Job Assignments: Police Services
Fort Collins Police Services offers a superb salary and benefits package in a profession delivering incomparable job satisfaction, camaraderie, and excitement. The department offers a fantastic opportunity for career development, promotion and special assignments. Once probationary status has culminated, your career opportunities open widely to an array of available positions or promotions. Those promotions can include Sergeant, Lieutenant, and Captain, all based on your own personal desire, ambition and accomplishments. Lateral duty assignments are abundant within our department and include the following:
- Crimes against Persons Unit
- Property Crimes Unit
- Financial Crimes Unit
- School Resource Officer
- Traffic Unit
- District One
- Drug Task Force Unit
- Criminal Impact Unit
- Forensic Services Unit
- Neighborhood Enforcement Team (NET)
Numerous collateral assignments are available for officers to become involved in. Officers must have two years of service with the department and have successfully completed probation. Collateral positions are held in conjunction with your primary assignment as patrol officer or detective.
- Bike Team
- Bomb Squad
- Field Training Team
- Drug Interdiction Team
- Instructors- Firearms, Defensive Tactics and Driving
- Crime Scene Investigator (CSI)
- Crisis Negotiators
- Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT)
- Technical Accident Investigation Team (CRASH)
- K9 Handler
Crimes against Persons Unit:
This unit primarily investigates:
- Sexual and physical assaults on both adults and children
- Internet crimes against children
- Officer involved shootings
Unit detectives handle an ongoing case load with the primary mission being aggressive investigation and prosecution of all crimes assigned, long term victim assistance and education to the community on crime prevention.
Property Crimes Unit:
The primary mission of the Property Crimes Unit is to actively investigate major property crimes such as:
- Auto Theft
- Pawn Violations
Additionally, Property Crimes Detectives work closely with the Criminal Impact Unit, Drug Task Force and Financial Crimes Units to target repeat offenders since they are frequently involved in other criminal activity.
Financial Crimes Unit:
This Unit investigates a variety of financial related crimes including:
- Identity Theft
School Resource Officer:
The School Resource Officer (SRO) program is a problem-solving approach to reducing crime by assigning specially trained officers to each of the traditional junior high and high schools in the district to establish an ongoing rapport with students, staff and parents.
The program, which began in 1995, is the result of a partnership between Fort Collins Police Services and the Poudre School District, and has three basic goals:
- to provide a safe learning environment and help reduce school violence
- to improve school/ law enforcement collaboration
- to improve perceptions and relations between students, staff, and law enforcement officials
Fort Collins Police Services SRO's, cover thirty-four school sites. Services are provided to high school campuses, junior highs and alternative education sites. In addition to their primary school(s) coverage, each SRO has two or three elementary schools they work with as well.
While the primary duty is to reduce crime in the schools, SROs often find themselves teaching class, talking with students, and making referrals to other agencies to help solve individual student and/or family problems.
Besides working with individual students, SROs are committed to the community policing concepts regarding their schools and surrounding neighborhoods. Officers work on traffic issues, noise and litter complaints, drug sales, and safety in nearby parks and business areas. Findings have shown that most problems can be solved or minimized by establishing partnerships with students, staff, parents and other members of the community.
The Fort Collins Police Services Traffic Unit is dedicated to increasing traffic safety through both general and targeted enforcement of state and municipal traffic laws.
Officers employ a variety of traffic enforcement methods in their daily activities including:
- unmarked enforcement vehicles
- police motorcycles
- photo radar enforcement
- problem oriented policing approach to specific traffic issues.
The C.R.A.S.H. (Collision Reconstruction and Scene Handling) team is a subsidiary team within the traffic unit. This team is on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for technical accident reconstruction in accidents involving serious bodily injury or death, and is comprised of both officers and detectives throughout the agency.
District One: Old Town Police Center
The District One police community center serves the northeast section of Fort Collins and is located at 144 N. Mason Street, Suite 1 (southwest end of the Laporte parking structure) across from the Larimer County Justice Center. The District office helps establish a visible law enforcement presence in the Old Town area.
The District One's team goals is to create community partnerships that reduce crime and disorder by carefully examining the characteristics of the neighborhood and then applying appropriate problem-solving remedies. Officers help community members mobilize support and resources to solve problems and enhance their quality of life. The station is staffed by volunteers who have been taught how to make police reports, disseminate resource information and network with people from public agencies who provide a variety of services to the community.
The Old Town Police Center also houses a historic police museum and offers a community meeting room for public use. The public is welcome to visit the Police Center during business hours.
Criminal Impact Unit:
The Criminal Impact Unit exists for the purpose of identifying patterns of serious criminal activity and offenders that pose a significant risk to the community and actively work to minimize these risks. The primary duties of the Criminal Impact Unit include:
- fugitive apprehension
- repeat offender investigations
- sex offender registration and compliance
- gang investigations
Additionally CIU assists other agencies or Fort Collins Police units with warrant service, surveillance, suspect location and apprehension.
Forensic Services Unit:
The Forensic Services Unit is comprised of two crime scene detectives, two forensic s analyst detectives, a sergeant, and a civilian investigative aide.
Neighborhood Enforcement Team (NET)
The Neighborhood Enforcement Team is comprised of nine officers, one civilian and one Sergeant. This patrol based unit focuses on community policing strategies in the neighborhoods of Fort Collins.