Chief of Police

Joe Harvey
Chief of Police
Golden Police Department

Contact Information
911 10th Street
Golden, CO 80401


Joe serves as the Chief of Police for the Golden Police Department.  He has 34 years of progressive law enforcement, leadership, and management experience.  He started his career in 1987 with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department.  He spent 21 years with the Greenwood Village Police Department and joined the Golden Police Department in January of 2015.   

Joe has a master’s degree in Criminal Justice and a certificate in Police Executive Leadership from the University of Colorado at Denver.  He has attended numerous executive command schools including The FBI National Academy, Northwestern School of Police Staff and Command and the Senior Management Institute for Police.  He has also obtained an Employment Law Certification from the Employers Council. 

Joe believes in a multidimensional approach to solving crime and social disorder issues through results-driven policing, which includes the utilization of data, community engagement, advanced problem solving, and the application of traditional law enforcement strategies.  He understands that success is enhanced through the process of building and establishing long-term partnerships within the community and allowing police officers to use sound judgment and discretion in the application of their duties. 

In leading a police organization, Joe has established a reputation for designing and implementing systems, which improve organizational functioning and achieving positive outcomes.  He believes people make organizations successful and has been dedicated to coaching, mentoring, and influencing others who are destined to become the future of the law enforcement profession.

Joe is devoted to family first.  Joe and his wife Stephanie are raising twin eight-year-old boys Alexander and Jacob.  They are an active family enjoying swimming, sports, and other outdoor activities.  He loves playing golf, corn hole, and spending time with his neighbors and friends.  He is an honest and forthright person.  Joe believes we should always treat people better than they expected; that we should always do the right thing and our performance and results matter!

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