Estes Park Police Department

  • Agency: Estes Park Police Department
  • Address: 170 MacGregor Ave, Estes Park, 80517 CO
  • Chief: Lowell Richardson (Chief of Police)

Estes Park Police Department is located at 170 MacGregor Ave, Estes Park, 80517 CO. The Chief of Police of the department is Lowell Richardson. The Estes Park Police Department phone number is 970-586-4000.

Estes Park Police Department News

Reach out to help your community -- donate to Blue Santa Nov. 6 - Dec. 4 Donate at locations across town or at the Nov. 18 Tree Lighting Ceremony Every holiday season, the Blue Santa program collects non-perishable food, gifts and hygiene products for disabled, shut-in and elderly community members that need a little extra holiday cheer. Blue Santa is sponsored by the Estes Park Police Department Auxiliary. It is anticipated that Blue Santa will assist nearly 100 people this year, and it’s not too late to nominate someone in need of assistance. To nominate a disabled, shut-in or elderly community member in need, please contact Captain Corey Pass at 970-577-3828 or cpass@estes.org. Community members may also donate to Blue Santa by visiting the Police Auxiliary at the Tree Lighting Ceremony Saturday, Nov. 19 from 4 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. at the George Hix Riverside Plaza downtown. The Auxiliary asks everyone who attends the Tree Lighting Ceremony to bring at least one non-perishable food item or provide a cash donation to support the cause. Blue Santa donations will also be accepted Nov. 6 - Dec. 4 at the following locations: The Estes Park Senior Center, The Estes Park Visitor Center, Bank of Colorado, The Country Market in National Park Village, Estes Valley Library, Med X, Rocky Mountain Health Club, Rocky Mountain National Park, Bank of Estes Park (Park Lane and St. Vrain Center), Premier Members Credit Union, Safeway, Estes Park Medical Center, U.S. Bank, Rambo’s Liquor, Animal Medical Center, Rocky Mountain Discount Liquor, Mountain Dew Liquor, Spur 66 Liquor Store, Good Samaritan Society – Estes Park Village and Estes Park Town Hall. More locations will be added, and many locations will collect monetary donations that allow the Police Auxiliary to purchase food and gifts to supplement donated items. Every penny donated will be used to fund items for Blue Santa recipients. Donations will be delivered Dec. 9 to all Blue Santa recipients. For more information, contact Captain Corey Pass at the Estes Park Police Department, at 970-577-3828 or cpass@estes.org.

Don't forget today is the day - Drug Take Back Day~

Halloween closure on Elkhorn Ave. allows safe passage of trick-or-treaters To provide safe passage for trick-or-treaters during Estes Park’s annual community Halloween festivities, the Town of Estes Park will close Elkhorn Avenue from Spruce Drive to Riverside Drive from 5 p.m. until approximately 9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31. Side street traffic will be detoured accordingly. The Town will also close the curbside lanes (both eastbound and westbound) of East Elkhorn Avenue from Riverside Drive to 390 East Elkhorn Ave. (Ed’s Cantina). Two-way vehicle traffic will be maintained on the inside lanes in this section of East Elkhorn Avenue. The lane closures are intended to increase safe areas for pedestrians, while at the same time improving the ability of adjacent businesses to participate in the Halloween festivities. Event fencing will be used on the north side of the street, adjacent to Town Hall and the Town Hall parking lot, while traffic cones will delineate the curbside lane closure on the south side of East Elkhorn Avenue. The fencing and cones will guide pedestrians to designated crosswalks. Officers from the Estes Park Police Department will be stationed throughout downtown for added safety. The Town of Estes Park encourages residents to bring their children downtown for a safe and fun Halloween celebration provided by the community’s local businesses, organizations and residents. Trick-or-treating families are encouraged to follow these safety tips: • Costumes should be highly visible with reflective materials. • To prevent tripping, costumes should not drag on the ground. • Props should not have sharp edges that could cause injury. • Carry a flashlight after dark. • Walk, don’t run. • Unless there is a designated street closure, walk on sidewalks and use designated crosswalks only.

Next drug collection scheduled Oct. 28 Police encourage safe disposal of unwanted prescription and over-the-counter drugs On Saturday, Oct. 28, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. the Town of Estes Park Police Department will offer Estes Park’s Drug Take Back Day to collect unused, unwanted and expired prescription and over-the-counter drugs for safe disposal — no questions asked. This free service will be held at Rocky Mountain Pharmacy, located at 455 East Wonderview Ave. in Upper Stanley Village. Police officers will collect the drugs, which will remain in the custody of law enforcement officers until they can be incinerated. Estes Park’s Drug Take Back Day is part of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s national campaign to provide a safe way for people to empty their medicine cabinets of unwanted and potentially harmful prescription drugs. To find participating collection sites in other communities, visit www.dea.gov. Misused and abused prescription drugs containing controlled substances can lead to cases of accidental poisoning, overdose and addiction. The most recent National Survey on Drug Use and Health indicates that prescription medicines are the most abused drugs by Americans, next to marijuana. Seven of the 10 drugs most commonly abused by teenagers are prescription medicines and three quarters of teen prescription drug abusers obtain the drugs from family and friends — often from a home medicine cabinet. Ridding homes of these substances greatly reduces the potential for abuse and accidental poisoning. Items which cannot be accepted at the Drug Take Back Day collection sites are needles and sharps, mercury thermometers, oxygen containers, chemotherapy/radioactive substances, pressurized canisters and illicit drugs. For more information, please contact Officer Gregg Filsinger of the Estes Park Police Department at 970-577-3868 or at 970-586-4000.

Westover to serve as Chair for State Restorative Justice Council Melissa Westover, Restorative Justice (RJ) manager and executive director of the Estes Valley Restorative Justice Partnership, has been selected to serve as the chair for Colorado’s State RJ Council for the remainder of 2017 and 2018. The council was formed by the Colorado State Legislature via HB 07-1129. Its purpose is to provide training, technical assistance and education related to Restorative Justice in the State of Colorado. In 2013 legislation was passed providing a funding stream through a $10.00 court surcharge that allowed for the funding of four RJ pilot programs throughout the state. These pilot programs were all juvenile based and done in cooperation with district attorneys in four different judicial districts. Given the success of these programs, funding has now been expanded beyond the pilots to other communities and other programs that include non-profits and school-based programs. The Estes Valley Restorative Justice Partnership is housed in the Estes Park Police Department and has been active for 15 years. It has grown from a part time grant funded director offering Community Group Conferencing to a department that has two full-time employees and over 40 volunteers that provide seven different restorative programs to the Estes Park community to include the Estes Park School District. Westover has been with the Estes Park Police Department and Restorative Justice for seven years and became the manager in 2013. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Education and a master’s degree in Counseling and is a licensed professional counselor. For more information, contact Melissa Westover at 970-577-3829 or mwestover@estes.org.

Estes Park Police Department seeks volunteer Auxiliary members The Estes Park Police Department is seeking volunteers for its Police Auxiliary Unit. Auxiliary members perform uniformed, unarmed patrols and assist with special events and other activities ranging from fingerprinting and vacation checks to providing specialized assistance with investigations. Interested individuals should complete a Town of Estes Park employment application, available at www.estes.org/jobs or at the Police Department window at Town Hall, 170 MacGregor Avenue. Applications should be turned in by 5 p.m. Oct. 13, 2017. The selected candidates will be required to attend a training class Nov. 10-11, 2017. Applicants must be at least 21 years of age, friendly and outgoing, and must enjoy working with people. Applicants should also be able to stand or walk for up to four hours, consent to a criminal and driving background check, have no felony convictions, no more than two moving traffic violations within the past 12 months, and no warrants or misdemeanor convictions in the last five years. A successful interview with the Police Department will also be required. Auxiliary members come from many diverse backgrounds and life experiences; police or military training is not required. The Auxiliary Unit, formed in 2001, is a 20-member volunteer team whose purpose is to enhance the individual and collective safety of the community by assisting the Estes Park Police Department. A few of the special projects carried out by the Auxiliary team are the Citizen’s Police Academy and the Blue Santa program. Members are required to donate a minimum of 96 hours per year and attend a variety of trainings. For more information, interested individuals should contact Captain Corey Pass at 970-577-3828 or cpass@estes.org.

Estes Park Police Department seeks volunteer Auxiliary members The Estes Park Police Department is seeking volunteers for its Police Auxiliary Unit. Auxiliary members perform uniformed, unarmed patrols and assist with special events and other activities ranging from fingerprinting and vacation checks to providing specialized assistance with investigations. Interested individuals should complete a Town of Estes Park employment application, available at www.estes.org/jobs or at the Police Department window at Town Hall, 170 MacGregor Avenue. Applications should be turned in by 5 p.m. Oct. 13, 2017. The selected candidates will be required to attend a training class Nov. 10-11, 2017. Applicants must be at least 21 years of age, friendly and outgoing, and must enjoy working with people. Applicants should also be able to stand or walk for up to four hours, consent to a criminal and driving background check, have no felony convictions, no more than two moving traffic violations within the past 12 months, and no warrants or misdemeanor convictions in the last five years. A successful interview with the Police Department will also be required. Auxiliary members come from many diverse backgrounds and life experiences; police or military training is not required. The Auxiliary Unit, formed in 2001, is a 20-member volunteer team whose purpose is to enhance the individual and collective safety of the community by assisting the Estes Park Police Department. A few of the special projects carried out by the Auxiliary team are the Citizen’s Police Academy and the Blue Santa program. Members are required to donate a minimum of 96 hours per year and attend a variety of trainings. For more information, interested individuals should contact Captain Corey Pass at 970-577-3828 or cpass@estes.org.

