On Tuesday, December 12, 2011, Robert C. White was sworn in as the 69th Chief of Police for the Denver Police Department. Chief White comes to Denver after serving nearly nine years as Chief of Police of the Louisville Metro Police Department. The Louisville Metro Police Department was created on January 6, 2003 with the merger of the Louisville Police Department and the Jefferson County Police Department. Chief White was the department’s first Chief of Police. It was under his direction in which the successful merger of these two departments occurred by creating a single department valuing crime prevention through the creation of strong citizen-police relationships based upon accountability and trust.
Chief White's law enforcement career began in May 1972 when he was appointed as an officer with the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, D.C. During his tenure, he worked in every bureau within the department and attained the rank of Assistant Chief. After 23 years of service, he retired and was appointed the first Director of Public Safety for the District of Columbia Housing Authority. In 1997, Chief White was asked to return to the Metropolitan Police Department as the Assistant Chief over all patrol operations to help revitalize the department. As assistant chief in our nation's capital, he oversaw one of the largest reductions in crime of any major city. In June of 1998, Chief White accepted the position of Chief of Police for the Greensboro, North Carolina Police Department. He served in this position for over four years until taking over as the head of the Louisville Metro Police Department.
Throughout his career, Chief White has valued education and has demonstrated a commitment to learning. In 1991, he completed the Contemporary Executive Development Program at George Washington University. Two years later, in 1993, Chief White received a Bachelor of Arts Degree, summa cum laude, in Public Administration from the University of the District of Columbia. Just three years later, in 1996, Chief White obtained his Master of Science Degree in Applied Behavioral Science from Johns Hopkins University.