A Letter to Golden from Police Chief Bill Kilpatrick:

To our Golden Community,

Over the course of the last several days I have been asked by many, as the City of Golden Police Chief, my thoughts on the death of Mr. George Floyd while being taken into custody by officers of the Minneapolis Police Department.

Honestly, it feels like my heart has been torn to pieces and is broken. Broken for the senseless and unexplainable loss of Mr. Floyd’s life, broken for the unimaginable pain and suffering that Mr. Floyd’s family and friends will endure for the rest of their lives, broken for the terrible divide that is ripping apart the fabric of our nation, broken due to the continuing and ongoing violence that is occurring throughout the country and broken for the loss of faith in our police officers who work tirelessly to build trust among you, the public we serve.

I have been in policing for a very long time and the circumstances surrounding the death of Mr. Floyd are deeply disturbing to me. There is no reasonable or rational explanation for what occurred.
Let me be clear. What I saw in the video of the last minutes of Mr. Floyd’s life was repulsive, appalling and unconscionable.

It goes against everything I believe in; the sanctity of life, the dignity of the human spirit, and our responsibility as humans, but most particularly as police officers, to treat all people with respect.
I believe that each of us is responsible and accountable for our actions as well as for our failure to act. Therefore, it is my belief that those officers must be held to account in the criminal justice system for their behaviors. Behaviors which go against all that we, as police officers, stand for.

I share in the grief that is being experienced as a result of Mr. Floyd’s death. And I know there is a path forward. It continues with our willingness to listen, learn, dialog and connect with those we serve.
All organizations have a culture that shapes the behaviors of its members and its members shape the culture of the organization. This department of ours strives every day to create a culture of inclusiveness, community and respect.

I take great pride in being your police chief and leading the women and men of the Golden Police Department. We have amazing individuals working here. They are highly competent, committed, motivated and dedicated people who endeavor to give their best to you, our Golden community, every day. They believe in our core values of teamwork, integrity, excellence, personal responsibility and professionalism. And they believe in the right of the people to peacefully protest.

Their jobs are not easy and yet they seek, always, to try and do the right thing for the right reason. They have good hearts and good minds. No, we are not perfect, but I will tell you that our folks are as good as you will ever find anywhere. I know that through all that we are facing they will continue to provide high quality and honorable service to all they encounter.

I hope that you are as proud of them and the work they do as I am.


Bill Kilpatrick
Chief of Police

In an effort to provide the best service possible to the citizens of Golden, the Golden Police Department will begin offering additional options for filing police reports while minimizing personal contact during the COVID-19 pandemic. There may be certain offenses or situations in which officers need to respond in person, but most police reports can be filed by phone or online.

Our online reporting tool (cityofgolden.seamlessdocs.com/f/GPDOnlineReporting) is simple to use on your mobile device, tablet, or computer. You can upload photos or documents directly from your phone. Remember online reporting is NOT to be used for EMERGENCIES, crimes in progress, or where suspect information is known. In case of EMERGENCY call 911 or for NON-emergencies or phone reporting call JeffCom Communications Center at (303) 980-7300.


Our mission is to partner with the community to solve problems, preserve the peace, enforce the law and protect life and property.


We strive to provide great service through technical excellence, leadership development and creating an enjoyable work environment.


Team Work
Personal Responsibility

To serve our community effectively, our focus is as follows:
  • Protecting life and property
  • Reducing crime and the fear of crime
  • Enforcing the laws and arresting criminals
  • Enhancing citizen and police relationships

The men and women of the Golden Police Department are extremely proud of the work they perform in service of the citizens of Golden. The department is committed to the ideas of community service, leadership, technical excellence, and creating and maintaining a positive work environment.

We take pride in our ability to work with all segments of the community. Problem solving and our open communication policy with the public remain a major component of our service commitment.

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Sexually Violent Predator Information

The Golden Police Department is releasing the following information pursuant to Colorado Revised Statutes 16-13-901 through 16-13-905, which authorizes law enforcement agencies to inform the public of a sex offender’s relocation when the offender has been determined to be a Sexually Violent Predator. The purpose of this notification is to enhance public safety and protection.

Below is information available for download about sexual offenders and public safety.

For all emergencies, call 911. For all non-emergency Police, Code Enforcement, Animal Control and Parking Enforcement services, call 303-980-7300

Important Numbers

In an Emergency call 911
Non Emergency Police and Fire call 303-980-7300
Police reports/Records Division call 303-384-8035
Court Information call 303-384-8006
Code Enforcement/Evidence/Fingerprinting/
Animal Control call 303-384-8045
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Golden Police Organization Chart
Community Crime Map
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ICE Victim Notification Program

The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Victim Notification Program allows eligible victims and witnesses to obtain reliable and timely information regarding a criminal alien’s release from custody. To be notified, victims and witnesses must first register with the agency.

Please visit www.ice.gov/victim-notification to register, and learn more about the program.

The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement (CALEA)


The Golden Police Department has achieved accreditation with CALEA, following a rigorous application and assessment process:

  • CALEA Accreditation requires an agency to develop a comprehensive, well thought out, uniform set of written directives. This is one of the most successful methods for reaching administrative and operational goals, while also providing direction to personnel.
  • CALEA Accreditation standards provide the necessary reports and analyses a CEO needs to make fact-based, informed management decisions.
  • CALEA Accreditation requires a preparedness program be put in place—so an agency is ready to address natural or man-made unusual occurrences.
  • CALEA Accreditation is a means for developing or improving upon an agency’s relationship with the community.
  • CALEA Accreditation strengthens an agency’s accountability, both within the agency and the community, through a continuum of standards that clearly define authority, performance, and responsibilities.
  • Being CALEA Accredited can limit an agency’s liability and risk exposure because it demonstrates that internationally recognized standards for law enforcement have been met, as verified by a team of independent outside CALEA-trained assessors.
  • CALEA Accreditation facilitates an agency’s pursuit of professional excellence.

Message from the Chief

It is my honor to serve as the Chief of Police for the City of Golden. The Golden Police Department is proud to be an internationally accredited police department.

The Golden Police Department is committed to the community policing philosophy. We believe in working in collaboration with residents to reduce crime and enhance the quality of life in our city.

Much has changed in the history of the city and the police department over the years, but what has not changed in 150 years of service is our commitment as an organization to provide the best possible service to the community.

I invite you to tour our pages, and welcome any comments.

Thank you,
William Kilpatrick
Chief of Police

Police Department Services
Bicycle Registration Crime Tip Hotline
Fingerprinting Safety Academy
Identity Theft Tips & Action Steps Impounded Vehicle
National Night Out Police Blotter
Prescription Drug Drop Box Records Requests
Report a Complaint or Compliment Police Ride Along Program
School Resource Officer Sign Up for Emergency Alerts
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 Golden has 402 acres of open space
and maintains 253 acres of parks right within the city itself.

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