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, Assistant to the Chief, five Commanders, and two administrative assistants.
Patrol Division - Acting Commander Monce Portillo, Acting Commander Nick Struck
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 Community Services Unit and School Resource Officers also work out of this division.
Investigations Division - Commander Frank Acosta
Investigations (Detectives), Property and Evidence, Victim Services. The detectives investigate unsolved 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. Victim Services, Coordinated by Kimberly Messina, provides information and support to victims of crime.
Professional Standards and Training - Commander Al Sharon
Internal and External training as well as maintaining organizational integrity.
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. We also are the Police Records section that is responsible for all crime, incident and crash reports within the city.
Youth Services Division - Commander Doug Imfeld
The Juvenile 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.
The department’s mission includes the following responsibilities:
- Enforcing laws and preserving public safety and order;
- Reducing crime and disorder through prevention and intervention;
- Responding to community needs through partnerships and joint problem‑solving;
- Investigating and reporting serious and non‑serious crimes for prosecution;
- Providing information and service referrals; and
- Managing and administering BPD operations