Commander Barry Hartkopp is in charge of the Professional Standards Unit, which provides the community with the ability to voice their concerns about the department and employees. This unit also receives many compliments about officers and civilian staff who have helped those in their time of need. Commander Hartkopp has worked for the Boulder Police Department for 32 years in several roles starting as a property and evidence technician in 1989.
In 1993 Commander Hartkopp was assigned to the newly created Hill Team and soon became part of the FTO program. He became a SWAT operator that same year and for 18 years on that team he continued to grow serving as a Team Leader and assistant commander. In 1996, he became a detective and in 1999 he was part of the first group assigned to a newly formed Major Crimes Unit.
A short while later in 2002 he was promoted to sergeant and assigned to Patrol. He also served as a sergeant on the Boulder County Drug Task Force, Neighborhood Impact Team, and most recently the Major Crimes Unit.