Officer Edwards was dispatched to the parking lot on a disturbance and he only found a bunch of bull.

Elk viewing is best from a safe distance Each September and October, thousands of visitors are drawn to Estes Park to watch herds of elk gather in the valley for their mating season, or “rut.” With this popular activity comes the responsibility for everyone to be safe and respect these majestic animals. During the rut, the male “bull” elk are irritable, aggressive and extremely dangerous to onlookers who get too close. Estes Park Police Chief Wes Kufeld commented, “The elk in town may seem tame, but they are still wild and unpredictable. Safety should be first on the minds of elkviewers, so they can have a great experience.” “Every day our Estes Park Emergency Communications Center receives numerous calls for police officers or police auxiliary to respond to elk issues around Town, and the vast majority of issues are caused by people,” commented Chief Kufeld. He explained that the most common reports to dispatch are people getting too close to the elk and “elk jams,” caused when drivers park their vehicles in the way of traffic in order to watch the elk. The Police Department provides the following tips to visitors for safe elk viewing: • Elk are wild animals which must be observed from a safe distance to avoid injury or death. If an animal is carefully watching you and appears “jumpy” when you move, you are too close. • Keep pets secured on a leash and do not allow them to bark at, lunge at, or chase wildlife. • Never block traffic. Move your vehicle to a safe place completely off the roadway to watch elk. • Do not imitate an elk call, or bugle, when elk are irritable during the rut. This can endanger you and the elk. • Elk know no boundaries, but people do. Respect private property when viewing wildlife. The same tips should be considered each spring when calving season takes place. During this time, female elk, or cows, become irritable and highly protective of their young calves. Though they may look harmless, like the bull elk during the rut, cows are extremely dangerous during calving season. The Estes Park Police Department and the Police Auxiliary periodically assist with wildlife education and may provide “safe viewing” tip cards when they are on the scene of a wildlife viewing opportunity. The Estes Park Police Department does enforce wildlife laws including laws against feeding or harassing wildlife, or allowing one’s pet to harass wildlife.

Estes Park residents arrested for financial crimes The afternoon of Sept. 6, Estes Park police officers arrested Estes Park residents Richard Eisenlauer, age 88, and his wife Dorla Eisenlauer, age 86. Each are charged with Theft Against an At Risk Elder (Felony 3), Filing a False Tax Return (Felony 5) and Failure to Pay Tax* (Misdemeanor). The arrests follow a lengthy investigation performed by the Estes Park Police Department in conjunction with the Colorado Department of Revenue*. The charges are merely an accusation and the defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. Both suspects were transferred to the Larimer County Jail on Sept. 6 and are held on $10,000 bond. The District Attorney for the Eighth Judicial District of Colorado has assumed responsibility for the case. No further information will be released by the Estes Park Police Department. (*corrected)

Get those ice scrapers out of the trunk, garages and various other places we put them for the summer. It's that time of year, make sure your windshields are clear and you have complete visibility before embarking on your adventure or just plain going to work or school.

Thank you everyone for all the information and leads you have sent us so far, please keep them coming!! We appreciate your continued assistance as we very much want to hold this person accountable for their actions. Respectfully Wes Kufeld, Chief of Police

Colorado Parks and Wildlife and Estes Park Police are investigating the poaching of two black bears in the area of Aspen Avenue, Ponderosa Drive and Morgan Street in Estes Park. One bear was found dead Aug. 23 and the other was found Aug. 24. A reward is offered for information leading to the apprehension of the responsible parties through Operation Game Thief at 1-877-265-6648 and Larimer County Crimestoppers. You may also call the local tip line at 970-577-3838 or provide information at a community meeting tonight (Aug. 24) at 6 p.m. at the Estes Park Museum, 200 Fourth Street.

