The Littleton Police Department mission is to catch criminals and prevent crime, to comfort victims, and to treat everyone with respect.
The Littleton Police Department consists of two divisions; Patrol and Investigations/Support Services, and is responsible for public safety in the community as well as the safe flow of traffic in and through the community. The department accomplishes this by focusing on the core functions of Patrol and Investigations/Support Services.
The Patrol Division oversees all emergency responses and non-emergency calls 24 hours a day, seven days a week in the City of Littleton. Each patrol team comprising of officers, a corporal, and a sergeant, patrol the streets of the city to protect neighborhoods and businesses from criminal activity and to address quality of life issues. The patrol teams take all criminal and non-criminal reports and investigate all misdemeanor criminal activity. Supplementing the primary patrol teams are specific assignment teams such as the Traffic Unit, Special Enforcement Team, K9 Unit, School Resources Team, Parking Enforcement and Animal Control.
The Traffic Unit is primarily responsible for crash prevention and reduction through traffic enforcement techniques. The Traffic Unit investigates most traffic accidents and is on-call 24/7 for those that involve serious injury or death. The patrol teams are also responsible for traffic enforcement and crash prevention.
The Patrol Division also comprises School Resource Officers (SRO) who work each school day at Littleton and Heritage High Schools, Goddard, Powell, and Euclid Middle Schools, and Options/Pathways Secondary Program. The SROs strive to keep students and faculty free from crime while also building a positive relationship between the students and the police officers.
The Patrol Division also has a Special Enforcement Team (SET) supervised by a sergeant that works proactively to address pattern crime, hot spots, and special crime prevention assignments. This team maintains a flexible work schedule to deploy as needed depending on crime issues or special event assignments.
Investigations and Support Services Division
The Investigations Division investigates all felony crimes committed in the City of Littleton. The division is staffed with detectives, a sergeant and a commander. The division is further supplemented by lab technicians who process all major crime scenes and are responsible for all items of evidence and property until the courts determine a resolution.
The division also includes the Victim Advocacy Unit that helps victims through the criminal justice process and provides for potential financial restitution.
The Support Services Division includes accreditation, training and recruitment, Records, and Communications. LPD is recognized as a nationally-accredited law enforcement agency by the Commission on Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). The purpose of the commission is to establish standards of professional excellence for public safety agencies, and to develop and administer a process to ensure compliance with professional excellence.
The Training and Recruitment Unit ensures all employees, commissioned and civilian, receive the highest quality of training and career development. This unit also identifies potential future personnel and screens them through pre-employment processes to ensure they meet LPD’s high standards to become members of our team.
The Records Unit maintains all department criminal records for the agency and is responsible for the dissemination of records to the proper authority. The Communications Unit receives over 100,000 telephone calls yearly including over 20,000 emergency calls via 911. The dispatchers are responsible for airing emergency and non-emergency calls and maintaining documentation of all the police unit locations and activities; providing a vital link between the community and the responding police officers.