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Police Department

The Paonia Police Department exists to serve all people within our jurisdiction with respect, objectivity and compassion.  Prevention of crime and the protection of life and property through the enforcement of laws and ordinances is our top priority.  The Paonia Police Department is dedicated to providing a quality work environment and development of its members through effective training and leadership.



PHONE:  970-527-4822 During Business Hours

NON-EMERGENT: 970-874-2015 (Delta Dispatch)


Chief Matthew Laiminger - mlaimingerppd@townofpaonia.com

Sergeant Garrett Henderson - ghendersonppd@townofpaonia.com

Investigator Patrick Hinyard - phinyardppd@townofpaonia.com

Police Officer Thomas Seeley - tseeleyppd@townofpaonia.com

School Resource Officer - Kaden Heiniger - kheinigerppd@townofpaonia.com

Police Officer Bradley Bardessona - bbardessonappd@townofpaonia.com 

Have you lost or misplaced your bicycle?

The Paonia Police Department has a few bikes that we have in storage. If you are missing your bike, please contact us at 970-527-4822.

Just a friendly reminder that all dogs need to be registered at the Paonia Town Hall per ordinance 7-7-110 Dog license required. Any person having custody of any dog six (6) months of age or older for fourteen (14) days or more shall procure a dog license. 

Dogs also need to be on a leash when being walked around town per ordinance 7-7-320 Restraining. It is unlawful for any person owning or having charge of any dog or other animal to permit such animal to run at large, unless such animal is restrained by a substantial leash not to exceed ten (10) feet in length and is in the charge of a person competent to restrain such animal.

The Paonia Police Department offers Regular VIN Inspections for $10
A Regular VIN Inspection is required for:
A title correction
Vehicles with out-of-state title or registration
Purged Colorado Titles
Please call 970-527-4822 to set up an appointment for a VIN inspection.

Bicycles and the Road
Did you know Per Colorado Revised Statute 42-2-1412, bicyclists must follow the same rules as a vehicle including stopping at stop signs?
There has been some confusion about the point system for bicycle riders. Bicycle riders who receive a citation for any violation are required to pay the same fine and fees as a person driving a motor vehicle but are assessed no points against their license.
For more information click on this link, BICYCLING IN COLORADO

The simple act of buckling up can prevent nearly 50% of all automobile deaths. More than 75% of people who are ejected during a fatal crash die from their critical injuries. Only 1% of passengers who were wearing a seat belt were ejected from a car during a crash.
To learn more about seat belt facts and statistics click on the links below:
Seat Belt Facts
Seat Belt Statistics

The Paonia Police Department does not provide fingerprint card services for civilians needing them for employment and/or background checks anymore.
Effective September 24, 2018, the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) implemented the Colorado Applicant Background Services (CABS) program in response to Senate Bill 17-189.  This program moves fingerprinting services away from law enforcement agencies to certified vendors around the state.
If you are needing fingerprints, please go to www.identogo.com to schedule an appointment.