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Wheat Ridge Police Department appointed Lucas Hunt as the new Commander for the Patrol Operations Division and Darrel Guadnola as a new Commander for Support Services, Investigations Bureau.

Hunt is a 30-year veteran police officer having served with the Chandler Police Department in Arizona for most of that time. He was responsible for the department’s Housing Program, the Park Ranger Program and the advanced community outreach and crime prevention programs. He also served as the director of the Critical Incident Stress Management Team and supervised the Code Enforcement Unit as well as the Bike Team, K-9, Narcotics and Administrative Units. Most recently, Hunt served as the Manager of the WRPD Community Services Team overseeing Code Enforcement, Animal Control and Parks Enforcement.

Hunt is a graduate of Columbia Southern University and received his Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Waldorf University in Forest City, Iowa. He attended the Northwestern University Police Staff and Command School. He also attended Southern Police Institute Leadership program at the University of Kentucky.

Guadnola began his career in law enforcement with the Brighton Police Department in 1995, and he moved to the Greenwood Village Police Department in 2002 serving in patrol and investigations as an officer and team leader. He is currently a sergeant with Greenwood Village and most recently was assigned to the criminal investigations unit. Guadnola has a strong background in patrol operations, investigations, emergency management and internal affairs. He has been a member of the 18th Judicial District’s Crisis Response Team, investigating officer-involved use of force incidents.

Guadnola has a bachelor of arts in Political Science from the University of Colorado, and two Masters Degrees in Finance/Accounting and Organizational Leadership.  He also holds certificates in employment law and executive leadership. He is a certified fraud examiner and has a real estate license. He was the Police Officer of the Year in 1997, the Distinguished Police Employee of the Year in 2000, and has received numerous other commendations throughout his career.