The goal of the Littleton Police Department (LPD) is to make Littleton the safest city in the country, and the only way to achieve that is in partnership with our community. Trust and transparency are critical components of any healthy, sustainable relationship. LPD wants to ensure that information is readily available about all topics of interest and concern to our community. Below is information, links, and policies that define LPD's processes, philosophies, and accountability measures.
Statistical Summaries of Disciplinary Investigations
Accreditation Performance Feedback
The Littleton Police Department (LPD) is proud to be accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). This accreditation demonstrates the LPD’s commitment to professional excellence in policy and practice. The reaccreditation process takes place every four years and requires an extensive review including a week-long, audit by outside assessors. LPD received its 6th accreditation in spring of 2022.
The CALEA commission provides an opportunity for individuals to provide feedback, comments, commendations, and other information regarding LPD’s quality of service or other information relevant to the accreditation process through an Accreditation Performance Link.
As a CALEA accredited law enforcement agency, all Littleton Service employees are required to complete anti-bias training each year. This training includes legal aspects and an examination of the patterns, practices, and protocols that result in bias-based policing/profiling. LPD will investigate citizen complaints of bias-based policing/profiling in the same manner by which other complaints regarding an officer's conduct are investigated. LPD personnel determined to be in violation of this policy will be subject to disciplinary actions. View 608-Bias-Based Policy
Body Worn Cameras
The Littleton Policy Department (LPD) deployed Body Worn Cameras (BWC) in July of 2022, more than a year ahead of a Colorado state deadline, after city council approved a contract with Axon Enterprises. Under the contract, all officers who interact with the public will receive BWC to comply with the 2020 “Law Enforcement Integrity Bill,” which set a deadline of July 1, 2023.
The use of department-approved body worn camera systems can provide powerful evidence of criminal activity and has proven to be a valuable tool for law enforcement in documenting enforcement members’ honesty, integrity, and professionalism. Enforcement members (commissioned officers, parking management, and animal control officers) shall use BWC systems and all other recording and imaging devices in compliance with manufacturer's operational guidelines, department training, and the LPD BWC policy.
“The cameras will improve officer safety and efficiency, support supervisor oversight, and enhance community transparency,” said Littleton Police Chief Doug Stephens. Axon Enterprises is an industry leader in law enforcement technology, and most Denver metro area law enforcement agencies use their products. Axon also provides Littleton Police’s Tasers, which will also receive an upgrade under the contract. The $1.2 million, five-year contract will be offset by a nearly $300,000 grant in the 2022, and additional cost savings were secured through a state cooperative purchase agreement. View 1102-BWC Policy
Commendations, Comments, and Complaints
LPD employees work to provide professional and compassionate services to everyone they encounter. All employees are expected to treat colleagues and community members with respect and integrity. LPD welcomes feedback, both positive and negative, from community members regarding the conduct of employees. To make a comment or complaint, visit the Police Contact Form page. The Investigation/Support Services Division Chief is responsible for the collection, confidentiality and maintenance of records relating to grievances. These records are maintained in the department's Internal Affairs investigation files. Commendations, Comments, and Complaints Form.
The City of Littleton is in both the 1st and 18th Judicial Districts. The Littleton Police Department (LPD) participates in the 18th Judicial District's Critical Incident Team (CIT) and the 1st Judicial District’s Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) that investigate instances involving deadly force.
Law enforcement agencies in the 1st and the 18th Judicial Districts pool resources through these teams to investigate the incidents, and the District Attorney’s Office determines whether the use of force was lawful or criminal. Those reports are public by law and can be found at the 1st Judicial District's website and the 18th Judicial District's website. These teams have their own procedures and publish their own policy documents to which the Littleton Police Department complies. View 404-Officer-involved Shooting Policy
Report of February 2, 2023 officer-involved shooting
Report of September 20, 2021 officer-involved shooting
Report of February 7, 2018 officer-involved shooting