Commander named new chief of Denver Police Department

Paul Pazen will replace the retiring Robert White

Associated Press
Posted 7/3/18

A commander with more than 20 years of experience on the Denver Police Department is its next chief. Denver Mayor Michael Hancock announced recently that Paul Pazen will lead the department. Hancock …

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Commander named new chief of Denver Police Department

Paul Pazen will replace the retiring Robert White

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A commander with more than 20 years of experience on the Denver Police Department is its next chief.

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock announced recently that Paul Pazen will lead the department.

Hancock says Pazen was "a clear top choice" of city officials and residents involved in the search.

Pazen was one of five finalists interviewed. All of the finalists are members of the department's command staff.

Chief Robert White in April announced plans to retire after more than six years leading the department. White previously worked in Louisville, Kentucky and Washington, D.C.

“The testament to Chief White’s indelible impact on the department is the deep bench of leadership he has developed, and Paul Pazen has been a rising star in the department who is one of the many results of that work,” Hancock said in a news release.

Pazen joined the department in 1995 after five years in the U.S. Marines Corps.

Pazen said he wants to build on the department's changes under White and add "precision policing" and wraparound services to minimize crime and violence.

“My family has a lifelong commitment to service and there is no job I would rather have than to be a member of the Denver Police Department,” Pazen said in the news release. “I am truly grateful to the mayor for this opportunity and look forward to leading the dedicated men and women of DPD.”

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