Aspen Police Department

  • Agency: Aspen Police Department
  • Address: 506 E Main St #102, Suite 102, Aspen, 81611 CO
  • Chief: Richard Pryor (Chief of Police)
Phone: 970-920-5400
Fax: (970) 920-5409

Aspen Police Department is located at 506 E Main St #102, Suite 102, Aspen, 81611 CO. The Chief of Police of the department is Richard Pryor. The Aspen Police Department phone number is 970-920-5400.

Aspen Police Department News

Do you remember that yearbook photo? The one that you will never show anyone? It's not that there was anything wrong with it. At least, not by 1980s standards. Shoot, we didn't even call it a mullet, not at first. It was just, you know, a haircut. Ah, but we're living those days again, here at Aspen PD. In glorious splendor, a couple of the guys have decided that "Movember" wasn't going to be good enough. It's now more like 80'svember. Or, maybe 60'svember. It's kinda hard to tell. Have a look at Mark, John and Andy and perhaps you can help us determine the decade in question. Well, just remember, haircuts come and go. But maybe sometimes you don't want them caught in a photograph. Even when they might just be a wig. The Aspen Police Department - Protecting the Wild West since 1880.

May we introduce you to three-year-old Jax? Jax and her mom met some officers from the Aspen Police Department on Halloween, when, as you can see, Jax was representing the cutest clown contingent ever. According to Jax's grandma, they had an accident in town, and the Halloween festivities were at risk of being cancelled by the crash. Jax's grandma "Glam'ma Bebe" shared the rest of the story: "I just want to thank the awesome Aspen Police who responded so quickly and were so kind!! Later that day, little Jax was elated to get this sticker at the Fire Station Boo Bash... she wore it all night & I just wanted to you to know how much we do ❤️Aspen Cops!!" We really love our jobs, and our community. Thanks for your support Jax! The Aspen Police Department - Protecting the Wild West since 1880.

UPDATE -- Thanks to your help -- CASE CLOSED. Like many of our cases, your help brought this case to a successful conclusion! Has your car ever been "keyed?" You know, when somebody intentionally drags a sharp object, like a key, down the paint job of your car to show what they think of you? Somebody we know once thought it would be funny to put a "I hate cats" bumper sticker on their car. Surprisingly, cat people didn't find any humor in this, and his car got keyed. Multiple times. Or maybe it was just clawed. The evidence was inconclusive, except that it was clearly determined that cat people are, well, different. But this week somebody's car got keyed for no obvious reason. No, not even for a bumper sticker. We would like your help in identifying the guy in the attached photos. If you recognize him, would you mind messaging it to us? Or you can also call in, 970-920-5400. Thank you. We don't suspect this was the cat people this time. The Aspen Police Department - Protecting the Wild West since 1880.

And once again, 911 service (and we believe, all telephone services) have been restored. Please feel free to call 911 again. Just, we beg of you, not to ask what the conditions are up on the pass. Your 911 dispatchers thank you. The Aspen Police Department - Protecting the Wild West since 1880.

Hello? Hello? Is there anyone there? Joking aside, phone services are definitely a mess in the Roaring Fork Valley. A CenturyLink fiber optic line was cut in Carbondale, resulting in outages of internet, some cellular services & some land phone lines. Included in this are land lines at Aspen Valley Hospital, which are currently down. Some citizens in Pitkin County may not have services to call 911. FOR EMERGENCIES: *If you HAVE cell service - dial 911. *If you HAVE dial tone on your land line phone: dial 911. *If you have NO cell service nor dial tone on your land line: Go to your local fire station to report your emergency. FOR NON-EMERGENCIES: *Dial the non-emergent phone number at (970) 920-5310 You also are welcome to come to the Police Department Offices, located in the basement of the Pitkin County Courthouse, 506 East Main Street in Aspen. If doors are locked after hours, there is a local intercom telephone on the door located on the Galena Street lower entrance. We will come meet you there. Thanks for your patience. Technology, ain't it great? The Aspen Police Department - Protecting the Wild West since 1880.

