January

The Colorado Springs Police Department's Homeless Outreach Team coordinates the department's efforts among many local agencies that advocate for the homeless. Learn more about the team's efforts and challenges. This profile appeared Jan. 5, 2017.

The Downtown Area Response Team operates out of the Colorado Springs Police Department's Peak Station in the heart of downtown. Learn more about this small and rather specialized team and is unique responsibilities. This profile appeared Jan. 18, 2017.

February

School Resource Officers must wear many hats, to include counselor, mentor, advisor, mediator, and sometimes, police officer. SROs are assigned to each high school across the city's five school districts. This profile appeared Feb. 1, 2017.

Thirteen Colorado Springs police officers are assigned to the Police Department's Airport Unit to maintain airport security for travelers and tenants. Three of the officers are TSA Explosive Ordnance Disposal K-9 handlers. This profile appeared Feb. 15, 2017.

March

The 43 employees of the Colorado Springs Police Department's Records and Identification Section process, store and release all the documents generated by the department's sworn and civilian staff. The section's database currently exceeds one terabyte of information. This profile appeared March 1, 2017.

The Metro Vice, Narcotics and Intelligence Division, a multijurisdictional unit of law enforcement officers from regional agencies, investigates about 300 cases a year. The unit's recent successes include disrupting drug trafficking efforts and the recovery of exploited at-risk teens. This profiled appeared March 15, 2017.

April

The Colorado Springs Police Department's Canine Unit supports the department's patrol divisions, the Tactical Enforcement and Metro Vice, Narcotics and Intelligence units, and local federal agencies. The unit has 10 canine officers who live with their handlers and families. This profile appeared April 5, 2017.

Police Service Representatives are the first line of customer service at the patrol divisions and the Police Operations Center. Their responsibilities include much more than greeting people at the front desk. This profile appeared April 19, 2017.

May

The Special Events Unit is one of the police department's smallest units, but it is responsible for supporting hundreds of local events that attract thousands of residents and Pikes Peak-region visitors. This profile appeared May 3, 2017.

Where do retired Colorado Springs Police Department officers go when they retire? Some have become Civilian Criminal Investigators. Read more about their responsibilities and how they serve CSPD. This profile appeared May 17, 2017.

June

Law enforcement technology is ever evolving and requires a fulltime team of Colorado Springs police officers to keep up with technological changes. Read more about the police department's Tech Unit and how it supports officers in the field. This profile appeared June 7, 2017.

Keeping the lines of communication open between the Colorado Springs Police Department and the community is the responsibility of the department's Community Relations Unit. Learn more about how this two-person unit accomplishes its goal. This profile appeared June 21, 2017.

July

Emergency Response Technicians and Public Safety Dispatchers are the front-line representatives between the Colorado Springs Police Department and the city's residents. More than 100 technicians and dispatchers staff the department's Public Safety Communications Center. This profile appeared July 5, 2017.

The Colorado Springs Police Department's Social Media Unit has become the department's primary means of communicating with the community and the local news media. The unit relies on one part-time employee and four volunteers to share information and respond to posts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. This profile appeared July 19, 2017.

August

In the past year the Colorado Springs Police Department's Training Academy has graduated 79 new officers and hosted more than 140 in-service classes for existing officers. Learn more about how the academy's 41 staff members and 27 volunteers handle the workload. This profile appeared Aug. 2, 2017.

September

Staying ahead of the criminal element and the various tactics they use to victimize people is the greatest challenge for the Colorado Springs Police Department's Technical Investigations Unit. More than two dozen people are responsible for investigating financial crime, digital forensics, and Internet crimes against children. This profile appeared Sept. 13, 2017.

The Colorado Springs Police Department's Forensic Interview Unit may have the most emotional and difficult job in law enforcement; interviewing a child who is the victim of a crime or who witnessed a major felony. This profile appeared Sept. 27, 2017.

October

Maintaining 497,000-square-feet of police department facilities falls on the shoulders of Joe Curro and Brenda McQuatters of the department's Facilities Unit. They, and two civilian maintenance workers, watch over 10 police department facilities to ensure the buildings are safe and function properly. This profile appeared Oct. 11, 2017.

In Colorado Springs and El Paso County, five civilian Crime Scene Investigators are responsible for locating, identifying and collecting evidence from crime scenes. They are on-call 24 hours a day, every day of the year. This profile appeared Oct. 25, 2017.

November

As the Recruiting Officer for the Colorado Springs Police Department, Officer Nick Ryland is always on the hunt for men and women interested in serving the community. His outreach includes meeting people during numerous community events and through creative social media posts. This profile appeared Nov. 15, 2017.

Keeping the streets of Colorado Springs safe for drivers and pedestrians is a responsibility the Colorado Springs Police Department's Motor Unit takes very seriously. This 20-person motorcycle-equipped unit enforces traffic laws and often provides escort for visiting dignitaries and returning troops. This profile appeared Nov. 29, 2017.