The Investigative and Special Operations Bureau is broken into three Divisions: the Investigations Division, the Specialized Enforcement Division, and the Vice, Narcotics, and Intelligence Division.
The officers and civilians who make up these divisions conduct the majority of investigations into crimes against persons, conduct motorcycle traffic enforcement, and handle many serious critical incidents and special events; as well as narcotics and vice investigations for the Pikes Peak region. To learn more about each division, please review their individual web pages by utilizing the menu on the left of this page.
The Investigations Division is comprised of multiple units that are responsible for handling investigations based on the crime committed, complexity and the requirement of special expertise. They provide assistance to the Patrol Division with investigations, as needed. This division has the second-largest number of personnel and is composed of detectives, civilian investigators, specialists, technicians, supervisors, and support staff.
Special Victims Section
The section is commanded by a lieutenant. Additionally, there are three sergeants, 23 detectives, four forensic interviewers, one civilian special investigator and two office specialists assigned to the section. The units are:
- Crimes Against Children Unit: Two teams who investigate felony sexual assaults, felony child abuse, incest, the homicide of young children, and other serious or sensitive offenses involving children
- Forensic Interview Unit: Specially trained forensic interviewers who conduct interviews with child victims, elderly victims, and witnesses of physical or sexual assaults/abuse
- Crimes Against At-Risk Adults Unit: Investigation of violent crimes against qualifying at-risks persons, 18 years and older
- Adult Sexual Assault Unit: Responsible for the investigation of felony sexual assaults of adult victims. They also investigate sexual assault of teens 16 and older, who are not victims of a family-related sexual assault.
- Domestic Violence Unit: Conducts follow-up investigations of felony crimes associated with domestic violence, such as murder, felony assault, kidnapping, sexual assault and stalking
- Registered Sex Offender Unit: Monitors and tracks sex offenders who reside within the city limits of Colorado Springs
Violent Crimes Section
The section is commanded by a lieutenant. Additionally, there are three sergeants, 22 detectives, a victim’s advocate coordinator, three victim advocates and multiple volunteers. This section consists of the following units:
- Homicide Unit: Consists of two teams who are tasked with the investigation of suspicious deaths and murders
- Cold Case Unit
- Robbery Unit: Tasked with the investigation of all robberies occurring within the city limits of Colorado Springs
- Assault Unit: Investigates criminal acts involving first- and second-degree assaults
- Victim Advocate Unit: Provide victims of certain crimes with crisis counseling, support, referrals to community services, assistance with the victim compensation process, and personal advocacy
Technical Investigations Section
This section is commanded by a lieutenant. Additionally, there are two sergeants, 10 detectives, an ICAC grant coordinator and multiple volunteers. This section consists of the following units:
- Financial Crimes Unit: Responsible for the pattern and serial financial crimes. These include identity theft, counterfeiting, check and credit card fraud, Internet and mail scams, and complex theft/embezzlement cases.
- Pawn Unit: Tasked with reviewing pawn shop transactions to ensure compliance with local and state reporting laws. Additionally, this unit is responsible for monitoring precious metal dealers.
- Internet Crimes Against Children Unit: Tasked with the investigation of the exploitation of children via digital media. This unit works directly in support of the nationwide Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC).
- Computer Forensics Unit: Specialized mission of conducting forensic and technical analysis of all types of digital media and devices
Metro Crime Lab
The Colorado Springs Police Department and the El Paso County Sheriff's Office formed a joint forensic laboratory at the time the Police Operations Center first opened in 1993. This is the metro crime lab. Located at 705 S. Nevada Ave., it is responsible for processing scenes of violent and other serious crimes. The lab's responsibilities and goals include providing impartial and professional collection, documentation, evaluation, and analysis of a variety of physical evidence. Read more about the Metro Crime Lab.
Specialized Enforcement Division (SED)
The Specialized Enforcement Division (SED) is a group of highly trained officers who support the Patrol Bureau, Investigations Division and Metro VNI Division. They do this by enforcing traffic laws, investigating serious accidents; providing security to the Colorado Springs Airport, city buildings and the Municipal Courthouse; and responding to high-risk emergency situations. The Specialized Enforcement Division (SED) consists of three sections: 1) Tactical Operations Section, 2) Protective Security Section, and 3) Patrol Support Section.
