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Meet Doug

I believe passionately in the law enforcement profession. Those who answer the call to serve are the ones who we look to not just to be the bedrock of policing now, but the ones who will ultimately create a better future for us and for our communities

"We are at a pivotal point in our profession where we can drive to create lasting, meaningful moments in our communities for the better."

I began my career in Jefferson City, MO, and spent more than 25 years serving residents of the state capitol. I spent years developing and prioritizing community partnerships, which ultimately became a pivotal piece of managing the "Journey for Justice," a march held in the wake of the Ferguson protests in 2014. Working closely with the local NAACP chapter, the department and the community began to come together, rather than remain divided to begin to build more meaningful solutions for all. 

 

I now proudly serve the people of Grand Junction, CO. The women and men of my department are passionate, much like those of your agencies as well. In my time both in Missouri and in Colorado, I have also had the pleasure of serving in several committees and sections for the IACP for more than a decade. In 2019, I was appointed by President Steven Casstevens to chair the organization's Police Professional Standards and Ethics Committee, and was re-appointed to the role in 2020 by current President Cynthia Renaud. In 2018, I was elected to serve a two-year term as the Vice Chair of the Public Information Officers Section, and I also served in various capacities on the Police Administration Committee from 2012 to 2019. In addition to my leadership roles with the IACP, I am also a member of the IMPACT (International Managers of Police Academy and College Training) section as well as the Midsize Agencies Division. Furthermore, I am a proud member of NOBLE, NAWLEE, and IADLEST. 

But as we all know, training and experience doesn't exist in a vacuum. As such, since 2012, I have served as a mentor and instructor for Northwestern University, where I develop and deliver executive-level police courses for the prestigious School of Police Staff and Command College. Throughout the United States, I teach a variety of courses including Media Relations, Executive Image, Training, Strategic Planning, and Recruitment. I also currently serve as the Recruitment Committee Chair for the Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police.  

Education and Training

  • Doctor of Education (w/Dissertation), Organizational Leadership – Wilmington University, Wilmington, DE – January, 2020

  • Masters of Science, Criminal Justice – University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, MO – 2000

  • Bachelor's Degree in English, Minor in Psychology – University of Missouri - Columbia, Columbia, MO – 1992

  • Graduate, School of Police Staff & Command – Northwestern University, Evanston, IL – 2011

Qualifications

  • I have been involved in an IACP section or committee since 2008. I know the challenges our profession has faced, and am ready to meet any challenges that lie ahead. 

  • My experiences in public information helped me understand the value of trust-building before the crisis happens -- this is critical in today's policing environment. 

  • I have instructed not only in-service courses to police, but also college-level courses to students and command-level courses to policing leaders. I believe that we must take a holistic approach to educating those who will impact how we serve going forward. 

  • Working with the Boys and Girls Club, I assisted in securing a grant to help make juvenile diversion a reality in Jefferson City. I believe in our children and helping them realize all their potential through positive influences. 

Awards and Commendations
  • I have received nearly 70 Commendatory Performance Reports and/or Commendations throughout my career, ranging from letters of appreciation to incident command on major events.

  • Medal of Honor recipient for lifesaving measures resulting from a combative individual who was attempting suicide by jumping off a bridge (1997)

  • Law Enforcement Commendation Medal recipient from the Sons of the American Revolution for Outstanding Service (2018)

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