Paul Southard

Command Staff
Title: Chief of Police
Phone: 303-655-2300

Police Chief Southard started in law enforcement as a reserve deputy with the Adams County Sheriff’s Office in 1987. He began his career with the Brighton Police Department as a police officer in 1988 and is currently the captain in charge of the Police Operations Division.

Chief Southard has worked as a patrol officer, detective, sergeant and lieutenant. As a sergeant he worked patrol as well as managing the Police Reserve Unit, bicycle patrol, school resource officers, Field Training Program, and the Detective Division. As a Lieutenant he was the commander of the department’s Mobile Field Force and Detective Division.

Chief Southard has been the recipient of a number of department awards including City of Brighton Supervisor of the Year, two police department Employee of the Year awards, and several Distinguished Service awards. He holds a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership from Colorado State University-Global and is a 2008 graduate of Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command.


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