When a citizen calls to report a crime, an officer is usually sent to initiate the report. The responding officer conducts the initial investigation and is responsible for the collection of evidence. If the crime is serious or complex, the officer may request assistance from Investigations or the Crime Lab. Some reports may be taken by phone by the Telephone Reporting Unit at 303-980-7300. This is offered as a convenient service to citizens. For certain crimes, the citizen may be referred directly to Investigations to speak to a detective.
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The police department Ride-A-Long application can be found on this web site in Police Department under Ride-A-Long tab.
How do I swear out a warrant on an individual?
Citizens do not swear out warrants. Citizens need to file a complaint with the police department. If probable cause exists that someone has committed a crime the officer will apply for a warrant if appropriate.
It is unlawful for any person to make, continue or cause to be made or to permit or assist another to make, continue or cause to be made, any unreasonable noise which, under all of the circumstances presented, would annoy, injure or endanger the comfort, repose or peace of a person of ordinary sensitivities. The following noises and circumstances shall be deemed as prima facie unreasonable. Refer to Section 16-103 of the City Code for the full regulation.
If you and your neighbor are unable to talk your problems out, you may want to contact the department’s non emergency number 303-237-2220 or come to the police department to discuss the situation with an officer. Depending on the type of conflicts, an officer may refer you and your neighbor to mediation or to a specialized unit within the department.
Statistically, the WRPD dispatch center answers approximately 200,000 phone calls per year. Of the calls received, officers are dispatched to nearly 50,000 calls for service and officers generate another 50,000 police events. Many times our call load exceeds the number of officers available to respond immediately. Therefore we must prioritize calls for service.
In general, we are fortunate that we are able to respond to true emergency calls within three minutes. These are obviously our first priority. Other calls are divided in three additional categories of varying priority. All calls are dispatched according to where they fall within this prioritization (based upon all calls holding at any given time period). This is a dynamic process- a call which maybe the first to be dispatched at one moment, then may fall to 4-5 within seconds depending on what new calls come to the dispatch center.
Generally, calls are prioritized based upon 1) the gravity of the offense (what type of crime is being committed), 2) the urgency of action ( is someone being hurt or is someone is in danger) and 3) Probability of apprehension (are the perpetrators still at the location). This is the same basis used for assigning follow-up investigations. Many times a single event (especially vandalism or car break-ins) is not "cleared" by catching the suspects while they are committing the crime. Often we have to conduct an analysis of many separate events, using pieces of information learned from each of these events, to make a criminal case. We employ two analysts to assist with this task. Unfortunately, the clearance rate for these types of crimes is not high, either in Wheat Ridge or other parts of the country. The Wheat Ridge Police Department strongly encourages you to report all incidents to us so we can examine all the pieces as outlined above. If an officer has not followed-up with you as promised, we encourage you to contact the shift supervisor thru our dispatch center 303-237-2220.