Command Staff and Divisions
Interim Chief of Police
Interim Chief of Police
Interim Chief Adam Turk began his law enforcement career 25 years ago. He has been with the Greeley Police Department since 1999. He has worked in a variety of positions to include patrol officer, sergeant, lieutenant and deputy chief. His experience includes working as an officer, a field training officer, detective, detective sergeant and commander of investigations. He served as the SWAT commander and coordinator of the 19th Judicial Critical Incident Response Team. During this interim role, he oversees the day to day operations of 221 police department employees, including 157 sworn officers and 64 non-sworn civilian employees. Interim Chief Turk has a Bachelor of Arts Degree and a Master of Arts Degree from the University of Northern Colorado and is a 2016 graduate of the FBI National Academy, Session #266.
interim chief of police and Support Services Division
Adam Turk is the Services Division Deputy Chief at the Greeley Police Department. The Services Division includes the investigations section, the Weld County Drug Task Force, training unit, professional standards unit, and records division. Deputy Chief Turk started his law enforcement career with the Evans Police Department in 1996 and has been with the Greeley Police Department since 1999. Deputy Chief Turk has served in a variety of assignments during his career to include: patrol officer, field training officer, detective, detective sergeant, SWAT Commander, and Investigations Commander. Deputy Chief Turk has a master’s degree from the University of Northern Colorado and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, Session #266.
Operations Division Deputy Chief
Deputy Chief Mike Zeller has been with the Greeley Police Department since January of 2001. Prior to becoming a member of the Greeley Police Department he spent time as a deputy sheriff with the Denver and Grand County Sheriff’s Departments. Deputy Chief Zeller has served in numerous roles with the Greeley Police Department including most recently leading the Support Services Division. Deputy Chief Zeller earned a master of public administration degree from the University of Colorado-Denver and is a graduate of the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command as well as the University of Denver Public Safety Leadership Program.
The Operations Division is responsible for Patrol, which includes Day, Swing and Late shifts, the Bomb Unit, Field Training Officers, K-9 unit, Animal Control Officers, Public Safety Technicians and School Crossing Guards. Patrol also entails Special Operations that includes, Neighborhood Action Team (NAT), School Resource Officers (SRO), Special Enforcement Team (SET), the Traffic unit, SWAT and the Crisis Negotiation Unit. The Operations Division has four commanders as well.
Greeley/Weld County Bomb Squad
The Greeley/Weld County Bomb Squad was created in 1973. Since the bomb squad’s inception in 1973, it has grown to have six certified explosive ordinance disposal (EOD) technicians and one para technician. The Greeley/Weld bomb squad is F.B.I. accredited. We are recognized nationally as a regional bomb squad and service the following counties: Weld, Morgan, Logan, Washington, Yuma, Sedgwick, and Phillips. This region adds up to over 13,000 square miles, a population of 324,000, and 36 law enforcement agencies.
The Greeley/Weld bomb squad provides training for first responders in the counties it serves. This training includes but is not limited to homemade explosives, evacuation protocols, bomb squad equipment/availability, and first responder responsibilities on a suspicious package call. In the event of a terrorist attack in our region, the Greeley/Weld bomb squad would be called upon to deal with any type of explosive device. The Greeley/Weld bomb squad is frequently called upon to assist with special events in our region including recent visits by the President of the United States, Vice President of the United States, cabinet secretaries, and major party political nominees.
The intent of the Special Weapons and Tactics Program is to provide the police department with tactical response capability at emergency incidents beyond the scope of normal patrol operations.
Crisis Negotiations Unit
The Greeley Police Department Crisis Negotiations Unit is comprised of ten members. The members receive specialized training in negotiation skills, communication skills and behavioral analysis. The team responds in coordination with the Greeley Police Department SWAT team when needed and responds to people in crisis on a regular basis. CNU is a collateral assignment within the Greeley Police Department so it is staffed with officers that work in all areas of the agency. Team members continually develop their skills training with the SWAT team as well as other negotiators to stay up on current negotiating trends.
Special Enforcement Team (SET)
The Special Enforcement Team (SET) is a proactive unit that focuses on the apprehension of high-risk offenders, warrant services, and career criminals. They also assist other units within the Department and have close ties to several outside agencies in including local, state, and federal levels. The Special Enforcement Team also supports several special events such and the Greeley Stampede and Sex Offender roundup.
