Woodland Park Police under investigation

By Nia Bender

WOODLAND PARK – The Woodland Park Police Department is now the target of a criminal investigation by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation and the Teller County Sheriff’s Office. The City Manager released a statement Monday saying the city did not know the extent of the allegations, but they received a request to interview “executive-level” members of the police department.

Two commanders in the department are currently on paid leave. The statement went on to say that the members of the police department are cooperating and although no charges have been filed at this time, commanders Ryan Holzwarth and Andy Leibbrand have been placed on routine paid administrative leave while the investigation proceeds.

The city said the investigation is “very preliminary” and they do not, at this time, have any details on what any allegations may be and that they support full transparency in the process.




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