Police Department

The Eaton Police Department is a 24 hour operation with officers on duty round the clock to assist you. The Police citizen service window, located in the lobby is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. excluding weekends and holidays. VIN checks are available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. There is a ten dollar charge for this service, payable in advance. No VIN checks are conducted after 5:00 p.m. or on weekends.

The telephone numbers for the Eaton Police Department are (970) 454-2212. Faxes may be sent to (970) 454-3648.For emergency calls please dial 9-1-1. For non-emergency calls 24 hours a day, residents should call (970) 454-2212. After 5:00 p.m. and on weekends and holidays your call will be answered by a Weld County Dispatcher, who will dispatch an Eaton Officer to assist you.
 
The Eaton Police Department has a 24hr video camera in front of the Police Department for all civil exchanges.  The zone is marked with a green sign and there is a dedicated parking spot painted with green lines. 
It is unlawful for any minor who has not reached his or her sixteenth birthday to be or remain upon any streets or alleys or other public places within the Town, or to remain in any establishment open to the public generally within the Town, between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m., except:

(1) When accompanied by a parent, guardian or other person having legal care or custody of such minor, or

(2) For lawful employment,

(3) When such minor is in the custody of and accompanied by a person who has reached his or her eighteenth birthday and who has in his or her possession the written consent of such parent, guardian or other person having legal care or custody of such minor.
The Community Service Officer responds to animal control issues within the city limits of Eaton. However, the department does not do enforcement on felines. The department has cat traps available for residents to use on a first come basis. Traps may be checked out at the police department for up to a week at a time. Please call (970) 454-2212 to see if the traps are available. It is the responsibility of the resident capturing a cat in a trap to transport the animal to the Weld County Humane Society or a veterinarian of their choice. Any further questions regarding animal control issues may be directed to CSO Jenkins at 454-2212.

Dogs captured by the Eaton Police Department are housed at the Eaton Animal Den located at 231 S. Elm Ave. Residents who think their dog might have been picked up by the the police department may either call the police department at (970) 454-2212 or the Animal Den at (970) 454-3353.  THE EATON POLICE DEPARTMENT DOES NOT DEAL WITH CATS UNLESS IT IS A PUBLIC ENDANGERMENT SITUATION.

Drug Take Back Kiosk

The Eaton Police Department takes prescription drugs year round.  The green drop off kiosk is located in the main lobby and can accessed Monday-Friday 8am-5pm.  During closed hours you can contact 970-454-2212 and an Officer will collect your prescriptions drugs for the kiosk.  NO NEEDLES, NO MARIJUANNA, and NO CHEMO DRUGS.

Town of Eaton Municipal Code

Section 15-4-1 - Detached trailers, recreational vehicles and boats.


*Publication Date: 12/24/15
*Enforcement Date: 01/25/16

For purposes of this section, "trailer" means any wheeled vehicle that is without motive power and designed to be drawn by a motor vehicle. A "recreational vehicle" means campers, pickup campers or trailers containing living space and amenities found in a home that are without motive power and designed to be drawn by a motor vehicle. A "pickup camper" means a camper body capable of being loaded or unloaded from or to the bed of a pickup truck.

(2) No recreational vehicle shall be detached from a towing vehicle and left standing in any public right-of-way, except that a detached recreational vehicle may be left standing in the public right of way that adjoins and is contiguous to property owned by, leased by or otherwise in the control of the owner of the recreational vehicle for a period not to exceed twenty-four (24) hours.


*EXCEPTIONS* To 15-4-2

1) Out of Town Visitor: May apply for a permit at the Eaton Police Department for a period of 14 days. Visitor may reapply after the initial for additional 14 days (Total 28 days of permit).
Media outlets requesting information regarding a specific case being handled by the Eaton Police Department should contact the Public Information Officer (PIO). The designated PIO is Chief Kevin Sturch and he may be reached by calling (970) 454-2212,ext 101.

Eaton Municipal Court

PLEASE SEE MUNICIPAL COURT PULLDOWN FOR ZOOM COURT INSTRUCTIONS LOCATED UNDER THE DEPARTMENTS PULL DOWN FROM HOME PAGE
 
The Eaton Municipal Court may be reached by calling (970) 454-2212 and asking for the court clerk. Defendants wishing to request a continuance or wishing to pay a fine should speak with the court clerk Gowan at ext 100. Eaton Municipal Court holds sessions on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month in the auditorium of the Eaton Town Hall at 223 1st Street. Court begins at1:30 p.m. with check-in at 1:00 p.m. The Municipal Judge is Tree Ablao and the City Attorney is Avi Rocklin.

Eaton Municipal Code - Section 14-1-1

It shall be the duty of any person or persons actually occupying or using premises as owner, lessee or tenant thereof, within the corporate limits of the Town of Eaton, to keep the public sidewalk contiguous to the premises and grounds so occupied or used free and clear of all snow and ice, and it shall be the duty of such person or persons to remove all snow from said sidewalks within twenty-four (24) hours after the snow has fallen.

The Eaton Police Department welcomes your comments regarding traffic stops and other contacts between you and the Department. Please call (970) 454-2212 and ask to speak with either Chief Kevin Sturch, Lt. Thomas Suter, Sgt. Matthew Rundle or Sgt. Craig Loos. Your identity and any comments that constitute a complaint will be kept confidential unless you desire further action.
All of us can remember a time when you could leave your house and car unlocked and even leave the keys in the ignition. Sad to say, those days are gone.

Eaton Police Department has the following recommendations for residents when it comes to their personal property:

1. Lock all of your doors, both when gone and at home.

2. Do not leave your car unlocked. Make sure you remove personal items from view and place the min the trunk of your vehicle.

3. Close your garage door. An open door invites your property to be stolen.

4. When going on vacation, notify the police department. We will check your property daily.

5. Notify the police immediately, if you see someone hanging around your neighborhood that you don\'t know.
 
Eaton Police Officers are available to speak to your service club or organization. Officers will be glad to present a program to inform you about the police department, our policies and procedures when handling calls for service and how the police department can better serve the needs of our community. If you would like an officer to speak to your group, call (970) 454-2212 and speak with Chief Kevin Sturch or Sgt. Matthew Rundle.

Employment with Eaton Police Department

THE EATON POLICE DEPARTMENT IS CURRENTLY HIRING PLEASE FILL OUT BELOW APPLICATION AND EMAIL IT TO KSTURCH@EATONCO.ORG OR BRING IT IN TO THE MAIN OFFICE! 10/22/2021
 

EATON POLICE DEPARTMENT IS HIRING A FULL TIME POLICE OFFICER PLEASE FILL OUT BELOW APPLICATION!

Job description

Position: Police Officer ONLY P.O.S.T CERTFIED

Department: Police

Annual Salary: Hiring Range $55,000-$60,000, Full Range $55,000-$75,000 DOQ

Reports to: Police Chief, Police LT, Police Sgt

Benefits: The Town offers an excellent benefits package covering the employee including full health, dental, Gap insurance, long-term disability and life insurances; and a retirement contribution package.

STATEMENT OF DUTIES

The Police Officer position supports the Town Police department in the prevention of crime, protection of life and property, enforcement of laws and ordinances, conducting investigations, and providing assistance and information to the public. All employees are required to perform work in a manner consistent with and exemplary per the Town of Eaton’s Employee Handbook.

SUPERVISION

The Police Officer position has no direct reports. This position reports to the sergeant or corporal and is under the general supervision of the chief of police.

JOB ENVIRONMENT

The physical demands described below are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions on a case-by-case basis. There is frequent need to sit, stand, stoop, walk, and perform other similar actions during the workday. Incumbents require sufficient mobility to work in an office and field setting. Position requires continuous moderate or occasional heavy physical activity. Work involves exposure to hazardous substances, potentially dangerous situations, and unpleasant work conditions such as adverse weather conditions. Incumbents may operate both office and physical equipment used in the field and occasionally will transport materials and supplies weighing up to 75 pounds. Incumbents require the ability to travel to various locations; must be able to see in the normal visual range with or without correction with vision sufficient to read small print, computer screens and other printed documents; and must be able to hear in the normal audio range with or without correction.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

The essential functions or duties listed below are intended only as illustration of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not excluded them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.

· Patrol the town by car, foot, or bicycle to secure life and property, observe situations, investigate suspicious or criminal activity, and deter crime by high visibility.

· Responds to emergency calls for service to protect public safety and property. Also responds to diffuse situations, resolve problems, and enforce laws and town ordinances.

· Provides information, assistance, and direction to the public in a variety of situations.

· Takes reports and assists the public with complaints or unusual situations.

· Develops effective working relationships throughout the community including businesses, schools, and the elderly.

· Assists in developing community crime prevention programs and speaks to educate local businesses, schools, and civic groups.

· Observes, monitors, and controls routine and unusual traffic situations; stops and warns drivers or issues citations for traffic violations as appropriate; provides traffic control at crash scenes or incidents situations, special events or other congested situations.

· Makes arrests and serves warrants; takes individuals into custody and may transport them for medical clearance and/or booking with the Weld County Jail or detox.

· Secures crimes scenes and evidence; interviews suspects, victims, and witnesses; collects and preserves evidence performs investigations and/or cooperates with other law enforcement agencies providing investigative and case development support.

