The Colorado Department of Public Safety is comprised of the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, Division of Homeland Security, Colorado State Patrol, Division of Criminal Justice and Fire Prevention and Control. These divisions were created by the state's legislature.
44 men began the Colorado State Patrol in 1935, with four law enforcement agencies located throughout the state. At that time, there weren't any radio communications available to officers, so when there was an emergency a red flag was posted outside gas stations that received calls from the dispatcher. As per the state's Patrol Act, these officers are charged with promoting safety, protection of human life and preservation of Colorado highways.
Divisions of Colorado Police
The Colorado Bureau of Investigation provides investigative and forensic laboratory services to state, county and local government agencies. It also records criminal record data and manages its distribution and protection.
The Division of Criminal Justice provides funds to criminal justice offices throughout the state. These funds are procured through grants, budget allowances and research.
Colorado's State Patrol is charged with protecting the state's capitol, its governor and enforcing traffic laws.
The Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management responds to hazardous events and acts of terrorism, while working to prevent such events and protecting civilians during the process.
The Division of Fire Prevention and Control enforces local fire codes and certifies firefighters. It also educates the public and law enforcement on wildfire prevention and coordinates responses to such events.
Requesting Colorado Police Records
Statewide criminal records are maintained by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation. Juvenile records, personally identifiable information, warrants and sealed records are not available for the public to review. Local police stations maintain information on registered sex offenders on their websites. Arrest records available through the Colorado Bureau of Investigation are required to be supported by fingerprint information, but all such records except those named above are available for public viewing.