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Former Colorado Chief Heads Laurel Police Department

By Michael Ouderkirk
Suburban Newsline staff
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 since 2000. 

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 achievement.” 

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.

Last updated: 01/30/03 02:01 PM

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