DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today that Lafayette Police Chief Paul Schultz will join the Office of the Attorney General as the director of the Peace Officer Standards and Training program in July.
“Chief Schultz brings with him a wealth of knowledge about law enforcement from his 35 years in the field, including 15 years as a chief of police in Lafayette and La Vista, Neb., to the Colorado’s Peace Officer Standards and Training program,” Suthers said. “He has big shoes to fill, but I am confident he will be a great addition to the office and an asset to Colorado’s law enforcement community.”
“Throughout my career in law enforcement I have had the honor of working at police agencies of all sizes,” Schultz said. “I look forward to using my experience to help Colorado continue to have one of the most professional and well-trained law enforcement communities in the country.”
Schultz has been chief of police in Lafayette since 2002. Prior to that he served for seven years as the chief of police in La Vista, Neb. He served as a police officer in Thornton, in roles ranging from officer to lieutenant, from 1975 through 1995. Schultz also has taught criminal justice classes at Metropolitan State College of Denver, served as an instructor at the Southern Police Institute and taught management courses for the International Association of Chiefs of Police.
He is a 1988 graduate of the University of Colorado at Denver’s masters program in administration of justice. He received his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice management and administration from Metropolitan State College of Denver in 1983 and his associates degree in law enforcement with certification in patrol procedures from Arapahoe Community College in 1978.
Schultz will replace John Kammerzell, who left the Office of the Attorney General after serving as director of the Peace Officer Standards and Training program from February 2001 through January 2010. Kammerzell is now serving as U.S. Marshal for the District of Colorado. Deborah D. Wilke, a former chief of police and academy director at Arapahoe Community College, will continue to serve as interim director of the program until Schultz joins the office.
Colorado’s Peace Officer Standards and Training program documents and manages the training and certification of all active peace officers and reserve peace officers working for Colorado law enforcement agencies. POST also provides continuing training on emerging issues, including anti-bias, DNA and witness protection issues. The POST Board, which includes law enforcement officers from across the state, oversees the program and advises its staff on policy matters and its day-to-day operations.
To learn more about POST, visit www.coloradoattorneygeneral.gov/post.