Woodmoor Public Safety


Woodmoor Public Safety keeps Woodmoor safe.

From 1971 the WIA realized a need for a Security force or Law Enforcement Agency to serve the residents of Woodmoor. Since then, the Woodmoor Public Safety (WPS) has been known as the Woodmoor Police Department (1972 thru 1994), Woodmoor Security Service (1995 to 1995), and finally the Woodmoor Public Safety since October 1995.

All Woodmoor Public Safety officers are qualified, professional, and great people to work with. If you ever need any assistance, you can rest assured that the officers are qualified, trained professionals. If you need to speak with an officer, please call the WPS office at 488-3600, or 499-9771 to reach us on our cell phone. We carry the cell phone 24 hours a day. Please be aware that there are dead spots with the cell phone throughout Woodmoor. If you receive voice mail on the cell phone, please leave a message and we will call you back.

WPS Office Phone

(719) 488-3600


WPS Mobile Phone

(719) 499-9771

WPS Services


Crime Prevention

The number one goal of WPS is the prevention of crime. We are committed to having the lowest crime rate in El Paso County and vigorously patrol the community 7 days a week. We work very close with the EPSO and are here to serve the residents of Woodmoor.


Immediate Officer Response

WPS provides immediate response from a trained professional for alarms, suspicious persons or vehicles, animal complaints, noise complaints, motorist assists, and many many more.

Vacation Checks

WPS will walk around your house once per day and check for unlocked doors, vandalism, newspapers, and make note of any packages that have been delivered. We will put the package in an inconspicuous spot or notify a responsible party of the delivery. Schedule a vacation check here.

Home Security Survey

This is another valuable service we provide. We walk around your house with you and go over security concerns and suggest how to make your home more secure. This service usually takes about 20 minutes to complete.

Motorist Services

WPS vehicles are equipped with a vehicle lockout kits and jumper boxes for those times in need. In winter driving conditions we do our best to get people home and safe.

What You Need to Know

Who Should We Call if we have a Problem?

If you are having a true emergency, call 911 immediately. A WPS officer can be reached on our mobile phone at 719-499-9771.

What Does Woodmoor Public Safety Do?

WPS patrols Woodmoor 24/7, responds to resident complaints and concerns to deter crime. We conduct vacation checks, home security inspections, respond to alarm activations, medical calls, and conduct traffic control.

You can schedule a vacation check using our online Vacation Check form.

Are WPS Officers Actual ||Police Officers||?

Woodmoor Public Safety lost police powers in 1995 due to Woodmoor being a home owners association and not a town (taxing authority).

Can a WPS Officer Issue me a Speeding Ticket?

No, only certified peace officers can issue tickets

What Should I Do About my Neighbor's Barking Dog?

Both excessive barking dogs and dogs at large are considered covenant violations. WPS will respond and attempt to verify the complaint, if verified the officer can issue a violation notice.

You can submit a potential covenant violation using our online Report a Violation form.

What you need to know about living with wildlife

Foxes, coyotes, raccoons, deer, bear and occasionally mountain lions and other small mammals are all a natural part of our ecosystem in Woodmoor. The most important thing to remember is that under no circumstances should residents feed wildlife or encourage interactions with humans. Residents should also keep trash receptacles in a secured, closed location at all times except at the designated trash pickup time. If you observe an injured animal, it is best to let nature take its course. But, if you observe a threatening or aggressive animal, please contact WPS at (719) 499-9771 for immediate assistance. For more information on coexisting with wildlife, refer to the literature provided from the Colorado Parks and Wildlife and WIA’s Coyote Wildlife Plan below in the WPS Document Section

Meet the WPS Staff

Kevin Nielsen

Chief, serving since 1991
Chief Nielsen started his career in Woodmoor in 1991 as a Police Officer for the Woodmoor Police Department. He was promoted to Captain of WPS in 1995, and Chief in 1999.

