|Former Colorado Chief
Heads Laurel Police Department
Jan. 30, 2003
David Moore, the former police chief
in Fountain, Colo., has become Laurel’s new police chief.
Moore, 55, is a 20-year veteran of the Colorado
Springs Police Department and has been the Fountain police chief
While in Colorado Springs, he served as
commander of special operations, where he oversaw the department’s
helicopters, canines, explosives team, crisis negotiators and dive
team. Those activities taught him crisis management and prepared him
to be a chief, he said.
Moore spent six years in the Navy following
high school and as a diver helped rescue astronauts whose spacecraft
landed in water.
Moore received his associate’s degree in
liberal studies and police sciences from Pikes Peak Community
College. He received a bachelor’s degree in communications in 1996
from Regis University in Colorado Springs and in 2000, received his
master’s degree in language and communications from Regis
University in Denver, which he proclaims his “finest
Moore has been married for 23 years to his
wife, Paula, a nurse manager at the Colorado Springs Community
Health Center, and has a 19-year-old son, Jesse, who is preparing to
become a firefighter.
Moore replaces Roy Gilmore, who left in May to
teach a police corps training program at the University of Maryland.
Laurel Mayor Craig Moe formally introduced
Moore to the City Council at a Nov. 6 work session.
Moore is the first black police chief in
Laurel, whose population is almost 35 percent black, according to
2000 U.S. Census data. He
does not see this as a challenge, nor does he see any issues between
Laurel’s black community and the police force.
“I see the community as a kaleidoscope,”
said Moore, who, among more than 300 police chiefs in Colorado, was
the only African-American. “We all have our differences and
everyone has something positive to bring.”
Jim Collins, Laurel spokesman, said Moore’s
commitment to community outreach programs and youth programs were
what attracted Moe.
Moore said he would like to set up a youth
council in Laurel like the one he oversaw in Fountain. This council
would include juniors and seniors from Laurel’s high schools
debating youth issues much like a city council does.
Moore said Fountain’s youth council has had
much success in the two years since he started it. Members of the
seven-member council have attended sessions of the Colorado Supreme
Court on issues relating to teens and children and have been
introduced on the floor of the Colorado Senate.
Moore also started the Police Activity League
in Fountain and Colorado Springs, a program pairing at-risk kids
with police officers as their mentors. Moore said youth crime was
down 10 percent in the program’s first year.
Capt. Andrew Stroup has been Laurel’s acting
police chief since Gilmore left. He said he dropped out of the
competition to become chief so he could spend more time with his
family and because he is nearing retirement.
“I think Moore is the type of person that
will fit in to the community,” Stroup said. “He is very
committed to police officers and truly believes in his employees.
He’s a team player, and that’s what we’re all about.”
The National Civic League picked Fountain as
one of 10 “All-America Cities” last year for its community
involvement in solving local issues.
Moore wrote the youth initiatives section of city’s
application for the award.
01/30/03 02:01 PM
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