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CSP: Reorg won't impact Summit service

Authorities with Colorado State Patrol say a recent reorganization that shifted posts in the High Country will not reduce the number of troopers based in Summit County.

A captain formally assigned to the station in Frisco will be relocated, but eight troopers will continue to operate out of the local office, which will remain open to the public.

Eagle/Vail-based troopers will provide additional support for local troopers, who will now serve communities in Summit and Lake counties and will no longer be sent to calls in Idaho Springs, according to a statement from State Patrol.

Authorities say the reorganization will improve efficiency along Interstate 70.

"The Colorado State Patrol understands that change can be challenging for everyone, from county residents to uniformed officers," a recent release from CSP stated. "However, the reorganization will align Colorado's state law enforcement agency along the well-traveled I-70 corridor, providing improved public safety with previously unrealized efficiency."

CSP will continue to offer hazardous materials and motor carrier safety units in Summit and Lake counties as well.

Captain Rich Duran of Glenwood Springs will now oversee the Frisco office. The agency will have a single commanding officer and leadership team heading up its forces in Summit, Eagle and Lake counties rather than supporting different captains in each county.

The Frisco troopers' area of responsibility now extends westward from the west side of the Eisenhower Tunnel.

Colorado State Patrol has primary jurisdiction over all traffic accidents on public roads outside of local municipalities, including on I-70 and Highways 6 and 9.

Local law enforcement officers expressed concern recently over the potential impacts of the reorganization, saying Summit County did not have enough troopers.


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