About Barry

Barry Hartkopp was appointed Acting Deputy Chief of Operations in January 2024. He is currently in charge of the Department's Operations Division, which oversees enforcement and investigative functions. Operations includes all Patrol watches, Traffic, Investigations (detectives), Animal Protection, Code Enforcement, Community Services, School Resource Officers and the department's legal advisor.

Acting Deputy Chief Hartkopp started working for the Boulder Police Department as an evidence technician in 1989, and became an officer in 1990.

In 1993 Acting Deputy Chief 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.

He was promoted to Commander in 2021, and was assigned to the Professional Standards Unit before being transferred to the Patrol Section.