Will you forgive us if we brag a little? It's not like we're bragging about who has the fastest car, or biggest checkbook, but who is the nicest. Hopefully that is a little more tasteful. Here at the police department we do have repeat customers. You know, the guys (generally) that you read about week after week in the police blotter of the local newspapers. These folks tend to be in a tough place in life, struggling with addictions, money, life, or the various demons that can cast us out of normal "polite" society. One such person has been in and out of custody of the police recently, and was having a rough go of it. He ended up in jail, which wasn't uncommon, but this particular day happened to be his birthday. Somehow, APD Officers Jeremy Johnson and Ian MacAyeal, as well as Sgt. Rick Magnuson (not pictured), learned that this person was going to be spending his birthday in jail. Taking it upon themselves, they purchased a cake, and delivered it to him in the jail, and helped him celebrate the occasion, as best as they could. Jail Deputy Shane Gaumer wrote "This was an unbelievably nice gesture tied to genuine concern for XXX's well being." And, it was done in private. Nobody else in the department would have even known this had happened, if it wasn't for Deputy Gaumer's email to us. Asst. Chief Linda Consuegra gave the three commendations for their efforts. We thought you'd appreciate the fact that people of this caliber work for your local police department. We are proud of them. So we brag a little. Wouldn't you? The Aspen Police Department - Protecting the Wild West since 1880.

It snowed! Hurrah... we think. Having it snow in October isn't really a surprise. Snowing on your motorcycles may be a little less expected. Snowing tree branches? Even more so! Because of all of the heavy snow overnight falling on still-leaved trees, we had a LOT of downed trees and limbs around town. City staff are working on clearing the roads and getting the debris out of the way. But even if they get the limbs out of the way, you may not want to go motorcycling until it warms back up. The Aspen Police Department - Protecting the Wild West since 1880.

Not that the bears haven't been keeping us busy enough, but overnight on September 28 one of our officers spied a mountain lion in Aspen's west end. Not that it was as scary as the ones in the photo. Anyhow, he described a large, adult mountain lion that crossed Highway 82/Hallam Street at 8th Street during the early morning hours. We thought you would want to know. The Aspen Police Department - Protecting the Wild West since 1880.

Our attention span is slipping, according to scientists who have the attention span to study such things. Apparently most of us can focus on a single item for less than a minute. So, at this point, we have to say goodbye to all those who have already given up. Ah, but Walter Chi, he can focus. Today marks the anniversary of his 25th year as a police officer for the Aspen Police Department. So if you see him, please wish him a happy anniversary of a quarter century of protecting the people of Aspen. Thanks Walter! The Aspen Police Department - Protecting the Wild West since 1880.

A huge thanks to Aspen 82 for helping us spread the word about respecting the Aspen Bears!!

The question must be asked. If you just ate a big dinner in town and were out for a leisurely tree climb only to find a group of bears suddenly surrounding the tree below you, would YOU want to climb down?? Didn’t think so. Neither did the mom and two cubs who were hanging out for a second day in a tree on the Hyman Ave. Mall. These bears went through quite an ordeal last night...get the details here ...and we’re not quite sure why they decided to go up the same tree today, most comfy branches in town perhaps? But we do know one thing, we could do a better job as a community to set these bears up for success. Continued crowds and pressure on the bears forced us to take the next step. Working closely with Colorado Parks & Wildlife, the Aspen Volunteer Fire Department, and the Aspen Parks Department we were able to safely remove all three bears from the tree and start the relocation process. We would like to extend a thank you to all of the citizens and business owners who showed their patience and support throughout the day. Although no bears or humans were injured during this ordeal, in a perfect world it would never get to the point where bears need to be tranquilized due to the actions of humans. The unfortunate fact is that the survival of these bears is unlikely now that they have become habituated to humans. Join the #AspenBearsSelfieStrike to show your support for our bears and to encourage others to do the same.

Lately, the Aspen Bears have felt like Mariah Carey in Aspen on New Year’s Eve. The paparazzi have been following their every move around town, trying to get close and snap selfies. So, the Aspen Bears have decided to go on a selfie strike. As their managing agents, we would request that if you bump into one of our furry celebrities, you politely take a peek and keep on moving. Posting photos of the Aspen Bears to your social media account only draws larger crowds, which can agitate bears and create a dangerous situation. Yes, bears are cute from a distance, but remember they are wild animals. Consider how you would react if you walked up on a bear while hiking the Hunter Creek trail? The same degree of caution should be used when you encounter a bear in town. Just because there is caution tape up and an officer in the area, this in no way guarantees your safety. It is easy to blame these situations on tourists, but locals are also involved in unsafe behaviors. Share this post to show your support of the #AspenBearsSelfieStrike

