Commander Sam Varela oversees the Patrol Division and is responsible for 47 sworn officers, which includes six sergeants and six corporals.
Most likely, if you call for police assistance, an officer in a black and white police car from the Patrol Division will respond. These men and women patrol the streets 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Patrol officers work a 4/10 shift schedule and are split into a total of six watches. Watches I, II and III work the A side of the week (Sunday-Wednesday) with an identical watch schedule working the B side of the week (Wednesday-Saturday). Their duties are many, including what most would consider traditional law enforcement:
- Response to emergencies and in-progress crimes
- Conduct on-scene investigations, including fingerprinting, photography, interviewing, and interrogation
- Write crime reports documenting incidents
- Arrest and book criminal offenders
- Stop traffic violators and warn or cite the driver
- Patrol their assigned area, checking residential and business areas for illegal activity
In addition to all these duties, patrol officers have several other responsibilities. Castle Rock police officers work within the COPPS philosophy (Community Oriented Policing and Problem Solving). Our patrol officers are assigned to specific areas for at least six months at a time.
- They are expected to get to know their area, the streets, the residents, and businesses.
- They are expected to know the criminal element and problem locations within their area.
- They are proactive and become involved in community activities and events.
- When incidents are not best solved by traditional means, patrol officers are encouraged to use unconventional problem-solving techniques such as mediation, counseling, and referral to other agencies. Solving neighborhood or community problems often requires several meetings with involved parties.
- The Bike Unit operates May through August of each year patrolling our trails, parks, schools, neighborhoods, retail centers, and many Town Events.
- A Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) connects individuals suffering from mental health issues with the appropriate levels of mental health services. The goals of CIT are to train law enforcement officers in the recognition of mental illness, to enhance their verbal crisis de-escalation skills, and to provide more streamlined access to community-based mental health services.
- Explorer Unit, Post #401, is a division of the Boy Scouts of America and is an organization for young adults (ages 14 to 21).
- Field Training Officers are a dedicated group of officers responsible for the training of all new police officers.
- The Castle Rock Police Department’s Honor Guard Unit formed in 2016. To request Honor Guard services, fill out their request form.
- The K9 Unit consists of Officer Matthew Fellows and Police Service Dog Shogun. Shogun is a Dutch Shepard.
To request a K9 demonstration, fill out the request form.
Our goal is to work with the members of our communities to continue keeping Castle Rock a safe, enjoyable and fun place to live, work and play. So the next time you see a patrol officer, wave and say hello.