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

That's a lot of blood! As bad as it hurts to admit it, Aspen Fire beat us. Oh, wow, that really does hurt. OK, not really. In spite of how much grief we give each other, it's like two brothers. We'll give each other a hard time, but nobody else better give our brothers a hard time or they have to deal with both of us. We are super proud to have, between us, donated 47 pints of blood (actually using up all of the donation bags that the bloodmobile brought)!! Great job Aspen Fire! We'll get you next time. The Aspen Police Department - Protecting the Wild West since 1880.

IT'S ON! Today marks the "Battle of the Badges." Maybe better described as battle of the bleeding badges. You see, we have a challenge out there, Aspen PD vs Aspen Fire Department, in a blood donation challenge. But it's not all about us. You can go to AVH and donate on our behalf after 9:30 today, (Tuesday morning); just tell them you're donating for the Aspen Police Department. In addition to our good will, you will also receive more benefits: If you are a male of 35 or over and donate at least four times a year, your risk of heart disease is reduced by 86%! Donating blood burns 680 calories. Donating blood reduces iron in males and increases energy levels. Donating blood helps regulate healthier iron levels in females. And, you can help us WIN!!! The Aspen Police Department - Protecting the Wild West since 1880.

As we work on investigating a burglary at Highlands this weekend, we've found these photos of possible witnesses. If you recognize these folks, or if one of them is you, please give us a ring, 970-920-5400. It's possible that you may have seen something that will help us with this case. Even if you don't think you saw anything, please call so we can cross it off of our list. Thanks for the help. The Aspen Police Department - Protecting the Wild West since 1880.

I hate it when things walk off. You know, your car keys just walked off without you. Or your wallet. Your mind. Maybe your safe. Wait. Safes do not just walk off. Except this weekend, apparently. We're looking for some help finding three small safes that may have "walked off" after the Highlands closing party Sunday. And the person who was taking them for a walk. So, if you were wandering around Aspen Highlands between 11 pm and about 4 am Monday morning, and saw somebody carrying some metal boxes, please give us a call. Anything suspicious that you saw might be of assistance. Also, if you lost your phone at the party, hopefully you pinged your phone using a find my phone app. This is because some lost and found phones were turned in and ended up in the safe, which then disappeared in the safe. Anyhow, if you have any ideas for us, please give us a call at 920-5400. The Aspen Police Department - Protecting the Wild West since 1880.

From our friends in the Pitkin County Emergency Management office.

A big shout out to Kathy Tolle who is working her last day today after serving the Aspen Police Department for 31 years. If you’re in the area, swing by and bid her farewell! Also, thank you to all who joined us last night to celebrate her retirement.

Please join us on Thursday to celebrate Kathy Tolle's liberation celebration!

This is our computer simulation of west end traffic during Castle Creek Bridge construction next week, though we confess we might have outsourced some of the programming of this video to a low-bid contractor. Kidding aside, we DO anticipate some traffic impacts, but rest assured that we have a plan in place, along with other emergency responders (Aspen Fire, Aspen Ambulance). What we're saying is that yes, traffic is going to be a mess, but we believe we are prepared for these impacts. As well as we can be, anyhow. If you have questions or concerns, please see the construction web page: http://castlecreekbridge.com/ or call/text the dedicated project phone line, 970-618-5379. The Aspen Police Department - Protecting the Wild West since 1880.

Notice any questionable behavior? Yeah...so did we. The track record of our Facebook followers is starting to put some healthy pressure on our officers, but we're humbly seeking your help in identifying this suspect who stole about $1,000 worth of jewelry from a local boutique. She was seen at numerous stores around town on Feb. 25th & 26th. Also...did we mention we're hiring? If you'd like to put your sleuth skills to work on a regular basis we'd love to have you join our team. Message us for details.

It's called karma, and it's pronounced ha-ha-ha-ha. The world doesn't always right itself, but when it does, we can't help but crack a smile. So, the young man in the pictures has crossed our radar after he appears to have helped himself to other people's belongings in the gondola plaza locker room. But the best part of the story is that after he did this, he walked away briefly, leaving his backpack unattended. Somebody else walked by and rifled through his stuff. What goes around comes around. If you recognize him, please use the opportunity to have a good laugh, then give us a call, 970-920-5400, so we can see if he learned his lesson. The Aspen Police Department - Protecting the Wild West Since 1880.

