Welcome to the Rifle Police Department Patrol Division
The Rifle Police Department has 20 sworn personnel and 6 civilian personnel. The patrol division currently occupies 14 of those positions. The sworn patrol division includes two Sergeants, four Corporals, seven Patrol Officers and one School Resource Officer .
In addition to regular patrol duties, officers are encouraged to partner with residents and proactively address crime and problems in our community.
Patrol Division Responsibilities The Patrol Division is responsible for protecting the City of Rifle 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This is accomplished in a number of ways including some of the following:
Respond to emergency calls including: medical emergencies, crimes in progress, and motor vehicle accidents
Patrol the neighborhoods in the City of Rifle in a marked patrol vehicle.
Provide extra patrol in traffic hot spots, and school zones.
Proactively investigate and prevent crimes.
Write and serve search warrants.
Make arrests for law violations and arrest warrants.
Write reports, and testify in court as needed.
Duties & Training Patrol Officers have lateral duties and specialized training in areas such as:
Several of the Patrol Officers have achieved an instructor status in Law Enforcement and Public Safety skills including:
Intermediate Weapons (such as Tasers and Batons)
Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST or Roadside Maneuvers)
Requirements for Police Officers differ from State to State. Officers in Colorado are required to be P.O.S.T. Certified, meeting the standards of training set by the State of Colorado. The Peace Officer Standards and Training Academy prepares someone to be hired by a law enforcement agency but their training continues once hired by the agency they will work for.
In the City of Rifle, a new Officer will enter an intensive 16 week Field Training Program. This program teaches the Officer geographical layout of the city, Rifle Municipal Codes, Rifle Police Department policy and procedures and reinforces the skills learned in an academy. At the conclusion of the 16 weeks, an Officer in training must show proficiency in all categories before being released on their own.
Officers also typically attend several various training courses every year, some to maintain proficiency and others to learn new skills.