No. Officers are expected to enforce traffic laws every shift and have complete discretion on issuing a ticket or not. Overall, officers give significantly more warnings than tickets.
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Signage has been and continues to be posted at the entrance of roads leading into and through Erie. Yes, some of the signs provide quick notice but the Town is not allowed to place them in other jurisdictions. What does this mean for a truck driver? For a truck driver not doing business in the Town of Erie, the driver should exit (right or left turn as appropriate) on the first road available. The Town has not and would never expect a truck driver to “back up or complete a U-turn”. This is simply unsafe.
All sworn Police Officers of the Erie Police Department share the responsibility of responding to code enforcement complaints. In addition, the Town of Erie Building Inspector/Code Enforcement Officer is responsible for all building and zoning complaints and violations.
While the Erie Police Department appreciates the interest and support, they are unable to provide police patches due to security concerns.
What can I do if I become a victim of Identity Theft or Fraud?
If you become the victim of identity theft, it is important to act immediately to stop the thief’s further use of your identity. Immediately make a report to the Erie Police Department by contacting Dispatch at 303-441-4444. You may be required to complete an Identity Theft or Fraud Packet. These packets, and additional information can be found online at https://www.erieco.gov/258/Report-A-Fraud.
There are several common frauds/scams we have seen an influx in.
Phone scams are pretty common. The criminal(s) call, identifying themselves as someone such as being a police officer, being with the IRS or being with a financial institution. The criminal may attempt to gain personal identifying or banking information by asking you to confirm your name, date of birth, social security number and account numbers.
The criminal may also request you purchase a gift card or multiple gift cards of their specified choosing (such as Amazon or Apple gift cards). The criminal may make threats such as putting a warrant out for your arrest if you don’t comply and provide the gift card number on the back of the gift card(s).
Criminals also try to commit fraud by calling on Ad’s such as Craigslist and attempt to negotiate or send more money than what the item is selling or renting for. The criminal then persuades you to send them the amount over paid or provided account or personal identifying information.
Things to remember;
* The police do not accept any sort of payment via gift card.
* If you suspect a call is fraudulent involving a banking institution request, call the bank by looking up the number yourself and not calling the number provided by the possible criminal.
* Never provide any personal information to unsolicited phone calls.
* If it sounds too good to be true or sounds suspicious then trust your judgment and don’t provide information which would leave you open for being a victim of fraud.
It is unlawful for any person under the age of eighteen (18) years to be or remain in or upon any street, alley, park, playground, schoolyard, or other public area subsequent to the hour of ten o’clock (10:00) P.M., or prior to the hour of five o’clock (5:00) A.M., Sunday through Thursday, or subsequent to the hours of twelve o’clock (12:00) midnight on Friday and Saturday and prior to five o’clock (5:00) A.M. of the following day; provided, however, that the provisions of this subsection do not apply to a minor who is:
1. Engaged in lawful employment; or
2. Accompanied by a parent, guardian or other person of the age of twenty one (21) years, when that parent, guardian or person has permission to have the custody and care of such minor from the minor’s parent or guardian; or 3. Accompanied by any person between the age of eighteen (18) years and twenty one (21) years, having in his or her possession written permission from the parent or guardian of the minor to have the care or custody of such minor; or 4. Upon an emergency errand or legitimate business directed by the parent, guardian, or other adult person having the care and custody of the minor.
We are authorized 46 sworn officers. We also have one Code Enforcement Officer.
Officers utilize many different types of patrol to include: Car, Bike, and Foot. Due to Erie’s large geographical size, officers utilize a patrol car most often to maximize response time. Officers do foot patrol in various areas of Erie such as: parks, schools, business complexes, apartment complexes, etc. as calls for service allow. Officers also utilize foot patrol in Old Town doing bar checks and town events. Next time you see an Erie officer in Old Town, stop them and introduce yourself!
Officers are not trained or equipped to handing raccoons, skunks or other wild animals. These animals require special training and handling. Several local companies provide services for their relocation/removal. If the animal is considered to be wildlife (fox, deer, elk, etc) the correct contact would be Colorado Parks and Wildlife.
No, the Erie Police Department will not capture and relocated wildlife from private property. However, some incidents involving wildlife will be documented with a case repot.
Safe Gun StorageThousands of firearms are stolen in Colorado each year. Attorney General Phil Weiser has partnered with local law enforcement officials across Colorado to remind firearm owners to secure guns when not used to save lives. The Erie Police Department and 20th Judicial District Attorney Michael Dougherty, have collaborated to create public service announcements and share responsible ownership and safe storage tips. To view the recommendations and public service announcements, visit www.coag.gov/firearmsafety.
Some common safety tips include the following: