Patrol is divided into three shifts: days, swings and graves. Officers patrol the city limits of Gunnison, which includes Western Colorado University and has a seven mile service area to assist the Gunnison County Sheriff's Office or Colorado State Patrol when requested. Patrol consists of eight patrol officers and three patrol sergeants who work 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. A patrol officer can be contacted through the Gunnison Regional Communications Center by dialing 911 for emergencies or (970) 641-8200 for non-emergencies.
Patrol provides a visible police presence throughout the City of Gunnison. This presence is intended to increase effectiveness in the areas of crime prevention and quick response to emergency calls. Officers in marked squad cars are regularly seen on calls for service, such as investigating traffic accidents, enforcing traffic laws, or engaging in proactive patrol in neighborhoods. They are responsible for answering service calls ,including civil and domestic disputes, apprehending criminal offenders, as well as many other duties.
Patrol officers have the option to use bicycles as a method of patrolling the City of Gunnison. The use of bicycles instead of cars can make police officers more approachable. Bicycles enhance the mobility and range of foot patrols. Bicycles are also effective crime-fighting tools when used properly. The bikes are nearly silent in operation and many violators do not realize that an approaching person on a bike is actually a police officer. If the criminal attempts to flee on foot, the riding police officer has a speed advantage while able to quickly dismount if necessary.
A portion of patrol's time is spent conducting traffic enforcement. Patrol officers go on directed patrols which target areas such as school zones, pedestrian crossings or the downtown business district. In addition to directed patrols, patrol officers are on the lookout for common traffic violations, bike violations, and pedestrian violations. The City of Gunnison has adopted the State of Colorado Model Traffic Code, and traffic fines are based on the state's fine schedule.
During periods of severe weather or high calls for service an ACCIDENT ALERT may be established. During these periods drivers involved in a accident that does not involve injuries, drugs/alcohol, blockage or extensive vehicle damage may exchange personal and insurance information. A counter report must be filed by both drivers within 24 hours. Forms may be obtained in person at the Police Department or online. Completed forms may be e-mailed to: PoliceGeneral@gunnisonco.gov, turned in to the police department in person, or mailed to:
Gunnison Police Department
P.O. Box 239
Gunnison, CO 81230
P.O. Box 239
Gunnison, CO 81230
Intoxicated drivers can be on our roads at any part of the day. It is estimated that one in ten drivers are under the influence of alcohol or drugs while driving. Patrol officers are trained to detect intoxicated drivers and process them for DUI. The Colorado Department of Revenue, Division of Motor Vehicles has additional information on DUIs.
Patrol officers respond to every fire, medical, and alarm call dispatched in the City of Gunnison. Officers are responsible for assisting Fire and EMS with scene safety and may provide First Aid or CPR when required. Officers are trained in the use of Automated External Defibrillators (AED) and carry an AED during their patrol shift.
Patrol officers investigate all types of criminal cases and are commonly dispatched to alcohol violations, disturbances, thefts, assaults, suspicious activities, prowlers, burglaries, and vandalisms. Patrol officers investigate criminal violations of Gunnison Municipal Code and Colorado Revised Statutes.