Police Chief Kufeld reminds drivers to be aware of school zones and crosswalks Estes Park public schools are back in session this week, which means more pedestrians and cyclists along Estes Park roadways. Police Chief Wes Kufeld reminds drivers to obey speed limits and school zones and pay special attention to pedestrians at crosswalks. Chief Kufeld commented, “We all need to share the road and take responsibility for the safety of pedestrians and bicyclists in our community.” He continued, “While our police officers are actively enforcing the reduced speed limits, we rely on drivers to be fully aware of their surroundings. Preventing a tragedy is our top priority.” School zones are clearly marked with signs indicating speed limits. While some signs advise drivers of a reduced speed limit when children are present, other signs flash a yellow light to advise drivers of reduced speed limits. Exact times vary, but signs generally flash on school days between 7:30 a.m. and 8:15 a.m. and from 3 p.m. until 3:45 p.m. Side street lights near the school flash up to 10 minutes longer. During these times, the speed limit in the school zone along Highway 7 is reduced to 25 miles per hour while side street speed limits are reduced to 20 miles per hour. Fines for speeding in a school zone are doubled. Even when school is out of session, drivers must watch for pedestrians at crosswalks, which are marked with lines on the roadway and bright yellow signage. Vehicles are required by law to stop for pedestrians at marked crosswalks. Fines are doubled for disregarding a school zone crosswalk. Chief Kufeld commented, “People tend to forget about the numerous crosswalks on Highway 7.” Along Highway 7, crosswalks are positioned just south of U.S. 36 and at the intersections of First Street, Manford Avenue, Graves Avenue, Morgan Street, Lexington Lane and Pine Knoll Drive. Kufeld continued, “Please be cautious and keep a watchful eye out for pedestrians crossing streets, at driveways and at intersections.”

This beautiful bear is watching all our visitors from a distance this morning!

Last night at the Colorado Rockies game - Estes Park Police Honor Guard. Go Rockies!

Estes Park Police Department recognized for continued excellence The Estes Park Police Department has once again been recognized for excellence by the Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP). The department received reaccreditation for professional standards from the CACP on July 26, 2017. Of 232 law enforcement agencies in Colorado, only 55 are accredited through this rigorous process. The Estes Park Police Department was first accredited in 2005, and was reaccreditated most recently in 2012. The CACP process holds departments accountable to the professional standards of the committee. To receive accreditation, a department's policies must be in line with 260 standards, some are mandatory and some are optional. Al Sharon, Commander of the Support Services Division for the Brighton Police Department, was the lead inspector for the Estes Park Police Department’s re-accreditation. He was assisted by Jared Crone, Commander with the Fort Morgan Police Department and Chief Greg Tuliszewski of the Hayden Police Department. Sharon noted that the Estes Park Police Department met all of the mandatory standards as well as some optional standards. He commented, "Chief Kufeld runs an exemplary Police Department that serves their community with distinction." For more information, please contact the Estes Park Police Department at 970-586-4000 or visit www.estes.org/pd.

#TBM (Throw Back Monday) Just wanted to let everyone know to watch for our own Estes Park Police Department Color Guard at the Rockies game tomorrow night. Our department will present the colors for the 6:40pm game against the Braves. Way to go Estes!

Estes Park welcomes Emergency Services Explorer Post 911: First in the nation where youth can explore career paths in Police, Fire and EMS Estes Park is delighted to be the home of a groundbreaking new program—the first in the United States— to give young men and women ages 16 to 20 an opportunity to learn the range of career opportunities in three emergency services—police, fire and EMS. The Estes Park Police Department, Estes Valley Fire Protection District and Estes Park Medical Center EMS Ambulance Services have joined to offer Explorer Post 911, with twice monthly classroom instruction from career professionals plus hands-on training including ride-alongs with first responders. Explorers will also receive guidance to help them determine which career alternative may be best for them before they invest in further education and training. The program is a partnership with the Boy Scouts of America Explorer Scout Program and the Estes Park High School Career Pathways program. Explorer Post 911 is spearheaded by Police Chief Wes Kufeld. An Explorer graduate himself, Police Chief Wes Kufeld commented, “We’re excited to offer local students hands-on experience in emergency services so we can ultimately recruit talented, dedicated young men and women into these critical public service careers.” Kufeld shared, “Participating in the Explorer program as a youth in Fort Collins made a lifelong impression on me. I had an amazing time and, in the process, I learned that law enforcement was the right career for me. Afterward I became a Community Services Officer in Estes Park, worked on my education and training, and ultimately became Chief of the Estes Park Police Department.” Also supporting the Explorer Post 911 program are Fire Chief and Eagle Scout David Wolf, Estes Park Medical Center EMS Ambulance Director Guy Beesley, High School counselor Hannah Heckerson and Boy Scout volunteer and Eagle Scout Bill Marshall. The Post 911 Advisors who lead the program are Catherine Cornell (EMS Ambulance), Curt Plassmeyer (Police) and Brian Faith (Fire). Explorer Post 911 is recruiting students beginning with an informational booth at high school registration day Aug. 9 and with an official registration session at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 6 at the Dannels Fire Station (901 N. Saint Vrain Ave.). The initial Explorer Post 911 program will take place through the 2017-2018 school year. For more information, visit the booth at High School Registration Day, or contact Bill Marshall at wmmarshall@aol.com. Explorer Post 911 program information will be posted at www.estes.org/post911 as it becomes available.

This big guy was out and about today.