We are pleased to host CU Boulder Police Chief Doreen Jokerst to the show for this episode. Chief chats with us about the importance of listening and interacting with the communities she and her team serve. Additionally, she highlights the initiatives surrounding diversifying her team, specifically when it comes to female officers and teammates. Chief Jokerst has a unique perspective on the power of leadership in high impact scenarios and shares key insights as to how to ensure a strong community.
Doreen Jokerst is the Chief of Police at the University of Colorado Boulder Police Department. She currently leads a department of approximately ninety employees where she has implemented innovative and community-based policing strategies. She strives to build positive relations with the University and Boulder community and has brought forth new policing programs, resulting in effective policing efforts.
Prior to her appointment she served as a police commander in a Denver-metro suburb police department. She held a supervisory position in all major components of this organization to include Patrol, Investigations, the Office of Professional Standards and Support Services. She has commanded several critical incidents ensuring life safety priorities were at the forefront.
She holds a master's degree in psychology and a bachelor's degree in criminal justice. She has successfully completed the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command, the Senior Management Institute for Police course, and the FBI National Academy.
Doreen believes building and maintaining positive relationships with both internal and external stakeholders is critical in law enforcement, while ensuring fair and impartial policing. She has a successful, proven and well documented track record of working with sworn and civilian employees, community leaders, citizens, and advocacy groups to find common ground in order to build consensus and solve organizational and community problems.