Published: Dec. 18, 2014

Ken KochThe University of Colorado Boulder Police Department has appointed Kenneth Koch as the New Deputy Chief of Support Services. 

Ken Koch joins the CUPD team bringing a thirty year military and law enforcement professional career.  He has a depth of experience in fields such as critical incident and terrorism training, criminal investigations, undercover narcotics, task force supervision, hostage negotiations and other critical incident response disciplines. He also has extensive experience in media relations and training specializing in leadership development, stress management and officer safety.

"Considering the thorough selection process and caliber of the other candidates who applied, I am honored to be chosen for this position,” Koch said. "This opportunity to join the CUPD team and contribute to Chief Zak's efforts and the entire team's efforts in continual service improvement is exciting."

Koch began his career as an enlisted member of the United States Air Force, special operations team, known as the Tactical Air Control Party. He then joined the Flagstaff Police Department in Arizona, where he spent 23 years in a variety of assignments, one of which included working with Northern Arizona University.  He later became the Interim Deputy Chief of Police for their Support Services Division. 

As the DC of Support Services, he provided leadership, guidance, and operating budget experience to an organization of 118 officers and 56 civilian personnel. He supervised a regional 911 emergency dispatching and records management center within a county wide joint public safety facility. He also supervised the Office of Professional Standards and Public Information efforts of the department.

Koch went on to become the Chief of Police for the Taos Police Department in New Mexico in 2012 before retiring and starting his own consulting company, VIP Solutions in 2014.

“I plan to do my part in those efforts and intend to lend my background and experience where ever Chief Zak feels I can contribute most,” Koch said.

He is a graduate of the F.B.I.’s National Academy with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice.