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Walter K. Vanatta
Chief of Police

Welcome to the Craig Police Department!  I hope you find our Web page helpful and informative.


While Internet technology cannot replace the value of human interaction, it is indeed another tool that helps  us communicate with you. I strongly believe in the value of providing community based police services, and having officers work as equal partners with Craig citizens in crime prevention and suppression.


I am proud to serve in a community that works together to  improve its quality of life, and I am proud to lead this 30 member police department of men and women who  are dedicated to serving you with the highest integrity.

About the Craig Police Department:

The Craig Police Department serves the City of Craig, Colorado, which has a population of approximately 11,000 +. Located in Moffat County, population 14,200, it has low humidity, bright sunshine and a rather large daily temperature range. Because of its location in the extreme northwestern corner of Colorado, it is considered the shopping hub for the area. The area is well known for its year around outdoor recreational activities.

The Craig Police Department consists of 24 sworn and 7 civilian personnel. The department staff is comprised of the Chief of Police, two Captain’s - one leading the Operations Division and one leading the Support Services Division, three Patrol Sergeants, one Administrative Sergeant, two Detectives, two School Resource Officers, one Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Specialist, one Drug Task Force Officer, ten Patrol Officers, three Community Service Officers, one Investigative Technician and three Records Technicians.

The Craig Police Department is a Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police accredited law enforcement agency. Meeting these stringent standards is only one of the ways in which the Craig Police Department demonstrates a commitment to excellence and professionalism in the delivery of law enforcement services.

The Craig Police Department is guided by four key values. Officers are expected to have a high level of Integrity, provide Service, and treat all people with Respect and Equality.

The Craig Police Department believes in a policing philosophy that promotes community, government and police partnerships, using proactive problem solving and community engagement to address the causes of crime, fear of crime and other community issues. Through these alliances we identify public safety problems affecting the quality of life in the community, develop strategies to address those problems, and take the responsibility to implement solutions.

You may make a complaint or compliment of one our officers with our online comment form. You can request a vacation house check through our secure server with our vacation house check request form. You can report a crime with our secure online crime tips form.

Last Saturday evening (Sept 8th) Corporal Edwards was presented the Colorado Police Protective Association annual Life Saving Award by CPPA President Ben Leach.

He was selected from all those nominated around the state in recognition of his efforts
On February 7, 2012 when he responded to a house fire at 1912 Woodland Ave

As a result of his efforts he was able to get a person trapped inside out of the burning house.  His actions demonstrated extraordinary courage and heroism at great risk to his own personal safety or life in an effort to save another human life.

Please join me in congratulating Officer Edwards for this prestigious recognition of his efforts.  His actions truly reflected the values of our department and all the members we have.



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Administration:  970-826-2360

Fax:  970-824-5706

Patrol Services:  970-824-8111