U.S. flag

An official website of the United States government, Department of Justice.

NCJRS Virtual Library

The Virtual Library houses over 235,000 criminal justice resources, including all known OJP works.
Click here to search the NCJRS Virtual Library

Colorado Springs, Colorado: An Example of Civilian and Military Police Cooperation

NCJ Number
THE POLICE CHIEF Volume: 76 Issue: 12 Dated: December 2009 Pages: 20,22,24
Ron Gibson
Date Published
December 2009
3 pages
This article describes the development of a collaboration between the Colorado Springs Police Department (CSPD) and military authorities in addressing criminal activity in the downtown entertainment district frequented by military personnel.
As a result of mutual efforts to open channels of communication and cooperation between the law enforcement agencies and military authorities in the Colorado Springs area, currently all military installations in the Colorado Springs metro area receive daily reports from the El Paso County Sheriff's Office that indicate any military personnel who have been incarcerated for felony crimes. The CSPD provides the monthly reports for misdemeanor and drunk driving arrests that involve known military personnel. This allows military unit commanders to be informed about problem behaviors of military personnel off base. During the summer of 2008, the Police/Provost Marshal Division Office was provided an office in the police operations center located just outside the downtown core area. This office is staffed with civilian personnel during weekends, and CSPD officers brought military personnel to this center for military processing. Since the summer of 2008, special agents from the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI) have participated in ride-alongs with CSPD officers on Friday and Saturday nights. In 2008, the CSPD began to see a significant improvement in the downtown environment. In order to institutionalize and integrate the cooperative relationship that evolved from this problem, the Civilian/Military Law Enforcement Collaborative was established in January 2009. Working groups established under this collaborative are the Operations, Plans, and Intelligence Subcommittee, the Command and Administrative Subcommittee, and the Training Subcommittee. These subcommittees meet monthly and have resulted in increased cooperation and openness in a broad range of areas. 1 figure