Programs & Information

Critical Incident Response Team

Legislation passed in 2015 requires all Colorado law enforcement agencies and district attorneys to develop a protocol for participating in a multi-agency team to conduct the investigation, or review, of incidents involving the discharge of a firearm by a peace officer resulting in injury or death. Each agency shall post the protocol on their website by December 31, 2015. If no criminal charges are filed following the investigation, the district attorney must release a report and post it on their website.

The First Judicial District has used a multi-agency Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) since 1990 to investigate any discharge of a firearm by a law enforcement officer which resulted in death or injury. For more information, please visit the Critical Incident Response Team on the Jeffco website.

Important Notices

Media Release

Contact: Sgt. Denise Mehnert
(303) 384-8114 (office)
(303) 980-7300 (dispatch)
(303) 277-8781 (fax)

The Golden Police Department believes a responsible and effective partnership with the media is vital to our mission. We depend on that partnership – as well as community trust and confidence – in carrying out our responsibilities. The department has an officer assigned to respond to media requests for public safety information in a timely manner.

Obtaining Information

To obtain copies of police reports, please contact the Records Division at (303) 384-8035. For more in-depth media inquiries during business hours between Monday and Friday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., call 303-384-8064.

Outside of business hours, media outlets in need of information on breaking news or emergency situations can contact dispatch at 303-980-7300 and they will contact someone to handle press inquiries.

Crime Tip Hotline

Crime Tip Hotline: (303) 384-8034
CrimeTips@cityofgolden.net

Although a society free from crime would be ideal, the reality is that, even with a proactive police department, crime will likely always exist. In order to be more effective, the police department relies on information from sources within the community, but we understand that fear of involvement often affects the number of tips we get from the community.

To encourage greater involvement form the community, the Golden Police Department offers a Crime Tip Hotline for reporting information about crimes while staying anonymous, if desired.

The Crime Tip Hotline is available 24-hours-a-day. It is important to provide as much accurate and detailed information as possible. The Crime Tip Hotline should not be used for initial reporting of crimes that have just occurred. This information should be given directly to the Communications Center by calling 303-980-7300.

Although the Crime Tip Hotline provides for anonymous reporting, callers are encouraged to leave contact information in case the investigator working the case has additional questions they think you might be able to help with. You may have a crucial piece of information but not realize its value.

Neighborhood Watch

National Neighborhood WatchContact: Officer Joe Page
(303) 384-8062

The men and women of the Golden Police Department work hard to keep the community safe. Unfortunately, we cannot do it alone. The police department relies on information from citizens who take pride in their community and want to keep it safe. We encourage neighbors to get to know one another and become familiar with what is normal – and what is not – in their neighborhood. A neighborhood united against crime is often apparent to a criminal and can act as a deterrent.

Learn more about National Neighborhood Watch.

Liquor Awareness

City Clerk 
(303) 384-8014

Liquor establishments in the City of Golden are charged with selling liquor responsibly. In an effort to prevent underage drinking and the tragedies that often accompany it, as well as other liquor violations, the Golden Police Department and the City of Golden offer a video and training tests for liquor establishments within the city.

These tests provide establishment owners and employees with information about alcohol related law, levels of intoxication, fraudulent identification, and the consequences of these violations. The tests provide a way for employers to demonstrate to the City of Golden and the Liquor Authority that their employees are trained in these laws and are pledging to be responsible servers.

A copy of the tape and the tests can be checked out from the City Clerk.

Learn more about the Local Liquor Licensing Authority.

National Night Out

National Night OutNational Night Out (NNO) is a crime/drug prevention event held in communities nationwide. NNO has proven to be an effective and enjoyable program to promote police-community partnerships. The event joins together citizens, law enforcement agencies, community groups, business and local officials to stamp out crime.

National Night Out Goals

  • Heighten crime and drug prevention
  • Generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime programs
  • Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships
  • Send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back

National Night Out is always held the first Tuesday in August. We hope to see you next year!

Ride Along Program

Contact: Records
(303) 384-8035

The Golden Police Department permits citizen ride-alongs with police officers. The purpose of the program is to provide interested citizens with insight into the operations of the department. The department hopes that this type of interaction is both informative and enjoyable.

Riders should be fully aware of the conditions and circumstances under which the program operates, which include:
  • You will be assigned to ride with a police officer of the department. The officer will attend to his/her normal duties and will respond to all calls for service to which he/she is assigned.
  • Police officers can be, and often are, assigned duties which involve danger and serious risks. The officer with whom you are riding is no different. The officer will not avoid or disregard duties which involve emergencies or danger simply because you are accompanying him/her.
  • While every effort will be made to ensure your safety, the police officer’s first responsibility will be to carry out his/her assigned duties.
  • The officer you accompany will be happy to discuss his/her duties and responsibilities insofar as time permits. If some emergency should arise, you must immediately and without question,Police Car Interior comply with any orders or directions given to you by the officer. This is for your own safety.

Citizens who are 16 years of age or older can obtain a waiver and release form from Golden Police Department Records, located at 911 10th Street in Golden. A criminal history will be completed on each applicant to determine eligibility to ride. The waiver must be completed at least one week prior to the requested ride-along date in order to allow for paperwork processing. Other guidelines for the ride-along will be provided with the waiver.

Professional Standards Report

The Golden Police Department is committed to providing quality law enforcement to the citizens and visitors of Golden.

To maintain the integrity of the department and ensure quality police service, the department has an internal investigation procedure, which enables the department to thoroughly and systematically investigate all complaints of misconduct against its members. The Professional Standards Unit also documents all compliments made regarding the conduct of officers and other members of the department.

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 Did You Know?
Golden was originally chosen as the territorial capital of Colorado in 1862.

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