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

Today in Estes Park

Please read this great column by Master Police Officer and School Resource Officer Curtis Plassmeyer... It's a Team Effort: Conflict Resolution and Bullying Prevention Summer is over and school is back in session. For the kids, it’s time to get back into “school mode.” This means days full of learning with the added challenge of living in harmony with hundreds of other students. This is not always easy at their age. Actually, it’s not easy at any age. http://bit.ly/PlassmeyerColumn

Today Master Police Officer Plassmeyer had a dream come true - he met Miss Piggy in person. Where was Kermit?

This morning we received beautiful handmade crosses from Arianna's Cross Mission. Thank you Arianna!

Our Honor Guard presented the colors at the Rockies game Friday night. Let's go Rockies - bring on Rocktober!

Saint Bartholomew Episcopal Church dropped off some cookies for our officers recently! Thank you very much, they were thoroughly enjoyed!

Happy to share some good news - one of our Explorers was awarded a Citizen Commendation last night. Congratulations!

Are you keeping safety in mind when watching elk? 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, “It's time to ensure you are being safe around wildlife, especially those that can hurt you, like elk. Watch from a safe distance, respect their space, give them plenty of room to move and don't block their paths. As individuals, we each have a responsibility to ensure our own safety.” Chief Kufeld explained that the Estes Park Emergency Communications Center receives numerous calls about elk issues daily. The most common reports 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 reminders for safe elk viewing: • Elk are wild animals and can cause serious injuries or death. • Keep a safe distance. If you cause the animal to move, you are too close. This is important to consider even in vehicles, as bull elk will charge a car during the rut. • Do not block traffic when viewing elk from your vehicle -- park completely off the roadway. • Keep pets secure. Estes Park municipal code requires pets to be on a leash at all times. • Elk know no boundaries. Respect private property when viewing. • Keep these tips in mind every spring during elk calving season, when female “cows” become protective and can be extremely aggressive. 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 Police Department enforces wildlife laws including laws against feeding or harassing wildlife, or allowing one’s pet to harass wildlife.

Safe Distance: Elk are wild animals. Always view from a safe distance. Avoid Injury: Risk of serious injury or death can occur if a safe distance is not kept. Safety Rule: If you cause the animal to move, you are too close. Do Not Block Traffic: When viewing elk from your vehicle, park completely off the roadway. Keep Pets Secure: Estes Park Municipal Code requires pets to be on a leash at all times. Private Property: Elk know no boundaries. Respect Private property when viewing. Calving and Rutting Season: Spring is the elk season and Fall is the mating season. During these times the elk are very protective and can be extremely aggressive.

Next drug collection scheduled Oct. 27 Police encourage safe disposal of unwanted prescription and over-the-counter drugs On Saturday, Oct. 27, 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. “Now is a good time to mark your calendar and start collecting everything you want to get out of the medicine cabinet,” commented Officer Gregg Filsinger, who manages this free service for the community. The collection will be held in front of 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, marijuana 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.

"It was an honor to have been asked to speak at the American Legion in remembrance of 9/11" -Captain Corey P. Pass

The Estes Park Police Department is attempting to contact AMADOR LEON-ERIVES regarding outstanding warrants for his arrest. Please contact the Estes Park Police Department with information regarding his whereabouts.

Changes to civilian fingerprinting services The Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is implementing a new, Statewide Digital Fingerprinting Process known as CABS (Colorado Applicant Background Services). Due to these changes, civilian fingerprinting services will be discontinued by the Estes Park Police Department after Sept. 20. Please reference the linked information for help acquiring these services from CBI's authorized fingerprinting vendors. View detail on Colorado Applicant Background Services (CABS): https://drive.google.com/open?id=1EDKGZcIbySRQfMLINIRV9fv1hYlMOxx8 View the CABS public location list: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1pFddrSu663Vi3MuTiF6wLB1ZTHV8cCSm

In loving Memory of the victims~ In loving Honor of the heroes~ 9/11, we will never forget.

Meet the Estes Park Police Department “Auxiliary Unit” By Captain Corey Pass, Estes Park Police Department We all see the officers in the gray shirts working throughout the community, but do you really know who they are? These are the proud volunteer members of the Estes Park Police Department’s (EPPD) Auxiliary Unit. This unit is made up of volunteers from all walks of life -- from flight attendants to physicians; from bus drivers to engineers, we have them all. In May 2000, the EPPD initiated formation of a volunteer unit in an effort to increase the department’s capabilities. At this time there were four citizens working as volunteers, performing such tasks as working the front desk, answering the telephones, and distributing mail. The first members of the Estes Park Police Volunteer Unit were those citizens already volunteering their time as well as several additional volunteers who had been recruited after participating in the Estes Park Citizens Police Academy. Fast forward to 2018 and the Estes Park Police Auxiliary Unit is 20 members strong. The unit mirrors that of our full-time staff in that they have their own Commander and three Sergeants helping to lead the charge. As the Captain who manages the department’s Community and Information Services Division, I am fortunate to oversee the work of these dedicated volunteers. The mission of the Auxiliary Unit is to enhance the individual and collective safety of the community by assisting the EPPD. The Auxiliary Unit provides increased police visibility and helps to further the goal of a positive police-community relationship for the Town of Estes Park. Each year this group of volunteers donates nearly 5,000 hours to our community by assisting with special events, conducting regular community patrols to educate and help enforce our wildlife protection ordinance, providing fingerprinting services, front desk services, the Blue Santa program, the Citizen’s Police Academy, and any other needs we identify in the community. There is no way that we could continue to provide the level of services that our community has come to expect without the service of these fine men and women. They are a pleasure to have on our team. If you are interested in learning more about the Estes Park Police Department’s Auxiliary Unit please feel free to contact me at 970-577-3828. The Police Department is actively seeking to increase the membership of this valuable unit. Estes Park Police Department Auxiliary Unit (Back row: left to right) Commander Bill Bradford, Terry Babcock, Sergeant. Don Seedle, John Nolan, Mike Moon (Second row: left to right) Melissa Addison, Kate Kemmer, Sergeant. Sue Pinkham, Lori Bradford, Captain Corey Pass (First row: left to right) Mary Nolan, Tami Scace, Sergeant Steve Arnold, David White Not pictured: Steve Fuhrman, Julie Lee, Art Mutschler, Larry Strong and Christian Lopez

Our non-emergency line 970-586-4000 is functioning normally now. Thanks for your patience.

Our non-emergency line 970-586-4000 is not functioning due to a network issue. If you have a non-emergency issue and need to reach us please call 970-586-2945. 9-1-1 is working normally.

Well look who came by to check on our dispatchers - hey thanks for stopping by!

For those of you that saw the two weather balloons today, they were just that. However, Officer Otazua was not willing to take the chance.

Next drug collection scheduled Oct. 27 Police encourage safe disposal of unwanted prescription and over-the-counter drugs On Saturday, Oct. 27, 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. “Now is a good time to mark your calendar and start collecting everything you want to get out of the medicine cabinet,” commented Officer Gregg Filsinger, who manages this free service for the community. The collection will be held in front of 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, marijuana 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.

Keep our wildlife wild – As fall is approaching, our four legged residents are becoming more active in search of food. This may lead some of them to venture into town seeking an easy meal from an unsecured trash bin, vehicle, or in some instances homes and businesses. During this time of increased animal activity, we remind our residents and visitors to be extra vigilant with adhering to our Wildlife Protection Ordinance. Remember to keep trash cans inside your garage, shed, or home until trash pickup day. Commercial businesses, check your dumpsters frequently to make sure that they are secured at all times. Remember to remove food, food containers, makeup, and hygiene products from your vehicle and lock the doors. We are committed to the safety of our wildlife as well as our residents and visitors. Our Police Auxiliary conduct Community Patrols several times each week, identifying Wildlife Ordinance Violations. While the goal is education and compliance, certain instances require a summons into municipal court. Of the identified Wildlife Ordinance Violations so far this summer, 9 have resulted in summons and 5 have resulted in warnings. The dedication and support of our community in protecting our wildlife has been nothing short of spectacular. Our calls for bear encounters has declined since the Wildlife Protection Ordinance has been in effect and we have noticed our town looks cleaner. A big Thank You to all who have taken the steps to keep attractants secure, our wildlife community deserves our understanding and support. If you observe a Wildlife Protection Ordinance violation, or have questions regarding how you can help, please call the Estes Park Police Department at (970)586-4000.