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When you join RTD, you will be among dedicated employees exhibiting RTD’s values of passion, respect, diversity, trustworthiness, collaboration, and ownership. RTD is committed to an inclusive and diverse workplace. As part of our diversity value statement, we encourage our employees to honor diversity in thought, people, and experience. Come join RTD on this great journey to be the trusted leader in mobility, delivering excellence and value to our customers and community.

RTD was created in 1969 by the Colorado General Assembly to develop, operate, and maintain a mass transit system for the Denver Metro Region. Efforts in these early years focused on regional transportation planning and providing bus service to the Denver Metro Region. RTD is governed by a 15-member elected Board of Directors, with each district containing approximately 200,000 residents.

The RTD Transit Police Department is dedicated to ensuring a welcoming transit environment for employees, customers and the community. The core mission of the Transit Police Department is to provide the highest quality police services by working with the RTD community and sharing mutual responsibilities for safety, service, and problem resolution, while striving to meet the agency’s strategic priorities of Community Value, Customer Excellence, Employee Ownership, and Financial Success

RTD is seeking a Chief of Police who will lead and manage the agency’s Transit Police Department, which is comprised of more than 200 law enforcement and security professionals and supplemented by sworn secondary employment officers from surrounding jurisdictions. This position reports directly to the General Manager and Chief Executive Officer (GM/CEO).

The Chief of Police plans, coordinates, organizes, and directs the operations of the Transit Police Department. Work involves communicating a balanced mission and vision regarding customer service, public safety, and law enforcement within a multimodal transit environment. The Chief of Police is responsible for the coordination and oversight of complex policing and security operations with a renewed emphasis on community policing. The transit service area, and therefore the police jurisdiction, encompasses 2,342 square miles, with operations in eight counties and 40 cities across the Denver metro region.

The Chief of Police inspects, monitors, reviews, and audits the agency’s public safety functions and activities; serves as a resource to stakeholder agencies regarding bus and rail security procedures; serves as a liaison to other public safety organizations and performs other related functions as directed. This position may be required to provide day-to-day communication on transit security operations, attend community and management meetings and meet with the Board of Directors to discuss policies and procedures.
This is a sworn law enforcement position. RTD Transit Police Officers are certified peace officers pursuant to § 16-2.5-146, C.R.S.

Specifically, the Chief of Police:
• Maintains the highest level of ethical standards throughout the ranks of the RTD Police Department.
• Assumes command during emergency law enforcement and transit security related situations and directs personnel in handling of situations.
• Fosters an environment within the department that places customer service as a high priority in interaction with transit customers and the general public.
• Directs law enforcement activities for Transit Police Department officers, including contracted security and supplemental secondary employment law enforcement officers with overall site security and law enforcement operations.
• Directs continuity of operations (COOP) planning and management
• Makes recommendations and assists the GM/CEO in enhancing current operational practices with regards to the agency’s five-year strategic plan and the Board of Directors’ policies and procedures. In addition, the Chief of Police will continue evaluating, reviewing and recommending best practices to achieve successful outcomes.

Additionally, the Chief of Police is responsible for
• Determining and implementing measures to support the agency’s strategic priorities, mission, vision, and values in concert with the agency’s board-adopted five-year strategic plan
• Leading the development, implementation, and oversight of the Transit Police Division annual budget
• Managing the development and implementation of department goals, objectives, policies, and priorities for each assigned service area; establishing appropriate service and staffing levels; and allocating resources accordingly
• Developing and maintains operating and capital budgets
• Maintaining department operations to remain compliant with state and federal regulatory requirements, to include transit related standards set forth by the Federal Transit Administration, the Federal Railroad Administration and the US Department of Transportation
• Making recommendations and presentations to the General Manager and CEO, Board of Directors and executive leadership as required
• Serving as an integral member of the agency’s Leadership Team to ensure effective collaboration and integration of activities with other agency departments in pursuit of established success outcomes

For consideration, send resume, letter of interest and contact information to:


Requires a combination of education and experience to successfully fulfill the leadership and technical needs of the RTD Transit Police Department Chief of Police position:

1. A Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice, Public Administration, Organizational Management, or a closely related field; Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice, Public Administration, Organizational Management or a closely related field preferred.
2. A minimum of ten (10) years’ experience as a sworn law enforcement officer, having served a minimum of one year within the last three years.
3. A minimum of five (5) years’ experience in a sworn supervisory/command role overseeing other sworn law enforcement officers.

In addition, qualified applicants must meet the following requirements:
• Possession of, or the ability to obtain, a valid Colorado Driver’s License (must be obtained within 30 days of start date).
• Possession of current Colorado Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) certification (or equivalent state or federal certification with ability to obtain Colorado POST certification within 6 months of start date).
• Ability to pass required security background check and security clearance.


The work environment and physical demands described here are representative of those required by an employee to perform the essential functions of this job with or without reasonable accommodations.
• While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, walk and talk or hear. The employee must be able to push, pull, lift or carry a person (approximately 100 lbs.) a minimum of 50 ft. for citizen or officer rescue.
• Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision and color vision.
• While performing the duties of this job, the employee is usually exposed to outside weather conditions. The employee is frequently exposed to moving trains and/or buses and vibration. The noise level in the work environment is usually loud.

Job Information
• Location: Denver, Colorado, United States
• Company Name: Regional Transportation District
• Position Title: Chief of Police – Transit Police Department
• Agency Type: Public Transportation Agency
• Job Function: Law Enforcement – Chief Executive
• Min Education: Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice, Public Administration, Organizational Management, or a closely related field
• Min Experience:
o 10 years’ experience as a sworn law enforcement officer, having served a minimum of one year within the last three years
o Five years’ experience in a sworn supervisory/command role overseeing other sworn law enforcement officers
• Required Travel: 0-10%
• Salary: $215,000-250,000
• Employee Benefits:
RTD is an equal employment opportunity employer, please see our EEO policy: .
RTD is a drug-free workplace and passing a drug test is a condition of employment.

The Immigration Reform and Control Act requires that verification of employment eligibility be documented for all new employees by the end of the third day of work.

RTD complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act and RTD Policy to provide reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities. If you have a disability and would like to request an accommodation in order to apply for this position, please call 303-299-2108 or email for assistance with the application process.

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