For some of us, it's a sad time of year. Maybe more melancholy than sad, but lonely, when that little tot heads off to their first day of school. They look soulfully at you as they board the bus, not sure whether to trust leaving mommy and daddy behind as they face their future. Our hearts break, knowing that our little ones are growing up. But then for the rest of us, we just thank goodness school is finally back in session! It seemed like that summer was never going to end! So, now that our kiddos have headed back to school, we're reminding everyone to stop for buses with flashing lights as they discharge their passengers. We know you might just be in a hurry, but when it comes to school buses, and our kids, you're willing to wait. Let's all work together to keep our kids safe. The Aspen Police Department - Protecting the Wild West since 1880.

When you have had a couple of drinks, and are trying to figure out how to get home, what do you do? Steal a bike? Uber? Tipsy Taxi? RFTA? Not this guy. As you'll see in the video, he tries bikes across the bike rack until he finds one that isn't locked. He then falls down trying to ride it, which we've gotta say is kinda awesome. Be sure to watch to the end of the video. We only wish we could show you the portion of the video that features him taking several 2 am selfies, but we needed to make the video short enough to work on this platform. But trust us, it was pretty funny. Oh, and have we ever mentioned that yes, you can get a DUI on a bike? Anyhow, the bike didn't belong to him. A poor music student is on the hook for this bike, which she rented for the summer. Please look at this to see if you can help us identify this guy, and get the bike back to one of our music students. Message us if you think you know who it is. The video and photos come from the incident on July 27, at just before 2 am at Rubey Park. The Aspen Police Department - Protecting the Wild West since 1880.

Aspen Magazine features two of our officers (and a sheriff's deputy too)!

In the city, you'd never question the need to lock your house and your car. Especially if 74 of your neighbors had been broken in to. Of course, you'd say, only a fool would leave their house and car unlocked in downtown Denver. Some scoundrel would break in and steal stuff! But we have our own scoundrels. OK, mostly they aren't the two-legged sort, but if you really value that Hagen Daaz in the freezer, you had better learn to lock your doors, lock your windows, and lock your car. In the past month there were 74 times -- yes, that's more than twice a day -- that bears either tried to break into a house, or successfully broke into a house in Pitkin County. And those are just the times that somebody calls the police and reports it -- often only reporting it on the third or fourth attempt by a bear! Many of these incidents involve situations in which people were actually at home at the time of the incident. If you don't want that middle-of-the-night loud noise downstairs, you must lock the doors and windows, particularly on ground-floor positions. This is now turning into what we euphemistically call an "active bear year." Again, just in July we had 255 bear-related calls for service in all of Pitkin County. That's a lot. So, we really want to protect you. And we want to keep the bears out in the wild, where they belong. So please, lock your cars, lock your windows, lock your doors. The good-night's sleep you protect may be your own. The Aspen Police Department - Protecting the Wild West since 1880.

"Wow, traffic hasn't been too bad..." Just today, while visiting the nice ladies at the Thrift Shop, we heard that comment. But ... Yes, kudos to you for not driving so much during the past two days, when CDOT has been paving on Main Street. But... (isn't there always a but?) Tomorrow is crunch time. As you may have already seen, tomorrow's work will involve detouring traffic off of Highway 82 and down Power Plant Road (under the Castle Creek Bridge). Specifically they say they are going to "Pave from Cemetery Lane to Castle Creek Bridge, then Castle Creek Bridge to the island at Seventh Street." Though traffic hasn't been as painful as we feared, tomorrow will be the real test. Please don't drive if you can avoid it. RFTA is your friend. And ours. The Aspen Police Department - Protecting the Wild West since 1880.

