Meet the Chief
Police Chief James “Jimmy” Jensen serves as Keenesburg’s first police chief. The inaugural chief is developing initiatives and policies that will provide residents and visitors to Keenesburg with a transparent and professional community-based police department. Chief Jensen came to Keenesburg after having been a command officer in two large Colorado sheriff’s offices.
Chief Jensen’s career began as a military policeman in the United States Marine Corps in 1982. In 1984, he joined the Adams County (CO) Sheriff’s Office where he served with distinction and made his way to the rank of division chief. In 1997, he joined the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office during the county’s rapid population boom, again making his way through the ranks to captain. He represented the United States as an international policeman and police monitor in post-war Kosovo.
He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy (174th Session, 1993). Jensen was appointed to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Officer Leadership Program where he worked on national traffic safety initiatives affecting aging Americans. He is a subject matter expert in issues facing both aging as well as teen drivers. He has developed curricula and authored a book on driver issues. The chief received the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association’s Trilogy Award for completing their ordered leadership training.
Chief Jensen counts personal and staff development as one of his strengths and favorite individual attributes. He excels at leader development; he has mentored two other men to their own respective matriculations to police chief roles—and countless others to promotion.
Chief Jensen’s charge and commitment is to create a police department that reflects, and at the same time incorporates, Keenesburg’s community values. He is entrusted with providing:
- A hometown police department that preserves the lifestyle and quality of life that Keenesburg’s residents have enjoyed for over a century;
- First-class, community-oriented policing;
- A transparent police department;
- A safe community through state-of-the-industry policing initiatives;
- Law enforcement accountability to the people of Keenesburg; and
- Sound, defensible policies and procedures.
Chief Jensen is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), the Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police, the FBI National Academy Associates (FBINA), and the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association (FBILEEDA).