Deputy Chief Stephen Redfearn 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.
He joined the Boulder Police Department in 2021 and has more than 22 years of previous law enforcement experience from prior agencies where he started as a cadet and 911 dispatcher before becoming commissioned and working his way up the ranks. Deputy Chief Redfearn has a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Sociology from Metropolitan State University and a Master of Science degree in Organizational Leadership from Colorado State University.
Deputy Chief Redfearn holds several important roles both within the department and the community, including being the Department's LGBTQ+ police liaison.