Living in the mountains, we have to be accustomed to living in the territory of other native species ... bears, raccoons, moose, and traffic cones. This week we will enter the mating season of traffic cones, so we have to put up with the impacts that cones have on our little town. As you certainly know, these little buggers breed like rabbits, and we anticipate having them all over town. If you look at the ones in the below photo, you can see them creeping closer and closer together. Pretty soon there will be little cones all over the place. Based on the latest projections, we expect impacts to be the worst during daytime hours on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday this week. Tuesday – Milling existing asphalt for inbound lanes (S-curves to Hickory House, 1st Street to Main Street Bakery). This will be a rolling closure of the inbound lane along the curb and gutter. There may be some outbound work, but that decision will be made during paving. No detours are needed, however we can expect delays. Just to keep things fun, when the machine first sets up at s-curve there will be a 5-10 minute stop to get in the correct position, traffic will resume after that. Wednesday– Paving the areas mentioned above, with rolling closures and traffic impacts. Thursday– Pave from Cemetery Lane to Castle Creek Bridge then Castle Creek Bridge to the island at Seventh Street. This work will require a detour down 7th Street to Smuggler for outbound traffic. Commercial vehicles and buses will stay on Highway 82 and alternate with inbound traffic. They typically start around 8:30 AM and end at 5:30 PM. A message board will be placed between the roundabout and Castle Creek Bridge the week before to notify motorists. So what we're trying to say is that traffic is going to suck. There, we said it. Don't call 9-1-1, it's not their fault. Blame the cones. The Aspen Police Department - Protecting the Wild West since 1880.

Whew, this is a throwback, welcome to 1995. Since we're thinking of the past, tomorrow, Friday July 21, a group of former APD folks are gathering here at the office to reconnect with old friends. Though this is not an actual Aspen PD-organized event, we don't want anyone to feel left out. So, if you're interested, feel free to stop by our offices in the Pitkin County Courthouse tomorrow at 4 pm. By the way, six people in this photograph still work as Aspen PD. Though some of us have way less hair. The Aspen Police Department - Protecting the Wild West since 1880.

Grrr. We really don't like thieves.

This is Roderick. Roderick knows how to stop at stop signs. He wishes that everyone knew how to stop at stop signs. He has asked us to share the other image below. It's a red octagonal sign that you might recognize. What it does NOT mean is "slow down." It does not mean that if nothing else is coming, you can just go. In fact, that is actually what another sign means; yield. That is a different sign. What it DOES mean is "stop." Really stop, as in "no longer moving." It helps keep everyone else in the area safe, like other motorists, pedestrians, and neighborhood pets. Roderick said he has met a lot of locals who don't seem to know what to do when approaching an intersection with this sign posted. So in keeping with our community-mindedness, Roderick has offered to provide one-on-one lessons to any driver who doesn't understand the stop sign. He'll be posted at various intersections around town, in case you need a lesson. Don't worry, he'll let you know if you need one. Watch for the flashing lights. The Aspen Police Department - Protecting the Wild West since 1880.

Oh, come on. Really? Look, we know parking is hard this time of year, but so is getting by you when you are double-parked. You may be surprised to know, the presence of your four-way-flashers does not mean that you are invisible. You can still get a ticket. Please, respect the other drivers around and just find a parking spot. Or even better, leave your car at home and ride your bike, ride the bus, or wouldn't a walk be nice? Thank you. Really. The Aspen Police Department - Protecting the Wild West since 1880.

Well, Andy has done it again. Landing on the front page of the Aspen Times, he's made us very proud. But he's part of a network of providers whose aim is to help those who can no longer help themselves. He wanted to point out some of the resources available to assist the homeless, mentally ill, and those who are addicted in our area. Some of the major players include: Hope Center Mindsprings Aspen Family Connections Pitkin County Health and Human Services A Way Out Aspen Day Center Recovery Resources Feed My Sheep Catholic Charities ... and even others. But, even though Andy is awesome, he can't do it without the help of these and other agencies who work at least as hard as he does. The Aspen Police Department - Protecting the Wild West since 1880.

Congratulations to our own Michele McClinton, who ate this entire cookie in celebration of her 15th anniversary with the police department! We hope she recovers soon. OK, maybe she shared a tiny sliver with a couple people. Really tiny slivers. The Aspen Police Department - Protecting the Wild West since 1880.

We love the fact that Aspen is a place where the world comes to visit. Here's a group that came all the way from Chicago to experience Aspen. Their group promotes African Americans connecting with police officers, so they came by the little-old Aspen PD offices to exchange patches and meet us. Though you can all-too-easily see anger, fear, and mistrust on the news daily, there are little spots of sunshine that beam on us every day in our little town. We are grateful. Thanks for coming to visit! The Aspen Police Department - Protecting the Wild West since 1880.