Chief's Message

Welcome to the Cortez Police Department's web portal on the CRIMEWATCH Network. We ask that you use the information found on this site responsibly.

The Cortez Police Department is committed to a community engagement philosophy. We believe in working in collaboration with residents to reduce crime and enhance the quality of life in our city. The Mission of the Cortez Police Department is "To enhance the partnership between businesses, citizens, and the police by providing responsive and professional services." Our Vision is "To deliver unparalleled service to our community through strengthened community relationships and public trust. Our values are Professionalism, Integrity, Compassion, and Service.

CRIMEWATCH is another way the Cortez Police Department seeks to engage the community, provide transparency, and improve and enhance the already positive relationship between the community and the police department. Working in partnership with the community, we can proactively reduce crime, support victim recovery, and hold offenders accountable. Together we can improve the quality of life and reduce crime.

I invite you to tour our pages and welcome any comments you may have.

Thank you, 

Vernon Knuckles
Chief of Police