Chief of Police

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Message from Chief Dave Pickett

On July 19, 2019, Chief Dan Brennan retired after 42 years of service in law enforcement and the City recently launched a national search for a new Chief. While that process is underway, the City Manager appointed me as the Interim Chief.

I have been with the department since 1984 when I joined as a patrol officer. Soon after I became a Field Training Officer, and worked my way through special assignments and the ranks of Sergeant and Commander and most recently as the Division Chief for Support Services which includes Investigations, Records, Evidence, Crime Analysis, Training and Accreditation. I also served 25 years on SWAT and have been a skills instructor for more than 30 years.  Through my experience with the First Judicial District Critical Incident Response Team, I gained expertise in the area of officer involved shooting investigations. I currently serve on the Leadership Jefferson County Steering Committee and lead the department's support for Mothers Against Drunk Drivers.

If you have questions about the department or concerns about our community, please contact me. I look forward to meeting you at one of our community meetings or an event this fall.

Chief Dave Pickett


 Annual Reports

 2017 Annual Report

 2018 Annual Report

The National Search for the next Chief of Police 

The City has engaged Public Sector Search and Consulting (PSSC) to lead the national search process for the City’s next Chief of Police. Input from the community on the qualities we want in the next Chief of Police is very important to us. PSSC will hold community and employee focus group meetings to gain a better understanding of the qualities Wheat Ridge desires in its next Chief. The Community Forum is planned for Sept. 18 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Wheat Ridge Recreation Center 4005 Kipling St. Please join us and provide your input on the ideal candidate for our next Chief of Police.

PSSC has also created an online survey to gather input from employees and the community about the ideal candidate for this important role. Hard copies are also available at City Hall, the WR Recreation Center, and the Active Adult Center.

Please take the survey and promote this opportunity with your friends and neighbors. The survey will close on Sunday, September 22.


In addition to leading the department, the Chief of Police has direct oversight of the Professional Standards Unit, Emergency Management and the Public Information Officer. The Police Chief's primary responsibilities are to prepare and update policies and procedures; investigate complaints against police department employees, oversee the emergency management function; lead the recruitment and selection process; and represent the department in county, state and national law enforcement programs.

Wheat Ridge Police Department Community Forum Series

September 2017 Forum on Crime

November 2017 Forum on Homelessness