Special Operations

Commander John Anderson oversees the Special Operations Division and is responsible for the following units described below:

Animal Control

This unit is comprised of two full-time animal control officers who are responsible for animal licensing, animals at large, dangerous animals, returning lost animals to their owners, barking dogs, investigating dog bites and animal cruelty. To learn more about this unit, follow the links below:

Animal licensing
Animal license application
Barking dogs
Report a barking dog nuisance
Animal Control Unit's vehicle
Community Oriented Policing and Problem Solving (COPPS)
In 2013, the department formed our COPPS unit, which began addressing community issues and created several programs including the Crime Free Multi-Housing and Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) programs. Our COPPS officers have utilized problem-solving methods to address a variety of community issues regarding Home Owners Association (HOA) meetings, Downtown parking issues, special events, graffiti, and our schools.

Art Around the Rock has been a great tool assisting in the prevention of graffiti within the Town. Many of these murals can be found along the East Plum Creek Trail. The idea is part law enforcement science and part creativity. Police officers, planners, architects and the community work together to prevent crime at the start of a project. By creating something that positively impacts human behavior - such as painting murals on bridges - crime can be deterred. 
A mural of the silhouette of 2 girls holding hands and walking a dog
How to participate
Ideas for mural artwork go through an approval process. The program not only needs artists, but also supplies and volunteers. Individuals or groups interested in helping with Art Around the Rock can contacts Officer Morrissey, 303-663-6153 or by email.

Community Safety Volunteers (CSV)
The Community Safety Volunteer program is community policing in its most basic form. It is a structured way for residents to participate in helping provide for the safety and security of their own community. Volunteers support the major activities of the Police Department, such as patrol, traffic and community policing, and activities where their unique expertise and / or life experience will be of benefit.
The program has three broad goals:
   · Community relations
   · Neighborhood patrol
   · Officer support and assistance

Find out more about the CSV program here or by calling 303-663-6404 and via email

A police officer shooting radar out of his open window in his police cruiser
Douglas County Regional Special Weapons & Tactics (SWAT)
Castle Rock Police participates in the multi-agency Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) team. It consists of deputies from the Sheriff’s Office and officers from the Parker Police, Lone Tree Police and Castle Rock Police departments. The team was established to meet the special policing issues of our rapidly growing community. 

The team structure includes an Operations Commander, Tactical Commander and Team Leaders. Many elements are involved in the team including: entry, K-9, sniper, bomb squad, and a tactical paramedic unit. For further program details
Douglas County SWAT team
Officers in Schools
The department provides a full-time school resource officer (SRO) dedicated to Castle View High School and a full-time officer committed to delivering full-time Youth Education and Safety in Schools (YESS) instruction at the elementary and middle schools within the Town of Castle Rock.
In 2013, a partnership was formed with the Douglas County police departments, the Sheriff's office and the Douglas County School District. This program provides two school marshal officers (SMO) for our elementary, middle and charter schools.
School children
Special Events
The Town holds special events throughout the year. The Special Operations Division works with other personnel and is responsible for staffing the appropriate police personnel for all events - Town sponsored as well as outside vendors. More information may be found under the Town's Community Relations' webpage. Castle Rock events may also be found on the Castle Rock Events button within this website.
Special event with police vehicle
Traffic Unit
Castle Rock promotes traffic safety by requiring a number of specifically trained officers to be dedicated in collision investigation, enforcement of state and municipal traffic laws, speed enforcement, and drunken driving recognition. 

The Traffic Unit operates under the Data Driven Approaches to Crime and Traffic Safety (DDACTS) model, which integrates location-based crime and traffic data to establish effective methods for deploying law enforcement and other resources. Using geo-mapping to identify areas having high incidences of crime and crashes, DDACTS directs traffic enforcement strategies that play a dual role in fighting crime and reducing crashes and traffic violations.
Traffic Unit on scene with another vehicle