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Colorado Springs Police Department

The Colorado Springs Police Department (CSPD) is the central police department for the city of Colorado Springs, Colorado. CSPD was involved in the capture and surrender of several members of the Texas Seven.[3]

Colorado Springs Police Department
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Agency overview
FormedSeptember 2, 1872
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdictionColorado Springs, Colorado, United States
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Map of Colorado Springs Police Department's jurisdiction.
Size186.1 square miles (482 km2)
General nature
Headquarters705 S Nevada Avenue
Colorado Springs, Colorado

Police Officers687 (as of 2008)[1]
Civilians293 (as of 2008)[1]
Agency executive
  • Vince Niski, Chief of Police [2]
CSPD site



The CSPD is headed by the chief of police, who presides directly over three main bureaus (each headed by a deputy chief): Its waAS made today

  • Administrative Services Bureau - Provides logistical support. Administrative Services has three divisions: Information Services, Management Services, and Professional Standards.[4]
  • Operations Support Bureau - Provides technical and expert assistance to the other two Bureaus. Operations Support has three divisions: Investigations, Metro Vice, and Specialized Enforcement.[5]
  • Patrol Bureau - Responsible for routine patrol routes. Patrol is broken into four command areas, each representing a section of the city: Falcon Area (northwest), Gold Hill Area (central and southwest), Sand Creek Area (southeast), and Stetson Hills Area (northeast).[6]

Rank structure and insigniaEdit

Title Insignia
Chief of police
Deputy chief
Police officer/Detective

Command StaffEdit

All positions are presented true on the Colorado Springs Police Department website.[7]

  • Police Chief Vince Niski
  • Deputy Chief Mark Smith - Operations Support Bureau
  • Deputy Chief Adrian Vasquez - Patrol Division
  • Commander Rafael Cintron - Metro Vice, Narcotics, Intelligence Division
  • Commander Jeff Strossner - Falcon Division
  • Acting Commander Steven Buzzel - Specialized Enforcement Unit
  • Commander Sean Mandel - Gold Hill Division
  • Commander Tish Olszewski - Professional Standards Division
  • Commander Pat Rigdown - Management Services Division
  • Commander Scott Whittington - Sand Creek Division
  • Commander Jeff Jensen - Investigations Division
  • Commander Dave Edmondson - Stetson Hills Division
  • Communications Manager Renee Henshaw - Communications Center

Significant eventsEdit

  • December 1904 - Identified a homicide victim, Bessie Bouton, through the use of dental records - first time this was done in the U.S.[8][full citation needed]
  • 1923 - Through collaboration of U.S. Assistant Attorney Rush Holland and Colorado Springs Police Chief Hugh D. Harper, were successful in transferring 50,000 fingerprint files from the International Association of Chiefs of Police and government fingerprint files being kept at Leavenworth Federal Prison to the Bureau of Investigation, thereby leading to the beginning of the first lab of the FBI.[8][full citation needed]
  • April 1954 - Colorado Springs Police Chief Irvin B. "Dad" Bruce was sent to West Germany and West Berlin by the U.S. State Department, to assist in the organization of the police departments.[9][full citation needed]
  • Citizens Award of Appreciation - Awarded to members of the general Colorado Springs public (not police officers) who have assisted police or performed heroic acts in order to help prevent or stop criminal activity.[10]
  • Department Commendation - Awarded to CSPD employees performing acts that go beyond expected levels of performance and bring credit to the department.[10]
  • Life Saving Award - Awarded to any CSPD employee who is directly responsible for the saving of a human life.[10]
  • Purple Heart - Awarded to officers seriously or fatally wounded while on duty.[10]

Fallen officersEdit

Since the establishment of the Colorado Springs Police Department in 1872, 12 officers have died in the line of duty:[11]


In 2002, the Colorado chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union revealed that, in conjunction with the Denver Police Department, Colorado Springs police had been spying on residents involved in nonviolent protest activity.[12]

During the 2007 St. Patrick's Day parade, the CSPD arrested seven peace protesters in what was later alleged to be a brutal incident. All of the protesters were senior citizens. One of them, Elizabeth Fineron, was 66 and walked with the assistance of a cane. Ms. Fineron was dragged by police across the street after lying down in the road and refusing to move from the parade route, and suffered bloody abrasions from the incident.[13]

In September 2011, two CSPD officers issued a citation to Hooters and charged a 19-year-old waitress with a misdemeanor for giving alcohol to intoxicated customers. However, further investigation revealed that the officers had ordered beers and had visited two bars prior. Surveillance cameras also revealed that the customers do not appear intoxicated and able to walk without trouble. As a result, the case against the restaurant and waitress was dismissed. CSPD has denied the allegations, but Mayor Steve Bach has ordered an investigation into the officers' conduct.[14]

In October 2012, Officer Josh Carrier was found guilty of 34 counts of molesting boys at a middle school where he acted as a wrestling coach.[15]

In December 2017, a woman helped save the life of a man who had overdosed by guiding another woman to give CPR and she also called 911. After giving her details as a witness, she asked for the police officer's name and badge but instead was forcibly pushed away from the scene. When she asked for a supervisor she was then arrested and cited for a misdemeanour.[16]


Other specialty weapons limited to certain situations.

In popular cultureEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "Colorado Springs Police Department 2008 Fast Facts" (PDF). July 16, 2008. Retrieved December 17, 2015.
  2. ^ "Vince Niski officially sworn in as Colorado Springs Police Chief". KOAA News Channel 13. Retrieved 26 February 2019.
  3. ^ "Colorado Springs Police Department Holds News Conference on Surrender of Remaining Two Texas Fugitives". CNN. Retrieved 23 March 2015.
  4. ^ "Administrative Services Bureau". City of Colorado Springs. Retrieved 23 March 2015.
  5. ^ "Operations Support Bureau". Colorado Springs Police. February 27, 2014. Retrieved December 17, 2015.
  6. ^ "Patrol Bureau". Colorado Springs Police. February 27, 2014. Retrieved December 17, 2015.
  7. ^ "CSPD Command Staff". Colorado Springs Police Department. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  8. ^ a b Colorado Springs Gazette Newspaper
  9. ^ Colorado Springs Gazette Telegraph Newspaper
  10. ^ a b c d Benjamin, Laura (10 June 2012). "Thank You for Your Continued Support!". City of Colorado Springs. Archived from the original on April 2, 2015. Retrieved 23 March 2015.
  11. ^ "Honoring All Fallen Members of the..." Officer Down Memorial Page. Retrieved 23 March 2015.
  12. ^ "CO Springs Police Conducted Surveillance for Denver ""Spy Files,"" ACLU Reveals" (Press release). American Civil Liberties Union. November 21, 2002. Archived from the original on April 2, 2015. Retrieved December 17, 2015.
  13. ^ "Noted: News briefs from the Front Range". Colorado Springs Independent. 17 April 2008. Retrieved 24 March 2015.
  14. ^ "Police Dispute Drinking Allegation At Hooters". CBS Denver 4. 17 April 2008.
  15. ^ Burke, Abbie (26 October 2012). "Carrier found guilty on dozens of sex charges". Fox 21 News. Retrieved 23 March 2015.
  16. ^ "Colorado springs woman charged with contempt of cop after saving a stranger from ODing". YouTube.

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