Durango Police Department

  • Agency: Durango Police Department
  • Address: 990 E. 2nd Ave, Durango, 81301 CO
  • Chief: Al Bell (Chief of Police)
Phone: (970) 375-4700
Fax: (970) 375-4718

Durango Police Department is located at 990 E. 2nd Ave, Durango, 81301 CO. The Chief of Police of the department is Al Bell. The Durango Police Department phone number is (970) 375-4700.

Durango Police Department News

Law Enforcement Records Personnel Week Please join us in recognizing the Durango Police Department's Records Technicians for their crucial role in the criminal justice system. Governor John Hickenlooper declared November 5, 2018 through November 9, 2018 the first ever Law Enforcement Records Personnel Week to honor the vital service this dedicated group of individuals provide. Our Records Technicians assist law enforcement by helping with identifying suspects, relaying vital information from other criminal justice agencies, as well as processing and maintaining our agency’s criminal justice records. If you get the chance, please stop by this week and thank our records personnel for their continued hard work and service to our community. Thank you, Milo and Julie!!!! Records Technicians (pictured left to right): Milo Witte, Julie Harris

***UPDATE***WE HAVE A WINNER. THE CORRECT YEAR IS 2009*** WAYBACK WEDNESDAY: GUESS THE YEAR (Instead of Throwback Thursday this week) The first person to guess the correct year that this photo was taken of School Resource Officer Martinez wins a Durango Police water bottle + swag! You must be able to pick up the prize at the Durango Police Department. One guess per person, please. And if you’ve already won, let’s give some others a chance to win. Good luck!

Traffic Tip Tuesday: Obstructed Windows During the winter months, ice, frost and snow may form on your windshield overnight. Take the time to remove ALL of the ice, frost and snow from all of your windows. Do not scrape just a small area; clean the entire windshield and windows so you can see all areas of the roadway. Colorado Revised Statute 42-4-227 (1)

Between 8:00 p.m. on 10/29/2018 and 7:15 a.m. on 10/30/2018, someone forcefully entered the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Museum, at 151 E. 16th Street (near the fish hatchery) and stole 13 animal pelts—including a full elk (to include legs), an Alaskan grey wolf, mountain lion, coyote, badger, raccoon, bobcat, lynx, red fox, Rocky Mountain big horn sheep and a Rocky Mountain goat. If anyone has any information concerning this crime, please call Dispatch at 970-385-2900 or CrimeStoppers at 970-247-1112. Please share. Thank you.

WANTED...Featured Fugitives as of November 5, 2018. If you have any information on these fugitives, please call the Durango-La Plata Emergency Communications Center at (970) 385-2900.

Please join us in welcoming our newest Durango Police Officers, Larry Marcy and Cole Murch! Officer Marcy spent 27 years in the U.S. Army. After his military service, he spent 3 years as a Police Officer with Durant Police Department, Oklahoma. His favorite movies are "Short-Circuit" and "Fried Green Tomatoes". Officer Murch is a Colorado native who graduated from Fruita Monument High School. Officer Murch attended Western State College where he earned his bachelor's degree in Kinesiology. Officer Murch is a 3x NCAA Mens Cross Country National Champion team member. Officer Murch comes to us from the Oklahoma City Police Department. Congratulations Officer's Marcy and Murch!

Do you think you have the chops to be a police officer? We are hiring!

Durango & La Plata County CRIMESTOPPERS WANTED & CRIME OF THE WEEK. You are urged to contact #Crimestoppers if you have any information regarding crimes or persons involved in crimes in Durango or La Plata County. Please call (970) 247-1112. You do not need to give your name, and you may be eligible for a substantial cash reward.

We hope everyone had a great time at at Children's Halloween yesterday! We enjoyed being part of this fun event this year. Happy Halloween! 🎃

Thank you to Sonic Drive-In for fueling us with corndogs this Halloween! And thank you to Corporal Hoy and Property Technician Kaeli for posing in this "corny" picture. 🎃

The Durango Police Department wants to remind everyone that a SAFE Halloween is a HAPPY Halloween! Have a great night! 👻 #HappyHalloween #SafeHalloween #DurangoPolice

***UPDATE***WE HAVE A WINNER***THE CORRECT YEAR IS 2017***HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!*** WAYBACK WEDNESDAY: GUESS THE YEAR (Instead of Throwback Thursday this week) The first person to guess the correct year that this photo was taken wins a Durango Police water bottle + swag! You must be able to pick up the prize at the Durango Police Department. One guess per person, please. And if you’ve already won, let’s give some others a chance to win. Good luck! We will see you later today at Durango Business Improvement District's Children's Halloween downtown from 4-6pm! Happy Halloween!

We are very thankful for the candy donations from members of the Durango Police Department, volunteers, and Citizens’ Police Academy alumnae! We have plenty of candy for the Trick-or-Treaters at Durango Business Improvement District’s Children’s Halloween! We will see you downtown tomorrow from 4-6 pm. 🎃 🍬 👻

Halloween Safety Tips. We hope to see all the lil ghouls and goblins downtown at BID's Children's Halloween tomorrow from 4-6pm. Look for our haunted mobile command unit at 10th and Main! 🎃

WANTED...Featured Fugitives as of October 29, 2018. If you have any information on these fugitives, please call the Durango-La Plata Emergency Communications Center at (970) 385-2900.

Durango & La Plata County CRIMESTOPPERS WANTED & CRIME OF THE WEEK. You are urged to contact #Crimestoppers if you have any information regarding crimes or persons involved in crimes in Durango or La Plata County. Please call (970) 247-1112. You do not need to give your name, and you may be eligible for a substantial cash reward.

Thank you, Amie, for taking the time to write this thank you to Officer Lawson and thank you for sending us this great pic. (We'll be sure to supply our officers with more PD stickers.) "Durango PD, I would like to send a simple thank you to Officer Lawson! For the past 2 or more months my four year old daughter and I have been attending high school varsity football games on Friday nights. Each Friday night officers from Durango PD are present and my daughter absolutely loves cops and firefighters. On top of loving cops, she also has a strong love for stickers! Every Friday night my daughter asks the present officers if they have stickers and none of them had one up until last Friday (oct 19th). Officer Lawson pulled a sticker straight out of her pocket and my daughter was beyond excited. She showed everyone her sticker for the rest of the night! I would like to simply say thank you to Officer Lawson for making my daughters night so much brighter with such a simple sticker! I have attached a picture of my daughter and Officer Lawson to show the excitement in my daughter's face."

What a great day meeting all the Trick-or-Treaters at the Three Springs Fall Festival! 🎃

We’re ready for the Three Springs Fall Festival! Stop by our booth and say hi!

Stop by our booth at the Three Springs Fall Festival tomorrow from 11-2 for fun, games, and candy! 🎃

Friday Flashback: Commander Rita Warfield Commander Rita Warfield has been part of the Durango Police family since 1995. For this Friday Flashback, we asked Commander Warfield the following questions: What year was the "then" pic taken? "Let’s just say it was before many of the officers here were born, my junior year prom." Where and when did you graduate high school? "Delta High, again, a long time ago…" If you could go back in time, what advice would you give your high school aged self? "Explore more options for careers than you might have in a small town, the world is full of options. I didn’t even realize that being a peace officer was doable for me." What made you decide on a career in Law Enforcement? "I always admired officers and wanted a job that had challenge, independent thinking and was unique. I had friends who were victims of domestic violence and sex assault and I felt helpless; I wanted to help them and other women who perhaps couldn’t help themselves." What is your proudest moment at the PD? "Being promoted to Detective Sergeant in 2006 and then being promoted to Commander in 2017 and having my daughters be there. Solving some very complex cases and finding justice for the victims." What have you found most challenging in your work life? "Never enough time to do it all and often times having to arrest repeat offenders over and over again." How do you balance your career and family? "It’s hard. Police work keeps us all very busy. In the position I am in now, it seems there aren’t enough hours to get everything done and I hate leaving work with work undone." What advice do you have for females thinking about starting a career in law enforcement? "Go for it!! If you are willing to sacrifice some time with family and have the energy and ethics we need in this career, then you might be the perfect fit. We ladies make a big difference and have the same skills as men and some unique skills that make us great officers." Do you recall any embarrassing moment at work? "Yes quite a few actually. One was at a traffic crash on 32nd in a very heavy snow and ice storm. I was out on the street attending to one of the crash vehicles and it was so slick I fell and slid all the way down to the bridge (a half block). I couldn’t stop and luckily the other cars couldn’t move either but they were all laughing at me." If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? "A secret agent, in another country." If you were stuck on an island what three things would you bring? "Sunscreen, a friend and rum (to go with the coconut and pineapple juice on the island)." What one food do you wish had zero calories? "Pasta." What are three career lessons you’ve learned thus far? "Only 3? Don’t be afraid of making mistakes (learn from them); it’s okay to admit you’re afraid, just don’t give up; fight for what you believe in and for what is right." What does true leadership mean to you? "Being a part of a team and being a leader among equals, but willing to let that person who knows what to do better than you, take the lead when necessary. Relishing in the success of your team." Great answers, Commander Warfield! Thanks for being a role model for many women in law enforcement and thank you for your years of service to our community and to our department.

Fun Police Car Show & Tell with Officer Martinez and Sergeant Peterson at St. Paul's Lutheran Pre-School today!

We love receiving messages like this one! Thank you, Dana, for taking the time to send this to us. "I want to thank Officer Cunningham so much for handling a 3-car wreck last night on Florida Rd that my daughter was involved in. He was professional, thorough, informative and kind. In this day and age, when police officers get a lot of slack for other issues, I want to give recognition to those officers who do a damn good job. Thanks again."

HEADS UP! A section of Animas River Trail will be closed for maintenance starting on Monday, October 29. Follow Durango Parks and Recreation for updates.

THE DURANGO POLICE DEPARTMENT IS HIRING! The Durango Police Department is looking for qualified individuals to join our agency as police officers. You must be a high school graduate or possess your GED, at least 21 years old, Colorado POST certified and/or currently in a Colorado POST Academy. Out of state applicants must be eligible to challenge Colorado POST. The Durango Police Department offers lateral entry for law enforcement officers with at least three years of recent full time patrol experience in law enforcement. Initial single day testing will be conducted for selected qualified applicants. Requires successful completion of a pre-employment background check. Drug-free/EO Opportunities exist for advancement and special assignments. For more information, please visit: http://www.durangogov.org/index.aspx?NID=420 #DurangoPolice