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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

The University appointed Robin C. Brown, Director of Electronic Security, in February 2004 to address the design of an integrated security system for the Anschutz Medical Campus, security policies, badging and physical security.  He graduated in Accounting from Brigham Young University in 1971 he then served as a Vietnam era 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 Electronic Security, he serves on the Command Staff of the University Police Department.  He holds an MSc in Security Management from the University of Leicester and holds six professional certifications in the security industry.  He is Adjunct Faculty for Argosy University teaching Forensic Psychology and Criminal Justice courses.  He serves on the local ASIS International Chapter Board teaching the professional certification programs.


Steve Smidt, Patrol Division Commander

Steve Smidt is approaching his 35th year in law enforcement; 30 of those years with the University Police Department.  Commander Smidt served 10 years as a patrol officer, 3 years as a corporal, 10 years as a sergeant and 2 years as a lieutenant before promoting to his current position of Patrol Division Commander.  In his current assignment, Commander Smidt is responsible for departmental policy development, equipment and vehicle accountability, quartermaster duties and is the purchasing agent for the Police 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

Sergant 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, Director

Emergency Communications Center and Records

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 monitoring center. During her time with the department, she has moved the center three times, consolidated the 9th Avenue Communications 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, Colorado Certified Records Network and serves as the department’s coordinator for the Colorado Bureau of Investigations. In 2005, she received the department’s Outstanding Leadership Award.  The Aurora Rotary Club honored Cindee with the 2013 First Respoder Award.  In 2014, Cindee was promoted to Director of Emergency Communications Center and Records.

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