· Assists the Town Attorney and the District Attorney staff in preparing, documenting, and developing cases and gathering information; testifies in court as required.

· Provides mutual aid to other law enforcement agencies in accordance with departmental policy.

KNOWLEDGE, ABILITY AND SKILL

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

· Thorough knowledge of current law enforcement practices.

· Applicable Town policies, laws and regulations affecting Department activities.

· Thorough knowledge of rules, regulations, procedures common to Police Department operations.

· Ability to effectively testify in court or at hearings.

· Ability to use standard office equipment, including computers.

· Ability to use standard office and specialized police software.

· Ability to maintain healthy relationships with the staff and public.

· Prepare clear and concise reports, correspondence and other written materials.

· Communicate effectively, orally and in writing.

· Represent the Town in a professional, effective manner.

· Work well under pressure, meeting multiple and sometimes conflicting deadlines.

RECOMMENDED MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

· High School Diploma or GED required. Postsecondary education preferred but not required. P.O.S.T. certification required.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT

· Must successfully pass a criminal background check and pre-employment drug screen.

· Must comply with organizational and departmental policies.

HOURS OF WORK

· Candidate would work shifts that include nights and weekends, up to 40 hours.

Note: This position description is not intended to be an exclusive list of all of the requirements, duties, tasks, roles or responsibilities associated with the position. Nothing in this position description restricts the Town’s ability to assign, reassign or eliminate duties and responsibilities of this job at any time. The Town is an “at will” employer, and Town employees may be separated from employment at any time and at the discretion of management.

The Town of Eaton is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer

The Town of Eaton is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applicants are considered for positions for which they have applied without regard to gender (regardless of gender identity or gender expression), race, color, religion, creed, national origin ancestry, age 40 or older, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy or other characteristics protected by law. The Town of Eaton will make all reasonable accommodations to ensure that people with disabilities have an equal opportunity in employment. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Notice Regarding Medical and/or Recreational Marijuana Use: Because the possession and use of marijuana whether for medical use or otherwise, constitutes a federal offense and because the Town is a drug free workplace, the Town will not accommodate the medical use of marijuana and enforces written policy prohibiting working for the Town while marijuana is in the body. The fact that state law recognizes medical marijuana as a prescribed or otherwise permitted, medication does not alter or otherwise change this policy.

Position posted until filled. To be considered, applicants must submit application, resume and cover letter upon applying.

 
 
The Eaton Police Department accepts resumes and applications though-out the year. Once accepted, the application and resume are retained for one (1) year. After the one year year expiration it is up to each applicant to resubmit the updated application and resume.

Job announcements may be placed on the Town of Eaton website, Indeed or CCIC, as well as area newspapers.

The Eaton Police Department is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
The Eaton Police Department has started a program we are calling TOYS FROM A COP.  This program allows for the Eaton Police to provide presents to children in need for birthdays and holidays.  We accept all toy and cash donations at the Eaton Police Department.  If you have questions please contact Chief Sturch or CSO Jenkins. If you are in need of toys for your children please call us and we will be happy to assist.
The Eaton Police Department does not wear patches on our uniforms, therefore, patches are not available for trade.
2020 Eaton Police Assigned Case Numbers - 20-6112
2020 Eaton Police Department Incident activity Clearance Rate -89.50%

 
CHIEF OF POLICE
 
Chief Kevin Sturch 970-454-2212 x101   ksturch@eatonco.org
 
SUPERVISION
 
Lt. Thomas Suter   970-454-2212 x108  tsuter@eatonco.org
 
Sergeant Matthew Rundle 970-454-2212 x130  mrundle@eatonco.org
 
Sergeant Craig Loos 970-454-2212 x133  cloos@eatonco.org
 
INVESTIGATIONS/ SPECIAL CRIMES 
 
Detective John Torres 970-454-2212 x131 jtorres@eatonco.org
 
PATROL

Officer Dwain Allen Jr. 970-454-2212 x132    dallen@eatonco.org
Officer Brandon LeFevre 970-454-2212 x140    blefevre@eatonco.org
Officer Michael Swartz 970-454-2212 x144 mswartz@eatonco.org
Officer Brian Pettit 970-454-2212 x120 bpettit@eatonco.org
 
COMMUNITY SERVICE OFFICER
 
CSO Kathleen Jenkins 970-454-2212 x141 kjenkins@eatonco.org
 
ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT - COURT 
 
Court Clerk Mandy Gowan 970-454-2212 x 100 mgowan@eatonco.org
 
Court Assistant Shirley Torrez 970-454-2212 storrez@eatonco.org
 
ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT - POLICE
 
 Police Clerk Samantha Hudspeth 970-454-2212 x115  shudspeth@eatonco.org