The Brighton Police Department (BPD) is responsible for general public safety; prevention of crime; responding to and investigating crime; apprehension of those who commit crime; public order; traffic safety; criminal justice records; and safety education. The department is service oriented and serves the community by building partnerships to address crime and crime-related problems, which is commonly referred to as a community-oriented or community-based policing philosophy.

While there are many examples of success using this approach, one example is the work our officers have done with graffiti in our neighborhoods. Officers and citizens have taken a proactive approach to address this problem plaguing many communities. Other community crime prevention programs include School Resource Officers, Bike patrol, liaisons with groups and other agencies, mentoring programs, and others. The department is involved in many other prevention, intervention and educational programs.

Police Administration - Chief Paul Southard
The Brighton Police Administration consists of the Chief of Police, Assistant to the Chief, four Commanders, and two administrative assistants.

Patrol Division - Commander Scott Wegscheider
The Patrol Division is responsible for the enforcement functions of the department. It is broken down into three primary sections, which are separated into specific work units. The three sections are: Watch I (Dayshift Patrol); Watch II and III (Afternoon and Evening Patrol); This division provides all the uniformed patrol officers who patrol the city and respond to calls for service. The Community Services Unit and School Resource Officers also work out of this division.

Investigations Division - Commander Frank Acosta

Investigations (Detectives), Property and Evidence, Victim Services. The detectives investigate unsolved crimes and file felony charges with the District Attorney's Office. Property and Evidence manages all of the evidence booked in by officers and detectives and provides crime scene processing technology and assistance. Victim Services, Coordinated by Kimberly Messina, provides information and support to victims of crime.

Support Services Division - Commander Al Sharon
The Support Services Division provides administrative support to the Police Department, maintains the internal operations of the department, and provides nonemergency services to the public. It is broken down into these sections: Professional Standards and Training, Emergency Management, Policy Development, Police Records, Animal Control, and Code Enforcement Services.


The department’s mission includes the following responsibilities:

  • Enforcing laws and preserving public safety and order;
  • Reducing crime and disorder through prevention and intervention;
  • Responding to community needs through partnerships and joint problemsolving;
  • Investigating and reporting serious and nonserious crimes for prosecution;
  • Providing information and service referrals; and
  • Managing and administering BPD operations