Say "hi" to Ginny. If you've ever called 911 in the Aspen area, you may have already spoken with her. One of the supervisors at our dispatch center, Ginny is here to try to help those in the midst of the worst day of their life. As a society we routinely take her, and all her coworkers for granted, but we wanted to take a moment to remind you that it's not always been as easy as 9-1-1. You see, this month marked the 50th anniversary of the 9-1-1 system. We wanted to share some details dug up by Linda Kimmel, a veteran dispatcher at the center: Pitkin County did not have basic, three-digit 9-1-1 service until 1980, but the first 9-1-1 call in the United States was placed in Alabama on February 16, 1968. The 50th anniversary of the 9-1-1 emergency telephone system was recognized on February 16, 2018. Pitkin County does stand out as the first county in the State of Colorado to implement "Text to 9-1-1" in 2013, a system that has proven to work well in mountainous country where a cell phone call might not go through. It took decades for the 9-1-1 telephone system to be fully implemented nationwide. In 1979, only 26% of the United States had 911 service. By the year 2000, 93% of the U.S. had service. Today, 80% of 9-1-1 calls are made from mobile phones. “Before 911 was implemented in Aspen and the Roaring Fork Valley an emergency call to us required dialing seven digits and it was a long-distance call with charges if you called 9-1-1 from Basalt or the Crystal River Valley,” said Snowmass Wildcat Fire Protection and Basalt Fire Chief, Scott Thompson. In 1983, during the third year of 9-1-1 in the Roaring Fork Valley just over 6,000 calls for service were handled. By 1987 that number grew to nearly 16,000 calls for service, nearly 40,000 in 1997, nearly 60,000 in 2007, and over 72,000 in 2017. Since the late 1980s the staffing level at the Emergency Dispatch Center in Aspen has stayed the same with usually no more than two dispatchers working during each shift. “It’s a very stressful job and turnover can be high,” said Emergency Communications Director, Brett Loeb. “It can also be an exciting and very rewarding career, especially when you are able to save a life or simply help someone in a crisis,” Loeb said. Over the years, emergency dispatchers in Aspen have walked callers through having babies, initiating CPR and using an Automated External Defibrillator, and offering support to a person who had fallen from a tree. That’s in addition to the many not so urgent calls inquiring about everything from whether raccoons are dangerous and what the current time is, to why traffic is moving so slowly. So, we at Aspen PD wanted to thank our friends at the Pitkin County Regional Dispatch Center for their faithful work, saving lives every day. The Aspen Police Department - Protecting the Wild West since 1880.

Ouch. OK, it hurts for a second, but we've heard that often good comes with a little pain. For example, if we worked out, we could experience the pain of a workout rewarded by physical gain. Thankfully, we've only heard about this. But it sounds like it's a good thing. Now take Lauren here. Officer Sumner had never even given blood before today. As tough as she is (OK, she works out) she even watched as the phlebotomist inserted the needle. Makes us woozy just thinking about it. It's hard enough spelling phlebotomist, much less thinking about that needle. Given the ink she already has, Lauren's apparently not afraid of needles. It's a good thing because every blood donation can help three people. One out of every seven people who walk into a hospital need blood! All in all, giving blood is just another way of serving the community. And you don't have to wear a badge to serve. April 17 you'll have another chance when the bloodmobile returns to Aspen. Put it on your calendar. If you're not afraid of a little pain. The Aspen Police Department - Protecting the Wild West since 1880.

If you wonder what a bad weather day is like here at the Aspen Police Department, we're happy to share. It was fun. Wait, maybe that's the wrong word. It was busy. By the time it was all done we had 22 motorist assists, mostly stuck vehicles and jump starts. We had another 19 vehicle crashes. Strangely, a little green lizard with an accent hung around our office all day rubbing his hands together. Cheeky little bugger. On top of that there were another random 63 calls for service around town, including ambulance calls, disturbances, lost and found items, and the like. And that was just the time-frame that day shift officers were working yesterday. Night shift had their own fun. Hopefully we'll have time today to get all the paperwork caught up! The Aspen Police Department - Protecting the Wild West since 1880.

DON'T DRIVE. Really, unless you absolutely have to. Because of extreme traffic conditions the Aspen Police Department has declared an emergency traffic incident. We are striving to keep roads flowing safely, however, we have vehicles stuck blocking traffic on Main Street, causing significant backups on very, very slippery streets. Please delay any non-essential driving until after current weather lifts and conditions improve. The Aspen Police Department - Protecting the Wild West since 1880.

Why don't grownups get snow days? Of course, teachers and some others do have snow days, but we can definitively report that we at APD do not get snow days off. So, given that we are stuck here working while you are hoping to enjoy fresh powder, can we ask a favor? You know, as the ones having to go to work? Snow days happen because weather has made travel difficult enough that the school decided it's not safe for your kids to go. So if it is not safe enough for professional bus drivers, maybe you should consider whether it is safe enough for you. At least, maybe you ought to slow it down a little. We can attest, after sliding through an intersection on studded tires. So instead of driving into town, perhaps you can call your boss and ask for a snow day. You'll get our vote. The Aspen Police Department - Protecting the Wild West since 1880.

