Cortez Police Department

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Early last week, Vernon Knuckles was sworn in as the new chief of the Cortez Police Department.

Knuckles comes from the Montezuma County Sheriff’s Office where he worked for nine years, most recently as undersheriff. His first few days as chief have been spent moving into his new office and reacquainting himself with a department he used to work for from 1996 to 2005.

But he is also stepping into this role at a time when the function of police in a community is in the national spotlight. 

KSJD Local Newscast - Dec. 26, 2019

Dec 26, 2019

Cortez Police Chief Roy Lane to Retire in February

Nov 19, 2019
Lori Johnson/File Photo

Over 37 years after he started as the Cortez police chief, Roy Lane has announced plans to retire, according to Lt. Andy Brock.

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Montezuma County’s aging dispatch center will need $600,000 to $750,000 worth of new equipment in the near future. That was the message delivered to the county commissioners Monday by Cortez Police Chief Roy Lane.

Crime and Public Safety In Cortez

Mar 8, 2017
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Public safety and crime prevention are topics of interest to everyone in our community. KSJD's Karen Childress talks with Roy Lane, Chief of Police for the City of Cortez.