Police Department, Department Guide
Office of the Public Safety Chief
Public Safety Chief: Mike Butler
(303) 651 - 8555
The Public Safety Chief is responsible for the overall management of the police department. In 2008, he also began proving oversight for the fire department as well.
The chief is the lead ambassador to the citizens of Longmont in
developing police/community partnerships, as well as promoting community policing
as a way of increasing public safety in Longmont.
When asked, how safe is Longmont? Chief Butler routinely says, "It depends on who you live with". This is because domestic violence, violence involving intimate partners, is Longmont's number one safety issue. Although Longmont generally averages one homicide a year, most homicides in Longmont are as a result of domestic violence. Chief Butler has worked diligently to raise awareness to the part that residents play in reducing domestic violence in our community with the inception of LEVI (Longmont Ending Violence Initiative).
Chief Butler is also a big supporter of restorative justice and the work that the Longmont Community Justice Partnership (LCJP) is engaged in with our schools and the larger community. He believes their work has significantly reduced the number of repeat offenders and contributes to a sense of security in our town. Restorative justice offers an important option to the punitive approach of justice and gives the offender the opportunity to choose accountability, and for the victim to be heard.These are important practices to nurture, especially for our youth as we aim to put them on the right decision making path early in their lives.
Duties of the police chief include: responsibility for overall management
of the police department; review of department policy, training and activity
to evaluate and improve overall performance and efficiency; budget development/presentation;
assistance in development of regulatory ordinances regarding public safety.
Professional Standards Unit (PSU):
The Professional Standards Unit (PSU) is an investigative and administrative staff
unit primarily responsible for ensuring the integrity of the department. The
PSU Sergeant focuses on matters of alleged violations or misconduct by members
of the Longmont Police Department, promising impartial investigation of complaints,
facilitating prompt and just disciplinary action, and identifying organizational
conditions, which may contribute to misconduct, exposure to liability or poor
efficiency. Reporting directly to the police chief, the PSU has full authority
to conduct investigations without interference from any member. PSU is also responsible for policy manual updates, as well as working with
the commendation process for department members. To reach PSU to relay a complaint or a commendation about a member of the
police department, please email or call (303) 651 - 8537.
Crime and Information Research Analyst (CIRA):
The Crime Information and Research Analyst (CIRA) researches, compiles, analyses
and evaluates information and data which assist the department in planning
its services, training and resources. In addition, this position administers
and conducts surveys, provides cost-benefit analyses, compiles and edits the
Annual Report, and works with the needs of various police department/community
programs, as well as recommended technology upgrades. The department's Strategic
Plan is also administered and updated by the CIRA. To reach CIRA, please email or call
(303) 651 - 8541.
Office of Emergency Management (OEM)
The Office of Emergency Management works with local, government, state, federal, and volunteer organizations to provide resources and expertise through the four phases of emergency management: preparedness, response, recovery, mitigation. To speak with someone regarding efforts in Longmont, please email or call (303) 651-8433.