be interrupted while repairs are being made.

BEWARE! - COUNTERFEIT BILLS are being passed at Salida businesses. Most of the bills are older $100 bills but other denominations may have been attempted. These bills have a “waxy” coating and will PASS the pen test! Please check other security features and pay attention while accepting cash. If you do suspect someone of trying to pass a fake bill, please keep your safety and fellow employees’ safety in mind. Do not confront them. - DETERMINE it’s a fake. Look for the security features. Compare it to other bills. Take the bill, separate it and try not to touch it. - DISTRACT the suspects (if safe to do so) so the police have to time to respond - DESCRIPTION. Make mental notes of the suspect(s). Hair, height, age, race, weight, clothing, tattoos, clothing, accents, jewelry, etc. Also, make model and specific features of vehicles are great if a license plate isn’t apparent. Take notes as we quickly forget some details especially plate numbers. - DISCREETLY DIAL 911. Don’t confront the suspect(s) and allow them to leave. Give dispatch a description and direction of travel. Cooperate with the responding officers. For more security features: