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What is CAPS?

The CAPS Program is an exciting community-wide effort that engages volunteers (18 & up) in a public safety partnership with the City’s Police and Fire Departments and the Pikes Peak Regional Office of Emergency Management. While volunteers have been an integral part of daily operations throughout the police department for over forty years, CAPS catapulted the program to unsurpassed levels of success and unparalleled accomplishments.

Inspired by our citizens’ desire to get involved, a vision was realized for an expanded volunteer program. The blueprint created laid the foundation for this innovative, effective and sustainable program. Officially launched in 2011, CAPS realized early on that the key to success was strategically matching a person’s strengths, skills and interests with the perfect volunteer opportunity.

Since its implementation, CAPS has achieved national award-winning recognition.


Community Advancing public safety

Our Mission

To strengthen public safety services to the community through volunteerism

Our Vision

To enhance and transform the delivery of public safety services through volunteerism


CAPS is a partnership effort of the Colorado Springs Police  and Fire Departments and the Office of Emergency Management.

We are always looking for eager volunteers to help with our cause.  Please click the button below to see all of our volunteer oppotunities


CAPS Award Recipients

The CAPS Staff loves recognizing those volunteers who go above and beyond our expectations.

Can You Believe...

Served over 852,400 hours to date

Fire and Police Chaplains devoted over 12,000 hours helping those with traumatic events

Supported emergency preparedness activities…. 1,800 hours

Helped the Financial Crimes Unit recover over $400,000.00 worth of stolen items

Issued over 1,200 citations while assigned to the Handicap Parking Services Unit

40 college students fulfilled their internships at our 3 agencies

Colorado Springs Police Badge
To promote the quality of life in Colorado Springs by providing police services with integrity and a spirit of excellence, in partnership with our community.
Colorado Springs Fire Department Badge
Providing the highest quality problem solving, fire and rescue service to our community since 1894
Colorado Springs Office of Emergency Management Badge
Responsible for providing mitigation, preparedness, response, recovery and coordination for large-scale emergencies and disasters, both natural and human-caused, to the citizens of Colorado Springs for the purpose of saving lives and preventing property damage.
International Association of Chiefs of Police Badge
Outstanding Achievement in a Law Enforcement Volunteer Program

International Association of Chiefs of Police

2018 DeBerry Award presented to CAPS
The CAPS Program was selected to receive this award for Support of Front Line Forces. The turtle on the fence post signifies service and support to others in that "it did not get there on its own."

Fisher DeBerry Award

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