Police Department

A Message from the Chief:
Chief Dan Brennan shares challenges and successes from 2015, looks ahead to 2016

Dear Wheat Ridge Community:

As 2015 comes to a close, I wanted to share some insight about the work we in the Wheat Ridge Police Department have done this year and the direction we are heading in for 2016 as we strive to provide exceptional law enforcement services. All of our work - whether in department-wide planning or providing law enforcement services - is designed to improve the public safety and quality of life in our community. Read more.

Overview
72 sworn officers and 33 civilian personnel, under the leadership of the Chief of Police, serve the City of Wheat Ridge's approximately 33,000 residents. WRPD has two divisions, Patrol and Support Services, and  receives an average 38,000 calls for service each year.  

 How is the department organized? Take a look at the WRPD Organization Chart
  1. Arrest warrant issued for Andrew Dean Howton, in connection with Feb. 4 stabbing of 30 yr. old woman

    An arrest warrant was issued today for Andrew Dean Howton (9-27-72) for Criminal Attempt 1st Degree Murder, a class two felony, in connection with the stabbing that occurred on February 4, 2016 at the Howard Johnson Hotel in Wheat Ridge. Read on...
  2. Person of interest in hotel stabbing identifed; police seek Westminster man for welfare check

    Wheat Ridge Police are looking to contact Andrew Howton (9-27-72) who is believed to be the individual seen in security footage exiting the Howard Johnson Hotel this morning at 6:59 AM. Read on...
  3. UPDATE WRPD investigate stabbing at Howard Johnson Hotel; seek info on person of interest, witnesses

    Wheat Ridge Police are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying three individuals: a male who is a person of interest in the stabbing that occurred this morning at the Howard Johnson Hotel on W. 44th Avenue and two men who are possible witnesses. PDF of Press Release with photos
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Critical Incident Response Team

The Wheat Ridge Police Department participates in a multi-agency team for an independent investigation, evaluation, and review of incidents involving discharge of a weapon by an officer that results in injury or death.  The team may also be called upon to investigate other critical incidents where a citizen was injured by an officer acting under the color of official law enforcement duties.  The Critical Incident Response Team conducts the investigation under the supervision of the First Judicial District Attorney's Office. 

The District Attorney's Office uses resources from surrounding agencies to ensure an unbiased investigation.  The District Attorney's Office prepares a report regarding the outcome of the review and criminal investigation and publishes that report on their website.  The policies and procedures for the Critical Incident Response Team and the independent review are published on the First Judicial District Attorney's website.
Core Values
Integrity: We will maintain integrity in all our actions.
Respect: We will treat citizens and co-workers with respect.
Courage: We will demonstrate courage to do what is right.
Perseverance: We will persevere in the face of adversity.
Initiative: We will take the initiative to serve and protect.