Again. Rest In Peace Detective Micah Flick. El Paso County Sheriff’s Deputy, husband, father, son, community servant. We mourn your unjust death today. Again. The Aspen Police Department - Protecting the Wild West since 1880.

Our hearts are broken today as an Adams County deputy was killed overnight. Colorado State Patrol explains the situation well.

Our mothers spent their entire life telling us not to get into stranger's cars. Now, we summon complete strangers on an app, or wave them down on the street for a ride. But, when you're trying to get a ride, take care. We've had some complaints about unethical folks offering rides around town. One complaint involved some locals who hailed what they thought was a rideshare company's car. After accepting a ride from downtown to Highlands, the driver tried to charge them $80. Come on, we know it's Aspen, but $80? Anyhow, apparently they weren't picked up by a reputable company, but rather somebody posing as one. So, our suggestion is to only accept rides from quasi-official sources, like High Mountain Taxi. Also popular are Lyft, or Uber, hailed through a rideshare app, which should be professionally marked. Or, you can take RFTA, and there will be no issues. Any of these should be safer than some shady, fly-by-night driver demanding cash. Lastly, if somebody tries to extort you after a ride, tell the driver you're calling 911 (and actually call). We will come on over and see if we can help out. The Aspen Police Department - Protecting the Wild West since 1880.

Come on, do we have to tell you to not eat laundry detergent?

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Aspen Police Officers Dan Davis, Lauren Sumner and John Woltjer were part of Friday's mourning for Douglas County Deputy Zach Parrish, who was killed last week by the mentally ill man whom Parrish was trying to help. In 2017 one hundred twenty five officers died in the line of duty across our country. Of these, 45 were killed by gunfire, 44 were automobile-related deaths, 13 heart attacks, five drownings, five assaults, and three died of 9/11-related illnesses. The average age of these officers was 42 years, and the average tour of duty was 13 years. They were 116 males and nine females. Parrish was just 29 when he died on Dec. 31, 2017, shot as he pleaded with a man, simply telling the man about to become his killer "Let me help you." While we mourn Parrish's death, we ask you to consider the cost to our country as we lay him to rest, and 124 other officers who died in the service of their communities. Each was an individual with dreams, hopes, aspirations, and a skillset that will never be replicated, now gone. Lastly, we do not write this so you will thank us. And certainly do not feel sorry for us. Like Deputy Parrish, we truly love our profession. But consider the price paid by those like Deputy Parrish when you hear a story on the news about "the police." For Zach, his family, his coworkers and friends, it was a high price indeed. The Aspen Police Department - Protecting the Wild West since 1880.

It is with heavy hearts that we share with you that our beloved coworker Dorian Emery passed away January 3rd after a brave battle against cancer. Dorian joined us in 2006. She was the friendly face of our front office since then and for her service was named Officer of the Year in 2015. We miss her badly. Her family is hosting a memorial service on Sunday, Jan. 14 from 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm at the Aspen Chapel.

We will miss our dear friend Dorian.

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, a movie about con artists talking people out of their money, made it seem funny. But when you’re the one out your hard-earned dollars, it’s not so funny. So, when we heard that a so-called “Lieutenant Daniels of the Aspen Police Department” was telephoning people around Aspen trying to scam them out of money, we weren’t laughing. First, we don’t have any lieutenants. We don’t have any “Daniels”. And we would never, ever, ever call you demanding money. Just to be clear, this is a thief, plain and simple. If you receive a telephone call from anyone purporting to be from any police department or government agency that demands money, please just hang up and call us. We promise you that no government does business this way. Not even in Oklahoma, Oklahoma, Oklahoma. Never, under any circumstances, send money to anyone without talking with us, or another trusted counselor. The con artists are skilled at manipulating people, but we’ve seen it all, and will try our best to give you good advice. The Aspen Police Department – Protecting the Wild West since 1880.

We finally made the big time. Through no fault (or success) of our own, we have finally made it. You know, Andy Warhol and all, we're living in our 15 minutes of fame. At least with the 7-year-old boy crowd. You see, we now have a "hot wheels" type Aspen PD car. Some enterprising company, called "Greenlight," decided to issue a set of 1/64 model cars in an "Aspen Ski Lodge" set, including their version of our Ford Utility patrol cars. It also features what looks like about a 1970 Ford 4x4 truck, a classic Mustang, and a modern Jeep Wrangler. Sweet rides all, though any Aspen set that doesn't include a black Chevy Tahoe and a pick-your-color Land Rover is missing the mark. But that's a minor complaint. Nobody from Greenlight ever spoke with us about it, so we were very surprised to learn about this on Wednesday, when a collector called from California inquiring about the accuracy of the likeness. But, we confess, we like it. It won't be long til our order arrives and we'll spend the afternoon driving around the table in the middle of the patrol room making "vroom vroom" noises. The Aspen Police Department - Protecting the Wild West since 1880.