Division Chief Jim Lorentz has served at the Wheat Ridge, Colorado Police Department in a variety of functions including patrol officer, vice/narcotics detective, sergeant, lieutenant, commander, Internal Affairs supervisor, and SWAT Team Leader. He is an instructor in numerous police disciplines, specializing in leadership, anti-bias policing, and police ethics.
Chief Lorentz has earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Forensic Studies from Indiana University and a Master of Criminal Justice degree in Public Affairs, Police Executive Leadership from the University of Colorado. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) Senior Management in Policing (SMIP). Chief Lorentz in an instructor from the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Alzheimer’s Initiatives Program and in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association, he teaches 1st Responders to Persons with Dementia in connection with Crisis Intervention Training (CIT). He is on the Emeritus Board of Directors of Family Tree, Inc., a non-profit organization to help people overcome child abuse, domestic violence and homelessness to become safe, strong and self-reliant, and he received the 2018 Alzheimer’s Hero Award from the Alzheimer’s Association of Colorado.