Chief of Police

I am pleased to welcome you to the Glenwood Springs Police Department’s website. It is the highlight of my career and pleasure to provide our police services with dignity, integrity and respect for everyone. We believe our team is the gold standard in law enforcement. We stand firm behind this distinction based on our successes with our community relationships, training and effective Constitutional policing.

 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. The goal of our website is to provide detailed information and access to our team and any services you may need. I enthusiastically encourage you to contact me with ideas you might have about your police department. Respectful and open communication are critical components of collaborative community policing efforts.  My goal is to make our web pages and social media platform good sources of current information for our citizens and visitors to our community.

 It is my honor and distinct pleasure to serve as your Police Chief, placing me in the position to work alongside a staff of such dedicated, professional and highly trained men and women. I am very proud of our team and we are grateful for your trust. We 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 in working collaboratively to maintain a safe and enjoyable community in which to live and visit.

Your police department comprises a Lieutenant who oversees Field Operations and a Lieutenant who oversees Administrative Services. Our core services provide patrol Officers, Detectives, School Resource Officers, Community Response Officers (Code Enforcement/Parking Control) and Professional Support personnel.

We are committed to the co-production of public safety services with all of you which is the cornerstone of our culture. This positions us to have the flexibility 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 email at

Joseph H. Deras
Chief of Police