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Meet the Department

Welcome. Here you will find photographs and short bios of our department command staff and supervisors. 


Doug Abraham, Chief of Police

Doug Abraham was appointed as the chief of police for the University Police Department in 2004. He came from the Aurora Police Department where he retired as a division chief after 29 years. During his career, he received the Aurora Police Department Distinguished Service Cross as well as numerous other department and community awards. He is a graduate of the 191st Session of the FBI National Academy for Police Executives. He holds a bachelor of science from Metropolitan State College of Denver in criminal justice and criminology and an MPA from the University of Colorado Denver in criminal justice executive leadership. He has instructed in police academies and presented nationally on community policing. He has also participated in the creation of prevention strategies for juvenile crime for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Education.


Robin C. Brown, Director of Electronic Security

Robin C. Brown was appointed director of electronic security in February 2004 to address the design of an integrated security system for the Anschutz Medical Campus. He graduated in accounting from Brigham Young University in 1971, he then served as an Air Force pilot until he was recruited by the FBI. Robin specialized in white-collar crime, special operations and covert aviation, retiring as a Supervisory Special Agent in 1998. He has taught at the FBI Academy, many professional organizations and government agencies in complex fraud and investigative techniques. He later served as the director of corporate security and safety for international firms and formed his own security consulting firm. As the director of security he works closely with the University Police Department and other stakeholders regarding security principles. He holds an MSc in security management from the University of Leicester and holds five professional certifications in industrial security. He serves on the local ASIS International chapter board teaching the professional certification programs.


Steve Smidt, Commander

Steve Smidt has more than 30 years of law enforcement experience. He has been employed by the University Police Department for the past 25 years—10 years as a patrol officer, 3 years as a corporal, 10 years as a sergeant and 2 years as a lieutenant.  He has held numerous duty assignments which include field training officer, field training program coordinator and bicycle program administrator. In his current assignment as the department’s administrative sergeant, he is responsible for revising the department’s current policy manual, researching and developing new policies for the police department, acting as the department’s quartermaster, accounting for all department equipment and vehicles, and acting as the purchasing agent for the department.


Mike Fischer, Investigative Sergeant

Mike Fischer was hired as a patrol officer for the University Police Department in 1987. During his career, he has received numerous department and community awards. He was promoted to the rank of sergeant in 1999. He holds an associate degree in administrative justice. Currently, he is in charge of the Investigation Division at the police department.


John Hughes, Training Sergeant

Sergeant John Hughes was hired by the University of Colorado Denver in 1982 as a student worker and accepted a full-time position with the University Facilities Department 1984. He transferred to the police department in 1993 and has held the rank of police intern, police officer, corporal and patrol sergeant.  He has been the Koga use of Force instructor since 1994 and is now a senior Koga instructor in self-defense, arrest control and Koga baton. His current assignments include property room custodian, field training coordinator and training sergeant, responsible for 63 full-time employees. He has also served in the Army and Air National Guard and was deployed to Operation Desert Storm and Operation Enduring Freedom/Iraqi Freedom.


Jim Werner, Patrol Sergeant

Jim Werner began his employment with the University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus in May 1991 when he was hired as a police officer.  He was promoted to detective in 1995 and detective sergeant in 1999.  He holds a bachelor of science from Metropolitan State College of Denver in criminal justice and criminology. He is currently assigned to the patrol division and has served in the Colorado Army National Guard.


Deana LoSasso, Patrol Sergeant

Deana LoSasso began her police career with the University Police Department in 1993. She was promoted to the rank of sergeant in 2004. She started the bicycle patrol program in 1995 with three officers. She was the coordinator of the bicycle patrol program and watched it grow to seven officers until 2006 when she resigned her position. She was a field training officer for three years. Deana has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She has been a committee member of the Rocky Mountain Women in Law Enforcement since 2003, where they are dedicated to “Enhancing Law Enforcement, One Woman at a Time.”


James Myrsiades, Patrol Sergeant

James Myrsiades was hired as a police officer in 1998 after spending a brief stint as a security guard for the then University of Colorado Health Sciences Center Police Department. Promoted to sergeant in 2007, he has received leadership awards and a commendation for leading the University Police Department in its role at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. He is a graduate of the Community College of Aurora’s Police Academy and a former United States Marine. He has been an instructor in first responder awareness for weapons of mass destruction and has been involved in the Rape Aggression Defense instruction program for men and women for more than seven years.


Cindee Battle, Communications Manager

Cindee Battle began her career with the University Police Department in 1989 as a police communications technician. In 1999 she was promoted to police communications supervisor and assigned to oversee the development and implementation of the new Police Emergency Communications Center at the Anschutz Medical Campus, which includes police dispatch, records section and electronic security monitoring center. During her time with the department, she has moved the center three times, consolidated the 9th Avenue Communication Center and created a backup center. In 2006 she was promoted to police communications manager. Cindee is an active member of the Association of the Public-Safety Communications Officials, Association of Law Enforcement Records, Technicians, Supervisors and Managers, and serves as the department’s coordinator for the Colorado Bureau of Investigations. In 2005, she received the department’s Outstanding Leadership Award.

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