Chief of Police

I am pleased to welcome you to the Glenwood Springs Police Department’s web site. It is the highlight of my career and pleasure to serve our community and provide police services with dignity, respect for everyone and integrity which we believe are the gold standard in our industry.

I am eager to invite you to browse our webpage and familiarize yourself with the various dimensions of our department. I hope you find this to be informative as there are several resources available to you here.  The goal of our web site is to provide detailed information and access to our team and any services you may need. As you browse through our pages, I encourage you to contact me with ideas you might have about police department matters you feel would be of interest to others. My goal is to make our pages a good source of current information for our citizens and visitors to our community.

It is my honor and distinct pleasure to have been selected as your Police Chief, placing me in the position to work alongside a staff of such dedicated and highly trained men and women. We are grateful for your trust and endeavor to work with every member of the community in achieving our mission, “to protect with integrity and courage to serve with honor and compassion”.

Public safety is our top priority in Glenwood Springs. We are committed to building on the solid and long-established partnerships with our residents, schools, civic organizations and businesses. We believe that working collaboratively we can maintain a safe and enjoyable community in which to live and visit.

Your police department has 34 authorized position. These positions consist of a Lieutenant who oversees Field Operations and a Lieutenant who oversees Administrative Services. It also includes Patrol Officers, Detectives, School Resource Officer, Community Response Officers (Code Enforcement/Parking Control) and Professional Support personnel.

Our team believes in the co-production of public safety services which is the cornerstone of our culture. This enables us to respond to the needs of the community with the most effective, contemporary and best practices in American law enforcement. In every contact, we strive to deliver excellent customer service with our primary focus of ensuring the safety and well-being of our citizens and visitors.

Thank you again for visiting our website and I can be reached by office phone at 970-384-6500 or via email

Joseph H. Deras
Chief of Police