Message From The Chief

The City of Black Hawk is nestled in the scenic Rocky Mountains located 18 miles west of Golden, Colorado.  This historic city was incorporated in 1864, grew from the "gold rush days," and prospered as a milling town.  In 1991 the city became one of the three destination locations in Colorado where limited stakes gambling was legalized.  The city is now the premier gambling venue in Colorado and home to 16 casinos hosting up to 20,000 visitors a day.  Black Hawk is known for its hospitality and is a "must see" city for tourists visiting Colorado and the Rocky Mountains.

The Black Hawk Police Department attracts and retains professional employees who are committed to providing great service to our citizens and guests.  We are proud of our city's heritage and our role in making Black Hawk an enjoyable place to live, work and visit.  Community policing is not an abstract concept in the Black Hawk Police Department, but is truly practiced everyday by our employees.  It's our goal to have a positive impact on every citizen and visitor in our unique and colorful city.  Our pledge to every resident and visitor of Black Hawk is to provide exceptional service while performing ethically and professionally.

About Chief Cole

Police Chief Stephen Cole has 36 years of law enforcement experience.  During his career he served as a Patrol Officer, Detective, Lieutenant, SWAT Team Commander, Captain and Deputy Chief in the Wichita Police Department in Wichita, Kansas.  In 2002 he was selected to serve as the Chief of Police in the Northglenn Police Department and was appointed as the Police Chief of the Black Hawk Police Department in 2005.  He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and served as a project leader on two International award winning projects.  He has an Associate of Science degree in Administration of Justice, a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration and a Masters Degree in Criminal Justice.

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Contact Information

Chief Stephen Cole
Chief's Office
(303) 582-5878

Mailing Address:
PO Box 68, Black Hawk, CO 80422

Physical Address:
221 Church Street
Black Hawk, CO 80422

Phone: (303) 582-0503 
Fax: (303) 582-5381