Police Department




The Paonia Police Department exists to serve all people within our jurisdiction with the 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 the development of its members through effective training and leadership.

Hours:  8:00 am to 5:00 PM Monday - Friday

Phone:  970-527-4822 during business hours

Non Emergent:  970-874-2015 (Delta Dispatch)


Chief Matt Laiminger - mlaimingerppd@townofpaonia.com

Sergeant Garrett Henderson - ghendersonppd@townofpaonia.com

Investigator Patrick Hinyard - phinyarppd@townofpaonia.com

Officer Lance Kramer - lkramerppd@townofpaonia.com



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VIN Inspections

The Paonia Police Department offers Regular VIN inspections. 
A Regular Vin Inspection is $10 and is required for:
  • A title correction
  • Vehicles with out-of-state title or registration
  • Purges Colorado Titles
A Certified VIN Inspection is required for:
  • Lost Titles
  • Salvaged Titles
  • Bonded Titles

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 safety and statistics click on the links below:
Seat Belt Safety
Seat Belt Statistics

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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. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the police department at (970) 527-4822 and be safe. 
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The Paonia Police Department does not provide fingerprint card services for civilians needing them for employment and/or background checks.

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.