Chief of Police
Mark Beckner has been the City of Boulder's Chief of Police since 1998. Beckner joined the Boulder Police Department in June 1978. His career with the Boulder Police Department is highlighted below:
(1978 -1981) Officer in department
(1981 -1983) Detective Division - handled property crimes
(1983) Promoted to Sergeant
(1983 -1991) Patrol Division - involved in tactical field training; served as supervisor of the Crime Scene Investigator program
- (1985-86) in charge of the tactical patrol team, handling undercover investigations, bank robberies, criminal trespass cases, drug crimes, and burglaries
- (1987-89) supervisor of the Liquor Code Enforcement Team
- (1989-91) traffic supervisor (January 1991-October 1991)
(1991 -1994) Internal Affairs Investigator
(1991 -1994) Professional Standards Unit Supervisor in charge of all internal affairs investigations
(1994 - 1997) Promoted to Commander and assigned to Patrol as Commander of Watch II. Also assigned as Commander of the SWAT Team.
(1997) Assigned to take over Command of the JonBenet Ramsey investigation.
(1998) Assigned to Commander of the entire Detective Division
(June 1998) Promoted to Chief of Police
Beckner has a master's degree in Criminal Justice Administration from the University of Colorado in Denver.
In addition to his long career with the city, Beckner has experience in hostage negotiation, training on a variety of police topics and is a published author on police topics.
Beckner has received the Department's Award for Excellence in May 1992, the Officer of the Year Award in 1980 and won the 1979 Top Graduate Award from the Boulder Police Academy.