Police Department


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  • Name
  • Address or Location
  • Your Contact Telephone Number
  • Type of Emergency
  • Any related information eg., Injuries, Weapons, Is the suspect still on scene, Etc...
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Police Department

The Town of Rangely Police Department currently staffs six sworn officers and five civilian employees.  Beginning in 2006, the Police Department has been led by Chief Vincent Wilczek.  He has been a full time employee of the Police Department since 1991 serving in various positions such as a Patrol Officer, Sergeant of Patrol, Lieutenant and Chief of Police.  Prior to 1991, he had served as a Reserve Police Officer for the Town of Rangely.  In total, he has over 23 years in law enforcement experience.


Unique from agencies similar in size, we maintain a modern, 24 hour 911 reception and communications center.  This center is manned and operated to provide emergency services such as police, fire, ambulance, and public announcements by a staff of five civilian employees.    


The department motto: “Liberty and Justice” comes from the Pledge of Allegiance and sets the foundation of the department on the original principles of policing.  Our service goal is best described by four words:  Protect, Detect, Deter, and Detain.              


1.            Protect the innocent and victims above all others, including self.

2.            Detect criminal activity.

3.            Deter the criminal from committing crime.

4.            Detain for prosecution those who violate our laws. 


Rangely is considered as a “frontier” community by modern standards.  Our service area maintains an average population of approximately 2,500 citizens.  The community often swells with a transient work force, which services the oil, gas, and coal rich resources of Rio Blanco County.  Due to these unique conditions, each officer must be trained and proficient in skills larger police agencies consider “specialized”.  Each officer enjoys the benefits of these advanced trainings, which in turn fulfills the needs of the community while keeping most citizen interaction with law enforcement at a local level.  Examples of the required trainings include Level I traffic accident investigation, basic and advance drug investigation techniques, Criminal interdiction, advanced D.U.I. detection, advanced crime scene processing, and advanced interview training.  These are but a few of the many required trainings each officer must attend and show constant proficiency. 


Each Police Officer and Communication Specialist is offered the ability to move up in both title and responsibility by way of a step program.  You may see an employee with no stripes on their uniform or up to three stripes.  With exception of the Patrol Lieutenant and Chief of Police, the stripes on the arm represent the level of training the employee has attained within the department step program.  It also represents the Officer’s title and status within the agency.  Once earned, an employee may display a function badge on their shirt or uniform.  Normally worn above their nameplate, the function badge, unlike the shirt stripes, depicts the level of skilled training the employee has obtained.  The employee must continue to show proficiency over these skills.  This is done by bi-annual written proficiency tests and practical evaluation exercises.


These are a few examples of where your police department stands today.  Should you have any questions please feel free to stop in and speak with an officer. 



Other Police Department Services


Rangely Victim Services

When there is a victim of a crime against a person, the victim will fall under the Victim Rights Amendment. If the Police offer to contact an advocate and the victim refuses, the police officer still has the responsibility under legislation to provide the victim with certain information. This includes information on how to contact Social Services, Mental Health, if they need medical attention or brochures relative to the victim's situation.