Whether it is taking a theft report or responding to a shooting, the Patrol Bureau is the uniformed backbone of the CSPD.
The Patrol Bureau is comprised of the four, geographically located police substations. The officers of the Patrol Bureau are responsible for carrying out the CSPD’s day-to-day mission of responding to calls for service and patrolling the city.
Patrol Area Commands
Specialty Patrol Units
School Resource Unit
The School Resource Officer (SRO) Unit consists of uniformed police officers, each assigned to a local high school or middle school. They work closely with school administration, parents, and students to provide a safe and productive learning environment.
Community Service Officer Unit (CSO)
The Community Service Officer (CSO) program consists of non-sworn, unarmed civilian employees, who handle a variety of police-related calls for service. Examples of their duties include initiating police reports, providing traffic control at accident scenes, tagging and towing abandoned vehicles, as well as many other duties. Learn more about CSO's.
The program also includes the Community Service Representatives (CSR); CSRs work at the front desks of the Police Operations Center and each substation to assist community members with questions and help sworn police officers with a variety of administrative tasks.
The DUI Unit includes eight officers who are dedicated to the enforcement of DUI laws and the apprehension of impaired drivers who represent a considerable traffic safety risk to the citizens of Colorado Springs.
Crime Prevention Officers
The CSPD Crime Prevention Program focuses on providing citizens and businesses with tips on how to prevent becoming a victim of a crime. The specialized officers who staff this program are dedicated to:
- Reducing crime and the fear of crime
- Increasing the knowledge of citizens in providing "pro-active" crime prevention strategies
- Encouraging and training citizens in neighborhood watch activities
- Training the community in a wide array of crime prevention approaches & techniques
- Providing home and business security checks
- Managing the Neighborhood Watch Program for the City.
The Homeless Outreach Team (HOT)
In 2009, the Homeless Outreach Team (HOT) was formed to provide & coordinate efforts among a large number of advocacy groups and service providers to the Homeless population in Colorado Springs. Since that time, the "HOT" team has been compassionately serving the homeless community by providing citizens with information and referrals that help them find permanent housing and become self-sustainable.
The Homeless Outreach Team (HOT) is comprised of a sergeant and six police officers. Their primary focus is to assist homeless individuals in connecting with homeless services and resources. HOT officers work in partnership with many non-profit, private and public organizations in the development of strategies for the coordination and care of people experiencing homelessness within the Colorado Springs community.
Community Response Team
The Community Response Team, or CRT, is a city-wide team that responds to citizens who are having mental/emotional crises and those suffering with long-term issues. A CSPD officer is paired with a paramedic from the Colorado Springs Fire Department and a trained mental health provider. By having a team like this we can provide people with immediate, specialized help during an incident and get them referrals for help. This team also relieves patrol officers of calls that a trained mental health professional is equipped for. The CRT currently reports to the Stetson Hills Division.