Harold Chatman named new police commander

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By The Staff

COMMERCE CITY — Commerce City Chief of Police Troy Smith announced March 10 that Harold Chatman joined the department at the new police commander, effective March 10.


“I am excited to have someone with Chatman’s professional experience and education joining the management team at the Commerce City Police Department,” said Chief Smith in a news release annoucning Chatman’s hiring.

Chatman brings a diverse career in law enforcement and private sector leadership experience to his new role with the police department. Most recently Chatman served as the Director of Player Development for the Denver Broncos, Chatman was responsible for players’ continuing education, facilitating and arranging Rookie Life Skills Classes, resolving off-the-field problems.

  In the course of his 29-year law enforcement career, including 20 years with the Denver Police Department, Chatman rose to the rank of Captain of the Vice and Narcotics Bureau.

As a Lieutenant with the Denver Police Department he served as a direct aide to the Division Chiefs of Patrol and of Technology and Support. His duties ranged from development of community-based crime reduction efforts along several major city corridors, to providing oversight for high school and community resource officer programs, as well as overseeing the largest city police vehicle fleet in the State of Colorado.

      As a sergeant with the Denver Police Department, he served as a supervisor in the Patrol Division, Internal Affairs and Gang Bureaus. Chatman also had a prestigious assignment in the Denver Police Department’s METRO / SWAT Bureau, arguably one of the busiest tactical units in the region.

  “This is a great opportunity to help support and guide the Commerce City Police Department, a department with one of the brightest futures in the State of Colorado,” Chatman said in the release. “It is truly an honor to have been chosen for such an important position.”

Chatman has five master’s degrees; a masters in sport psychology from Regis University, a masters in community leadership from Regis University, a masters of criminal justice administration from the University of Colorado, a masters in social work from the University of Denver, a masters in public administration from University of Colorado, and a bachelor’s degree in sociology/education also from the University of Colorado. Chatman is a graduate of the FBI National Academy.