Mayor Michael B. Hancock announced today the launch of an official nationwide search for Denver Police Chief candidates and that the search will be conducted by an independent organization.
In order to administer a fair and effective search that will identify high quality candidates from across the country, the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) was hired. PERF is a national organization led by police executives from the largest city, county and state law enforcement agencies in the U.S.
“It’s one of my highest priorities to find a leader who will bring new ideas and a fresh sense of confidence and transparency to our Police Department,” Mayor Hancock said. “I am confident PERF will help uncover an individual who will not only lead our officers and protect our citizens, but will also work to bring this City together.”
A leader in progressive policing practices and national research, PERF has conducted successful police chief searches for major cities across the country, including Dallas, Boston and Los Angeles.
PERF was chosen due to its alignment with Mayor Hancock’s support of 21st Century policing, and the Mayor’s agenda to increase community policing in Denver neighborhoods.
Throughout his career, Mayor Hancock has taken a leading role in safety management and maintained constant involvement in improving our City’s safety departments. He served on the review board of national candidates for Manager of Safety in 2010. He also helped develop the Office of Independent Monitor and today’s police discipline system.