The Community Services Section of the Golden Police Department has the responsibility of arranging for presentations to members of the community.
This unit oversees the following programs:
Recruitment and Hiring
Contact: Police Recruitment
The Golden Police Department is comprised of professional men and women who focus on community-oriented policing, while maintaining a strong working relationship with our community, residents, businesses, and visitors. Training and personal advancement are at the forefront of the department’s philosophy.
The department is continously recognized as one of the leading law enforcement agencies in the Denver Metro Area in professionalism, investigation and advancements, specialized skills, training, technology and individual officer skills.
Work for the Golden Police Department!
Current benefits for full-time employees include:
- 401(a) Retirement Plan
- Medical Coverage
- Dental Coverage
- Short/Long Term Disability Insurance
- Employee Assistance Program
- Tuition Reimbursement
- Paid Annual/Holiday/Sick leave
- Wellness Program
- Flex Benefits Plan
Please visit Employment Opportunities for a listing of current openings and application instructions.
Community Resource Officer
Contact: Officer Joe Page
The Community Resource Officer program (CRO) was launched in 2005. The core function of the CRO is to act as a liaison between the police department and the community the department serves. This role includes accessibility for the community as well as outreach by the department. Although the primary area of responsibility was initially set as the Downtown Business district, with a secondary area of focus being the Clear Creek Recreation District, additional duties have been incoporated into the position since its inception.
Service Communities Served:
- Business Community
- Recreation & Tourism Community
- Residential Community
- Education Community
- Faith-based Community
- Non-profit Community
- Government Community
School Resource Officer
School Resource Officer (SRO) programs exist throughout the United States. In 1994, the Golden Police Department and the Jefferson County R-1 School District coordinated efforts to start an S.R.O. program, beginning in Golden High School. The S.R.O. is selected in conjunction with the administration of the high school.
Golden Police S.R.O.s are trained by the National Association of School Resource Officers and receive additional training, both in and out of the department to keep up on necessary skills.
Why do we have police officers in our schools?
The S.R.O. program is not a response to increased violence in our schools. The Golden Police Department and the R-1 School District have taken a proactive step to ensure your schools remain safe. The officers assume three roles within the school community.
- Teacher – School Resource Officers provide a variety of educational opportunities to the school community. Officers present law-related classes to students, faculty, staff and parents. Officers are available to speak to classes and parent groups, and often provide information on an individual basis.
- Counselor – School Resource Officers provide informal counseling to students and parents. This counseling can range from mediation of student problems to guiding students and parents to appropriate resources. SROs work closely with school counselors to ensure students have access to all available resources.
- Police Officer– School Resource Officers provide a positive law enforcement presence in the school community. Uniformed officers are a deterrence to violence, gang activity, vandalism and theft, and act as a positive role model to students. Officers investigate crimes that involve the school district, students or staff and work closely with administrators as a liaison between the school district and the Golden Police Department.
The Golden Police Department is committed to the concept of Community Policing. This concept requires that we take a proactive stance to ensure our community remains an excellent place to raise our children. By providing law-related education to students, we equip them with the ability to make responsible, informed decisions. By providing an officer for students to contact if they have questions or need help, we promote a positive relationship between teens and law enforcement.
The part-time employees involved with the Crossing Guard Program have the safety of school children crossing streets on their way to and from school as their primary responsibility. In addition, they watch for suspicious people and vehicles that may bring harm to the youngsters. The crossing guards work at Shelton and Mitchell elementary schools. They work a half hour before and after school every day of the school year. Their time and effort are important to the safety of the children of our city.
The Volunteer Services Program is a valuable asset to the police department and is designed to afford citizens an opportunity to be involved in the workings of, and make meaningful contributions to, the department. The time and energy given by our volunteers is invaluable and greatly appreciated by department members.
Volunteer opportunities exist in several departments, including records, support services, investigations and evidence, but are not restricted to these areas. Tasks accomplished by individuals in those areas include data entry, general clerical tasks, domestic violence studies, ongoing evidence inventories, physical evidence destruction, citizen fingerprints, gathering crime statistics, tracking juvenile offenders and more. Other opportunities include: retention and destruction of archived records, follow-up to clear and resolve outstanding warrants, Citizen Radar Patrol (done in pairs), Citizen Code Enforcement Patrol (done in pairs), and Special Events, such as National Night Out. Our goal is to expand the number of volunteers involved with the department and the scope of their involvement.
Please visit Volunteer Opportunities for a listing of volunteer positions currently open with the police department, and application instructions.
The Golden Police Department currently has four volunteer chaplains providing services to employees.
- Chaplain Kevin Shive
- Chaplain Dan Thoemke
- Chaplain Bethany Thomas
- Chaplain John Wengrovius
“To serve as a resource for the Golden Police Department through a volunteer chaplaincy program that provides spiritual and emotional support to law enforcement personnel, their families, and the community at large.”
Integrity in service
Confidentiality in conversations
Respect for law enforcement and the community at large
- 1995 – Initial conversations with GPD Leadership
- 2005 – Clergy/GPD discussions initiated by Chief Bill Kilpatrick
- 2006 – Program development (created by GPD and chaplains) — Began training – International Conference of Police Chaplains
- 2007 – GPD Chaplain’s Academy (see below) — Appointment to service with GPD
- 2008 – Engaged/active service
- 2008-Present – Ongoing training and development