Tactical Operations Section
- The Tactical Enforcement Unit (TEU) is trained and equipped to handle high-risk situations.
- The Canine (K-9) Unit supports the Patrol divisions, but is available to assist any element of the Police Department or other outside agencies with highly trained dogs.
- The Colorado Springs Regional Explosives Unit consists of highly trained and certified officers from the Colorado Springs Police Department and deputies from El Paso County Sheriff’s Office. They primarily respond as a bomb squad for Homeland Security in the South Central Region; encompassing five counties: Chaffee, El Paso, Lake, Park, and Teller, and the Colorado Springs Metropolitan area. They also provide service and support to about 33 other counties in the southern part of the state.
Protective Security Section
- The Municipal Security Unit is tasked with providing security services for the Municipal Court, City Administration Building, and City Hall. Members of this unit also provide Safeguarding America's Future (SAF) training to all city employees.
- The Airport Police Unit oversees all law enforcement operations, except passenger screenings, for the Colorado Springs Municipal Airport.
- The Office of Emergency Management / Police Emergency Services Unit works in conjunction with the Pikes Peak Regional Office of Emergency Management during critical events to coordinate police responses and resources. This unit is also tasked with the coordination of CSPD resources during planned disaster training exercises.
Patrol Support Section
- The Motorcycle Traffic Enforcement Unit or "Motors" Unit is tasked with traffic enforcement and safety within Colorado Springs.
- The Major Crash Team is tasked with the investigation of traffic accidents that result in a fatality or serious bodily injury. Each detective oversees a team of part-time investigators from patrol.
- The Special Events / Extra Duty / Alarms Unit is a multifunctional unit that oversees the coordination of police services for special events, tracking and maintenance of burglar alarm permits, and the management of the extra-duty program.
- The Parking Services Unit oversees enforcement of metered parking within the downtown area of Colorado Springs and W. Colorado Ave in the Old Colorado City area in western Colorado Springs.
Metropolitan Vice, Narcotics and Intelligence Division (VNI)
The Metropolitan Vice, Narcotics and Intelligence Division (Metro VNI) is a multi-mission component of the Colorado Springs Police Department. Metro VNI consists of the Strategic Information Center (StIC), Intelligence Unit, Vice and Human Trafficking Unit, Investigations Unit and three Narcotics Teams, which are part of a multi-jurisdictional task force comprised of sworn and civilian personnel from the Colorado Springs Police Department, El Paso County Sheriff’s Office, Fountain Police Department and the Woodland Park Police Department.
The Strategic Information Center
- Provides accurate, timely and actionable tactical, operational and strategic intelligence
- Utilizes the Intelligence Led Policing model to collect and analyze information, which supports command staff in efficiently allocating resources based on data driven analysis
- Collects, analyzes and disseminates actionable intelligence
- Conducts threat assessments for large civic gatherings, critical infrastructure systems, and threats against public safety
- Investigates threats against government operations and officials
Vice and Human Trafficking
- Interdicts, disrupts and investigates human trafficking cases
- Recovers victims of sexual and labor trafficking
- Conducts vice investigations involving illegal gambling and or prostitution
Special Investigations Unit
- Proactively and strategically identifies, tracks, investigates and file for prosecution pattern property crimes involving either one or multiple suspects working cooperatively
- Identifies, tracks, interdicts and investigates crimes committed by prolific offenders
Narcotics Investigation Teams
- Investigates the manufacturing, distribution, possession, and use if illegal narcotics
- Conducts in depth investigations into major drug trafficking organizations and money laundering operations
- Investigates the illegal cultivation, manufacturing and distribution of Marijuana and Marijuana products
- Investigates the illegal distribution, possession and use of prescription drugs
- Conducts underage audits of liquor establishments
- Metro VNI partners with local federal agencies to address regional criminal activity and potential acts of terrorism. Metro VNI has personnel assigned to the local Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Task Force, the Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearm (ATF) Task Force, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Safe Streets Task Force and the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF).