Denver Police Department

  • Agency: Denver Police Department
  • Address: 1331 Cherokee Street, Denver, 80204 CO
  • Chief: Robert C White (Chief of Police)

Denver Police Department is located at 1331 Cherokee Street, Denver, 80204 CO. The Chief of Police of the department is Robert C White. The Denver Police Department phone number is (720) 913-2000.

Denver Police Department News

THROWBACK THURSDAY: TICKETING TO A SHOW Today, we are throwing it back 65 years. It was on April 16, 1953 that Walter R. Beaver, pictured here, was pulled over by Denver Police Officer Henry Diffee and Officer Al Leavitt. But they didn’t give him a traffic ticket. Instead, they issued him two tickets to “Jeopardy”, which was playing at the Broadway Theater at the time. The theater, in partnership with the police department, gave away 50 tickets to the movie to drivers who “did not place people’s lives in jeopardy.” Clever… *Photo courtesy of the Denver Public Library Digital Collections.

IT'S 420 EVE, PEOPLE. And we all know what that means. So we're just gonna put this here as a little reminder. Share it with all those who will be partaking in the day's festivities....

WHERE ARE THEY? - WEDNESDAY: DONNIE MARTIN Friends, can you help us find Donnie Martin? He went missing earlier this month and was last seen in the are of E. 36th Avenue and High Street. If you see him or know his whereabouts, please call 720-913-7867.

SUNDAY MATINEE SNEEK PEEK: SILENCE KILLS When people think of child abuse, they often think of it only in terms of physical abuse, but its so much more than that. Detective Curtis Johnson sits down to talk about this sensitive topic this Sunday, right here on Facebook, at 1:05 PM. Don't miss it!

POLICE WORK MAKES THE DREAM WORK Late Saturday night, April 14, 2018, District 1 Officer Cordova, Officer Hernandez and Officer Meadows were dispatched to a report of menacing with a gun in the area of W. 10th Avenue and N. Sheridan Boulevard. The suspect was described as a White male who was driving a white SUV. The officers located the suspect in the 4200 block of W. 10th Avenue and conducted a high-risk traffic stop. The suspect driver, 54-year-old Joseph Menzor, was taken into custody without incident. During the course of the officers’ investigation, it was learned that the suspect had an active warrant for his arrest, is a habitual traffic offender and is a convicted felon. During an inventory search of the vehicle prior to towing, officers located a pistol and suspected methamphetamine. Menzor was arrested for investigation of possession of a weapon by a previous offender and possession of a controlled substance.

TIP OF THE HAT TUEDSAY: HPD OFC. LAURITZEN Today, we at the Denver Police Department are tipping our hats to Officer Scott Lauritzen of the Herriman Police Department in Utah. Earlier this month, Officer Lauritzen was on patrol when he spotted some kids in a park playing basketball. Without a second thought, the good officer stopped to play a little pick-up, evening up the teams. It may not seem like much, but it’s these types of interactions that have the biggest impact. Great work, officer! Hats tipped… *Photo courtesy of Herriman City.

LOCK YOUR DOORS, REMOVE YOUR VALUABLES On Sunday, April 15, 2018, a victim walked into the District 3 station to report that his vehicle had been broken into. The victim explained that, while parked in the 1800 block of S. Pearl Street, an unknown suspect entered the unlocked vehicle, taking the victim's garage door opener and other miscellaneous items and paperwork. The suspects then located the victim's home address on the stolen paperwork and used the garage door opener to burglarize the victim's home. Help us prevent crimes of opportunity by following these simple tips...

MUG SHOT MONDAY: DEVEN TOMASSO The Denver Police Department needs your help locating Deven Tomasso. Tomasso is wanted for first degree murder in connection with a homicide that occurred at 24 S. Hazel Court on Thursday, January 4, 2018. He should be considered armed and dangerous. If you see him or know his whereabouts, please call 720-913-7867 or 911.

START BY BELIEVING April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and with the momentum of the #MeToo movement, more and more survivors are bravely telling their stories of sexual assault. Do you know how best to react if a loved one tells you they were sexually assaulted? You start by believing. Watch how a victim specialist with the Denver Police Department starts by believing and visit www.denvergov.org/KnowAction to prepare for that conversation.

SUNDAY MATINEE MINUTE: IRS SCAM IRS Scammers work year-round and this is just one way they will try to deceive innocent, unsuspecting victims...

BOOK 'EM, DANNO! This past Monday, Sergeant John White and Technician Jay Casillas teamed up to read to preschoolers as part of the Denver Museum of Nature & Science's One Book 4 Colorado program. With their help, hundreds of kiddos experienced a fun and memorable reading of "Groovy Joe: Dance Party Countdown." And during this special two-week event, 75,000 book copies were given away to 4-year-olds throughout the state.

SUNDAY MATINEE SNEEK PEEK: IRS SCAM Tax season may be winding down with the fast approaching filing deadline, but that doesn't mean scammers won't do their best year-round to try to defraud innocent victims. Join us tomorrow right here on Facebook at 1:05 PM, for the skinny on a pretty common ruse.

SCAM ALERT SATURDAY: BUSINESS PHONE FRAUD Last month, officers responded to a pizza restaurant in the 3500 block of N. Quebec Street on a report of fraud by phone. The complainant explained that the suspect called the store and told the employee that he was a federal agent. The suspect then went on to tell the employee that the store owed the government over $1,400 in cash, and if it was not paid immediately, the store would be shut down. The suspect advised the victim to empty the cash registers and safe, and take the money to a nearby grocery store to purchase reloadable prepaid cards. He then instructed the employee to photograph the numbers on the cards to send him and destroy the cards and receipts. The employee did as told and when a second employee was informed of the incident, they grew suspicious and called in the owner. To everyone, not just business owners, the government will never collect taxes by phoning you. If you get a similar call, hang up and call the police.

SUNDAY MATINEE SNEEK PEEK: IRS SCAM Tax season may be winding down with the fast approaching filing deadline, but that doesn't mean scammers won't do their best year-round to try to defraud innocent victims. Join us this Sunday, right here on Facebook at 1:05 PM for the skinny on a pretty common ruse.

FUREVER HOME FRIDAY: KIWI (ID A323180) Friends, meet Kiwi. Kiwi is a darling 10-year-old Coonhound and she's looking for a human to spend her golden years with. Despite her age, this girl is very active and is always up for a day of exploring. Kiwi has a ton of personality and prefers people to dogs, and she would like nothing more than to be her new human's only furkid For more information on Kiwi, or any other adoptable animals at the Denver Animal Shelter call 311 or visit https://goo.gl/kJm3WW. For information on the adoption process, go to http://goo.gl/akZwBs.

D6 OFFICERS MAKE MAJOR SAVE Sometimes it's the furry, four-legged Denverites who need a little help and we're glad officers at District 6 were able to assist this cute little guy.

THROWBACK THURSDAY: 911 PAST & PRESENT Today, we are throwing it backward and forward to those who have chosen a career in 911, because this week is National Public Safety Telecommunications Week! We wouldn’t be able to respond to the calls if we didn’t have someone answering them, and our communications center team is among the best in the country. They work around the clock and we are so grateful for their service! To the telecommunicators of the past who cranked out the calls on ticker tape and telegraph machines, and to those who rock the headset today – we salute you! *This photo is of our communications operation room back in the early 1900’s, courtesy of the Denver Public Library Digital Collection.

