Our Bicycle Patrol Unit consists of two officers, Trevor Greenwood and Pedro Malave. They have received special training in patrol tactics using a bicycle. In a year, these two officers can log as many as 1,174 miles.
When on duty, time is spent between vehicle patrol and bicycle patrol. Bicycle Patrol Officers patrol the streets just as normal officers do from their car, only from a bicycle. However, these officers can often go places a patrol vehicle cannot go and can respond unnoticed when necessary.
Manpower and weather permitting, a Bicycle Patrol officer can be seen almost any day of the year.
Field Training Officer (FTO)
Thie Field Training Officer Program is a highly structured program designed to fill the need for on-the-job training in law enforcement. It is administered through the patrol division to maintain content validity and decrease the possibility for staff versus line conflict.
Training is completed in phases allowing the trainee a gradual exposure to the varied skills required of a police officer and to the various shifts and geographical areas of the City.
Generaly, officers will complete a 14-week program, but this may be extended or reduced for training, personal, or administrative reasons.
Officers currently assigned as Field Training Officers: Cindy Brackett, Ken Mooney, and Tony Gagliano.
The Fort Morgan Police Department has one firearms instructor/range officer: Officer Ken Mooney. This officer is responsible for establishing and conducting safe training and qualification standards for handguns, shotguns, and patrol rifles at the police shooting range and in the classroom.
This person issues and safety checks over 55 department-owned and issued duty weapons and maintains and distrubutes the Department's supply of training and duty ammunition.
To ensure that the Department offers the citizens of Fort Morgan only the best trained and safest officers, the Fort Morgan Police Department's standards for firearms training and qualifications are much more strict and demanding than the standards set by the Colorado Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) board.
A Detective's duties include being available 24 hours a day to assist officers on the street to complete an investigation. This could include fingerprinting, photographing, collecting blood samples, and making shoe casts at a crime scene.
Detectives also spend a lot of time interviewing witnesses, surveillance of undercover drug purchases, preserving evidence, completing search warrants, testifying in court, and assiting patrol officers in putting a case together to file with the District Attorney.
Detective Seargent Loren Sharp, Detective Todd Zwetzig, Detective Steve Vosburg, and Detective Josh Kaber are presently working this assignment.
K-9 Carr is a German Shepard. He is trained in narcotics detection, patrol work, and tracking. Carr is teamed with Sergeant Jim Parks. The team has numerous hours of training and have completed several narcotic searches as well as tracks and building searches. The team is certified under the United States Police Canine Association Standards.
Special Response Team (SRT)
When it is necessary for the Fort Morgan Police Department to manage incidents that are beyond the scope of normal operations the Special Response Team is maintained to supplement other Departmental resources.
SRT is comprised of a tactical unit, a negotiations unit, and a medical unit that are specially trained and equipped to respond and handle such incidents. Examples of incidents include but are not limited to; hostage incidents, armed and barricaded suspect situations, high-risk warrant service, and narcotics tactical operations.
The SRT Team is comprised of officers of the Fort Morgan Police Department and Morgan County Law Enforcement agencies.
Technical Accident Investigations
The Fort Morgan Police Department has investigated as many as 412 traffic accidents in a single year. Generaly, patrol officers investigate all traffic accidents. While the majority of traffic accidents are minor accidents with slight to moderate damage, there are some serious accidents that may require more in-depth and thorough investigation.
When this occurs, the Department has two officers who have been certified to investigate these more serious accidents. Detective Todd Zwetzig and Officer Kevin Miller are assigned to investigate these serious accidents.
While minor fender benders usually requires about 30 minutes on-scene to investigate the accident, and then 30 minutes for the report, a serious accident can requre several hours of on-scene investigation, accident reconstruction, diagrams, and other specialized tasks associated with the accident.