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Sergeant Tracy Wardell has been promoted to Police Commander of the Wheat Ridge Police Department. Wardell will assume commander responsibilities within the Patrol Division responsible for day watch, including the department’s Crash and Traffic Team and the Crime Prevention Team, which includes School Resource Officers. He will also oversee the West Metro SWAT Team.

Wardell joined the WRPD in 1992 and was promoted to sergeant in 2006. During his 25-year tenure with WRPD, Wardell has served on the SWAT Team, as a detective for the Investigations Bureau, and as a motorcycle officer and Accident Reconstructionist. He took on the role of Professional Standards Supervisor in 2013. With the retirement of Commander Mark Cooney last week, Commander Mike Hendershot will assume responsibilities as the Emergency Preparedness Manager and later this year, the responsibilities of Investigations Bureau Commander.

Other changes within the department include Sergeant Jamie Watson assuming duties as the Professional Standards Unit Supervisor and the promotions of Corporal Bobbi Dawkins and Detective Chris Krieger to Police Sergeant. Krieger will be assigned to Watch II and Dawkins will be assigned to Watch III. With the promotion of Krieger, Detective Justin Paugh will become a Core Property Detective.