Manitou Springs Police Department

The Manitou Springs Police Department (MSPD) typically handles more than 10,000 calls for service each year. Most involve routine matters, such as citizen assists and complaints, but others may involve assaults, thefts, and illegal drugs. The MSPD is a community-oriented policing agency that practices a proactive form of law enforcement, believing that preventing crime is top priority. 

The MSPD, comprising of a Chief of Police, an Administrative Sergeant, 2 Patrol Sergeants, 13 Sworn Officers and 1 Civilian, serves 5200 residents in a 3-square mile area. Manitou’s population can triple daily during the tourist season, which runs from late spring to early fall.

Our Mission

The Mission of the Manitou Springs Police Department is to build and maintain a sense of safety and a high quality of life through exemplary customer service.

Our Vision

The Manitou Springs Police Department envisions itself as a professional, well trained department guided by our values to make the City of Manitou Springs a safe and enjoyable place to live, work and visit.

Social Policing Philosophy

Our focus on addressing social issues, through assistance and community support, which lead to crime will thereby reduce crime in the long term, lower fear of crime and enhance quality of life.

Our Values


We uphold the public’s trust and maintain the highest standards of ethical and moral character.


We endeavor to always be truthful, sincere and fair.


We treat everyone with appropriate courtesy, value, and dignity.


We strive to be helpful, to be thorough, and to excel in our duties.

Memorandum of Understanding

In accordance with Colorado Revised Statutes 16-2.5-301. Peace officer-involved shooting investigations, the Manitou Springs Police Department has a Memorandum of Understanding in place with the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office to investigate major cases at the request of the Police Chief. The established Memorandum of Understanding incorporates an Officer involved shooting.