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Wheat Ridge Police Department Commander Mark Cooney is retiring after 38 years with the department. 

Cooney began his employment with the Wheat Ridge Police Department on April 1, 1979. He graduated from the police academy first in his class and was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 1988. In 2007, he became a Commander for the department.

Over the course of his law enforcement career, Cooney received numerous letters of commendation as well as appreciation from his chain of command, other law enforcement agencies, and citizens of the Wheat Ridge community.

In 2008, Cooney was the driving force in developing the SAFER program that allows the department to use data-driven strategies to accomplish operational goals. He also became the department’s Emergency Manager and worked to develop the Emergency Management Plan and integrate it into day-to-day operations.