Chad Forquer

Deputy Chief, serving since 2001
Chad joined WPS in May of 2001. After 8 years in the Army, Chad worked in the private security field and insurance fraud investigation. Chad was promoted to the rank of Deputy Chief in June of 2010.

Art Brown

Officer, serving since 1998
Art joined WPS in 1998 after serving 22 years in the United States Army. While in the Army he served in the Military Police Corp. performing many duties such as Patrolman, Traffic Officer, Desk Sergeant, Investigator, Operation Manager, Platoon Sergeant and First Sergeant.

Karl Schill

Officer, serving since 2011
Karl joined WPS in 2011 and is also retired from the United States Army serving 20 years in the infantry and ending his career as a Military Police Patrol Supervisor. Karl also worked for the El Paso County Security Department, County Court House, Probation Dept., Dept. of Human Services, and the Department of Motor Vehicles as an armed security officer.

Les Milligan

Officer, serving since 2013
Les joined WPS in 2013 after retiring from the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office after 22 years in the Patrol Division. He served four years active duty and three years reserves in the United States Air Force with the Security Police. Due to his training and experience in law enforcement, Les has become the WPS Training Officer.

Justin Gates

Officer, serving since 2014
Justin joined WPS in September 2014. Justin served 4 years in the Army before starting a career in security and loss prevention career fields serving as investigator, safety expert, security and surveillance manager in varied and diverse industries and settings.

Dennis Finnessey

Officer, serving since 2015
Dennis joined WPS in 2015. After serving in the United States Marine Corps, he worked for the Bottineau County Sheriff’s Department for 10 years. Prior to WPS, he also worked security for Lewis Palmer School District 38.

Drew Olson

Officer, serving since 2016
Drew came to WPS in 2016 having graduated at the top of his class from the Pueblo Law Enforcement Academy in 2014.  He immediately transitioned into private security work and also served for a time as a Police Officer for the City of Florence.  He continued working in private security and left Florence PD.  Drew was raised in Southern Colorado and has a deep passion for the safety and security of others.

WPS Testimonials

Just wanted to thank you again for coming to my rescue today! When I realized that I had locked myself out of the house I immediately knew that my neighbor would know what to do to help me, and she did. She said, “Let’s call Kevin. He’ll know what to do.” You sure went the extra mile and I really appreciate you!! Hope the rest of the week is easier than climbing through small windows!


Enclosed you will find a check for your coffee fund in regard to the officer who found my golf clubs in the roadway. After dropping off S.S. at his home and took his wheelchair to his front door and assisted him into it, I forgot to shut the tailgate. Thanks again!

R. K.

Thank you for helping us find our daughter’s dog, Dakota, the other night. We were really worried, not to mention how late it was! We appreciate all you do to keep us safe in beautiful Woodmoor!

The B. Family

My husband and I would like to thank you for checking our house the times that we have been away this year. It is such a comfort to know that you are checking things out and will contact us if there is a problem. We have great neighbors but just feel better knowing that you will be by. We also appreciate you every day for your patrols. I am often at the front window and see your cars going by during the day. It is comforting to know that you are always not far away. You do so much for all of us and we want you to know that you are noticed and appreciated. Thanks for all you do and those friendly waves and smiles when we see you.

C.E. & V.E.

Helpful Contact Information


Woodmoor Public Safety

WPS Office: 719-488-3600

WPS Cell: 719-499-9771


El Paso County

EPSO Dispatch: 719-390-5555


EPSO Traffic: 719-520-7192


County Roads: 719-520-6891


Humane Society

Humane Society: 719-473-1741


Colorado Springs Police Department

CSPD Dispatch: 719-444-7000


Colorado State Patrol

CO State Patrol: 719-635-0385


Colorado Parks and Wildlife

CO Parks & Wildlife: 719-227-5200


Still Have a Question?

Feel free to ask WPS a question.

Wildlife Report

Have you observed wildlife that you think should be reported?

Request a Vacation Check

If you going out of town and would like to request a WPS Security check, let us know.