The Brighton Police Department (BPD) is responsible for general public safety; prevention of crime; responding to and investigating crime; apprehension of those who commit crime; public order; traffic safety; criminal justice records; and safety education. The department is service oriented and serves the community by building partnerships to address crime and crime-related problems, which is commonly referred to as a community-oriented or community-based policing philosophy.
While there are many examples of success using this approach, one example is the work our officers have done with graffiti in our neighborhoods. Officers and citizens have taken a proactive approach to address this problem plaguing many communities. Other community crime prevention programs include School Resource Officers, Bike patrol, liaisons with groups and other agencies, mentoring programs, and others. The department is involved in many other prevention, intervention and educational programs.
Police Administration - Chief Paul Southard
The Brighton Police Administration consists of the Chief of Police, Deputy Chief, and three administrative assistants.
Deputy Chief of Police - Matthew Domenico
Deputy Chief oversees and supports all divisions within the Brighton Police Department, as well as assisting the Chief of Police.
Patrol Division - Commander Monce Portillo, Commander Chad Wooten
The Patrol Division is responsible for the enforcement functions of the department. It is broken down into three primary sections, which are separated into specific work units. The three sections are: Watch I (Dayshift Patrol); Watch II and III (Afternoon and Evening Patrol); This division provides all the uniformed patrol officers who patrol the city and respond to calls for service. The Commerce City-Brighton SWAT team also falls under this division.
Investigations Division - Commander Justin Moore
The Investigations Division includes investigations (detectives), property and evidence, and records. The detectives investigate crimes and file felony charges with the District Attorney's Office. Property and evidence manages all of the evidence booked in by officers and detectives and provides crime scene processing technology and assistance. The records section is responsible for the retention and release of police records.
Professional Standards and Training - Commander Frank Acosta
The Professional Standards and Training Division is responsible for internal and external training, maintaining organizational integrity, and policy management.
Community Services Division - Commander Doug Imfeld
The Community Services Division provides non‑emergency services to the public. Community Service Officers are responsible for enforcing the Municipal Codes of the City of Brighton, including loose animals, animal-related violations, and violations that influence the quality of life for Brighton residents.
Youth Services Division - Commander Doug Imfeld
The Youth Services Division includes School Resource Officers involved in year-round services and programs to benefit and guide the youth in 27J Schools and the Brighton community.
Victim Services Division - Manager Kimberly Messina
The Brighton and Commerce City Victim Services Unit is staffed by highly-trained advocates who are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Victim advocates respond immediately to the scene of a crime, accident, or victim's home at the request of a police officer. Victim advocates not only support victims through the immediate trauma, but they also provide follow-up with referral information to further aid victims and their families through the healing process.