Thornton Police Department

The Thornton Police Department is led by Chief Terrence Gordon. Chief Gordon comes to the Thornton Police Department with a long and stellar record of prior leadership with the Milwaukee Police Department. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Business and Public Administration, and a Master's degree in Criminal Justice from Boston University. Chief Gordon is a graduate of the Police Executive Research Forum, Senior Management Institute for Police. While serving his 25 years at Milwaukee Police Department, Chief Gordon worked in sensitive crimes, crimes against children, violent crimes and homicide. He understands de-escalation very well as he first served as a Crisis Negotiator, and eventually, the supervisor of the Crisis Negotiators Unit. Chief Gordon also served as the Training Director at the Police Academy, and was later promoted to Assistant Chief. 

There are 243 commissioned police officers and 77 non-commissioned employees working for the department.  Our police department strongly emphasizes community involvement and is committed to providing high quality law enforcement services.  The City of Thornton offers quality services for approximately 145,440 residents.

PD Phone Numbers

​Emergency-Police, Fire or Medical: ​9-1-1​Patrol Division:​720-977-5330
​Non-Emergency: ​720-977-5150​Police Records Unit:​720-977-5140
​Administration Division: ​720-977-5020Property/ Evidence Unit:​720-977-5200
​Animal Control: ​720-977-5250
​Chief of Police:​720-977-5020
​Community Relations:​720-977-5000TDD-Victim Services:720-977-5180
​Crime Analyst:​720-977-5290​Victim Services:​720-977-5172
​Crime Prevention:​720-977-5000

Spanish speaking advocates available.

​Detective Division:​720-977-5030