Strategic Plan Goal: Enhanced Livability & Sense of Place

Customer Service Strategy:

The Durango Police Department will meet citizens in their time of need and strive to deliver constitutional policing services above all expectations. Our dedicated employees will engage with compassion to improve the overall health and wellness of the citizens and visitors we serve; while valuing the preservation of human life, maintaining the highest ethical standards, treating all individuals with dignity and respect, and holding themselves and others accountable for their actions. We will approach every situation with the mindset to protect, serve and care for our community, inspiring public trust and confidence along the way.

Core Functions:

  • Uphold the Charter of the City of Durango the laws of Colorado and Constitution of the United States
  • Maintain public order
  • Investigate crimes
  • Protect people & property

Budget by Strategic Plan Goal

FY 2023 Total Budget: $9,449,500

FY 2023 General fund: $9,288,800

Total FTE's: 77

Performance Results:

Number of Injury/Fatal Crashes Injury/Fatal crashes is the number of reported public street crashes involving motor vehicles, bicyclists or pedestrians where someone was injured or killed.

Part 1 Crimes in Durango (per 1,000 population) Part 1 crimes are defined by the FBI as Aggravated Assault, Arson, Auto Theft, Burglary, Homicide, Rape, Robbery, and Theft. Part 1 crimes are the standard set of criminal offenses that law enforcement agencies across the county collect data and report statistics for on an annual basis

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Strategic Operating Actions:

1. Safety: police and emergency services

1.1 Improve community health and well-being by promoting a safe community where people can live, work, and play by strengthening community involvement in resident safety.

1.2 Increase public safety operation efficiency.

2022 Strategic Results:

  • Property crime, violent crime cases, robbery, rape, Aggravated assualt cases all decreased first half of 2022, compared to 2021. Murder remained at 0 cases
  • Partnered with Fort Lewis College to present Sexual Assault awareness to all incoming freshmen.
  • Implemented Safe Serve Colorado with outreach to local restraunts, training 50 servers and bartenders by the first half of the year
  • Collaborated with 6th Judicial District to evaluate feasibiliy and potential impact on recidivism to set no-bond conditions in some instances
  • Launched the Lock-It-Or-Loose-It campaign about locking up personal property and motor vehicles

2023 Strategic Deliverables:

  • Corona software, we will be focusing on data for patrol staffing, obligated time, and high crime areas. The data will be used to be more efficient and focused to refine strategic objectives and maximize staffing in the furtherance of mission-specific goals
  • Ongoing Community engagement
  • Precision policing and partnering with municipal and county prosecutor’s efforts
  • Crime reduction
  • Continued focused on crime hot-spots within the community
  • Data analysis to identify causation factors and location reducing Traffic Crashes
  • Code Enforcement
  • Camping and RV Enforcement
  • Training and Professional Development

Service Enhancements:

Code enforcement pickup $36,000, Axon interview room camera contract with a five-year payment of $4,788, Civilian Digital Evidence Technician $70,000, ode enforcement pickup $36,000, Axon interview room camera contract with a five-year payment of $4,788, Civilian Digital Evidence Technician $70,000, Rescue vehicle $285,000.

Service Reductions:

Maintaining current service levels

2022 Positions:

2023 Positions