10 OF DENVER'S FINEST TAKE HOME CAP AWARDS Yesterday, the nonprofit organization Citizens Appreciate Police (CAP) recognized 10 Denver Police officers for going beyond the call of duty to help members of our community. *Officer Alicia Martinez & Officer Monique Sedberry* Officer Monique Sedberry was dispatched to a southwest Denver school on a report that a student was being bullied. On that call, she befriended the young man named Victor. Victor is legally blind and was being teased by other students for his vision impairment. Since that initial meeting, Officer Sedberry has maintained their friendship, visiting Victor at home on a regular basis and introducing him to other officers. As the new school year approached, Officer Sedberry and Officer Alicia Martinez learned that Victor’s family was struggling to equip him and his four siblings with school supplies for the year. So, the crime-fighting duo bought five backpacks, loaded them up with various school supplies and delivered them to family, who were all very grateful for the officers’ kindness and generosity. *Sergeant Timothy Hyatt, Officer Alexis Aranda, Officer Fernando Benavides, Officer Rueban Garduño, Officer Joseph Heckenkamp, Officer Kyle McNabb, Officer Christopher Parton & Officer Christopher Valderrama* For the second year in a row, the District Four Impact Team and District Four Community Resource Officers banded together and contributed their personal money to support a District Four family in need for the Christmas Holiday. In 2017, the eight involved officers supported the family of Lizuly Torres, who passed away in November of 2017 just months after being diagnosed with cancer, leaving behind a husband and two small children, ages 7 years-old and 1 year-old. The officers went shopping and bought gifts for the family, including Lizuly’s sister and niece. In addition to the presents purchased, the officers also ensured that the family had a meal large enough for 10 people, so the family could gather together and celebrate Christmas the way Lizuly would have had them do. Enough money was donated that no additional gifts or food needed to be purchased by the family for the Christmas celebration. Formed in 1978 by Mayor Bill McNichols and District Attorney Dale Tooley, CAP is a nonprofit organization that recognizes Denver police officers that serve the public above the regular call of duty. Since its inception, more than 400 officers have received the CAP award. Please join us in congratulating these very worthy additions to this group!

APRIL IS CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION MONTH Whether you realize it or not, we all play a role in strengthening families and supporting healthy kids. Whether you’re a parent, caregiver, medical professional, teacher, neighbor, or community member, you play an important role in supporting strong families and healthy, safe kids. That's why we have mandatory reporters and you might be one -- watch now to learn more... For more resources, head to denvergov.org/childsafety for tips and tools you can use this month and all year long.

SUNDAY MATINEE SNEEK PEEK: IRS SCAM Tax season may be winding down with the fast approaching filing deadline, but that doesn't mean scammers won't do their best year-round to try to defraud innocent victims. Join us this Sunday, right here on Facebook at 1:05 PM for the skinny on a pretty common ruse.

HELP KEEP CRIME DOWN, WHILE THE TEMP GOES UP It's starting to feel more like spring instead of second winter around these parts and soon you'll be opening those windows and sliding open those doors. And if you're lucky, you will be outside enjoying all that Colorado has to offer during her warmer months. Here are some summer safety tips to help keep you, your family and your home safe during the warm weather.

TIP OF THE HAT TUESDAY: OSHP TPR. ARNETT Today, we at the Denver Police Department are tipping our hats to Trooper Damon Arnett of the Ohio State Highway Patrol. Last month, a gentleman named Delayne, was heading down the highway when his vehicle had a blowout. Trooper Arnett saw what happened and pulled up behind the young man. Delayne immediately started pulling out his credentials, but the good trooper just waved him off and explained that he just stopped to help him change his tire. And just like that, a new friendship was formed. Now, that’s some excellent community policing. Hats tipped… *Photo courtesy of Delayne Whiteside.

ENZO TAKES HIS 1ST BITE OUT OF CRIME On Monday, April 2, 2018, at approximately 11:30 AM, officers were called to a restaurant in the 5800 block of Leetsdale Drive on a weapons call. On arrival, the victim reported to officers that the suspect had threatened the victim with a knife and attempted to sexually assault the victim while inside the restroom. The victim was able to flee, unharmed, and notified the police immediately. As police were arriving, the suspect fled on foot. The officers established a perimeter and with the assistance of K9 – Enzo, were able to take the suspect into custody in the 600 block of S. Ivy Street. The suspect in this case was identified as 20-year-old Tony Salas and was found to have an outstanding, out-of-county warrant for his arrest for burglary, and was also arrested for investigation of felony menacing and attempt to commit sexual assault. At this point Detectives believe this to be an isolated event.

MUG SHOT MONDAY: JOHNNY DEWAYNE HARRIS Friends, can you help us find Johnny Dewayne Harris? Harris is wanted for SEXUAL ASSUALT. If you see him or know his whereabouts, please call 720-913-7867.

START BY BELIEVING April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and with the momentum of the #MeToo movement, more and more survivors are bravely telling their stories of sexual assault. Do you know how best to react if a loved one tells you they were sexually assaulted? You start by believing. Watch how an officer with the Denver Police Department starts by believing and visit www.denvergov.org/KnowAction to prepare for that conversation.