Our Department

The Parker Police Department provides exemplary year-round, 24-hour service to citizens of the Town of Parker and adheres to the highest standards of ethical behavior. The department’s primary objective is to provide a safe community environment in Parker with the highest level of service possible. The organization is committed to safeguarding the community through the philosophy of community policing, making Parker a great place to live, work, and play.  

The community policing philosophy encourages police officers to get out of their cars, get to know the people in the community, build trust and problem-solving partnerships with community members, and work to improve the quality of life in Parker. The Police Department actively participates in community support activities, such as National Night Out, Coffee with a Cop and youth educational programs. 

As of January 2022, the department is authorized for 77 commissioned officers and 47 full-or-part-time professional staff.

Chief Tsurapas

Chief James Tsurapas has been with the Parker Police Department for nearly thirty years. He has served on numerous committees and has focused his career on making the Parker Police Department and the Parker community a great place to work and live. Chief Jim Tsurapas received his Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Metropolitan State University. Additionally, he is a graduate of the 217th Session of the FBI National Academy, PERF (Police Executive Research Forum) and LEEDA (Law Enforcement Executive Development Association). Chief Tsurapas is an active member of the FBI National Academy Associates, the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police.

Chief Tsurapas was named the Chief of Police for the Parker Police Department on June 9, 2020. He began his career with the Parker Police Department in 1993 as a volunteer reserve officer and was hired as a full-time officer in 1995. He was promoted through the ranks as a Sergeant, Lieutenant, and Captain, and in 2016, he was named Deputy Chief. In January 2020, Tsurapas was named Interim Chief and officially appointed as Chief of Police in June 2020, after leading the agency through the onset of the COVID pandemic. At his appointment, Chief Tsurapas said, “I am honored to have been appointed as the Chief of Police for the Parker Police Department. I know this position comes with both a tremendous amount of opportunity and an enormous responsibility. The Parker Police Department has an outstanding reputation for community collaboration and policing excellence. I look forward to the opportunity of continuing to build upon the strong foundation of this department and providing continued success.”