Neighborhood Action Team
The Neighborhood Action Team specializes in proactively solving chronic and complicated problems within the community by partnering with non-profit, government, and business organizations. They are responsible for community outreach and engagement accomplished by hosting and participating in special events and utilizing social media. They manage a variety of programs designed to empower and enrich our community including the Shoplifter Task Force, College and High School internships, and Operation Safe Stay.
The primary goal of the Department’s police traffic management program is to promote the safe and expeditious flow of vehicular and pedestrian traffic through effective and efficient traffic law enforcement and delivery of police traffic related services designed to reduce traffic collisions and their resultant fatalities and injuries. The Traffic Unit has authorized staffing of one Sergeant and seven Officers. Traffic Officers use motorcycles, marked police vehicles, and unmarked police vehicle to enforce traffic laws.
School Resource Officer Program (SRO)
The School Resource Officer Program (SRO) works collaboratively with the school district to reduce crime, improve campus safety, and provide a safe and healthy learning environment.
The unit is made up of five specially trained officers and one Sergeant. The SROs provide excellent police service to 30 schools, and over 20,000 students.
The principal focus of the unit is to ensure the safety and security of our children. However, the SROs spend the vast majority of their time building rapport with students and providing informal counseling. They frequently teach classes on the dangers of texting and driving, alcohol and drug abuse, and the importance of reporting criminal activity.
The police canine provides many valuable services including criminal apprehension, evidence and contraband detection and public relations activities.
The primary function of a police service dog is to locate suspects and detect illegal narcotics. The use of a dual purpose police service dog (PSD) provides officers with a tactical advantage when searching for criminal suspects. This advantage provides for the rapid detection of criminal suspects and the protection of officers thus assuring the safety of the community. The application of a police service dog for the immediate apprehension of a suspect or for the immediate safety of the officer or general public may be required.
The men and women in uniform are visible throughout the city and ready to respond to the public’s calls for service. We have sworn officers along with Public Safety Technicians. We currently have four sectors dividing the city Sector A (North Greeley) Sector B (South/East Greeley) Sector C (West Greeley) and Sector D (Downtown Greeley). Our patrol officers are equipped with fully marked patrol vehicles. If you have a non emergent crime you may see one of our Public Safety Technicians responding. Here at the Greeley Police Department we pride ourselves in customer service and community-oriented policing.
Support Services Division
The Support Services Division is responsible for providing the administrative and investigations functions of the police department. We maintain records and evidence for both the Greeley Police Department and the Weld County Sheriff’s Office. In addition we assist the Chief of Police with budget preparation and oversight. We manage the recruitment, personnel, and training functions for the organization. The division provides investigative support to the agency through the criminal investigations section and the Weld County Drug Task Force, which are each led by a police commander.
The Investigations Section of the Greeley Police Department is commanded by Commander Roy Smith who reports directly to the Services Division Deputy Chief. The Investigations section is broken down into three distinctive workgroups, Persons Unit, Property Unit, and the Gang Unit. Each individual unit is directly supervised by a Sergeant of the Greeley Police Department. Each unit is responsible for conducting felony criminal investigations within their area of expertise. The Investigation section also oversees Greeley Detectives assigned to the regional lab as well as the Sex Offender Management Unit. If you have information on a crime, please contact the Greeley Police Department or Crime Stoppers. http://nococrimestoppers.com/
Weld County Drug Task Force
The Weld County Task Force includes members of the Greeley Police Department, Weld County Sheriff’s Office and Evans Police Department. The Weld County Task Force’s primary job is to interdict and investigate high volume drug trafficking. To contact the Weld County Drug Task Force please call: 970-351-5210
Records Manager Susan “Susie” West began her career in law enforcement working in records at the Adams County Sheriff’s Detention Center in 1991. Susie became a sworn officer in the fall of 1992, obtaining her certification in January 1995, serving with the Evans Police Department, they Weld County Drug Task Force, and the Greeley Police Department. When medical issues forced her retirement from the sworn side, and she returned to her roots, now managing Greeley/Weld County Criminal Justice Records and Evidence. Susie is a graduate of Franklin University with a degree in Forensic Accounting.
For all your records requests please see the records tab.
The Financial Unit is managed by Lindsey Ulrich who reports directly to the Services Division Deputy Chief. The Financial Unit is responsible for accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, purchasing, budget control, and officer equipment inventory. The unit also prepares the biennial budget with the support of the command staff. Lastly, the Greeley Police Department is constantly seeking grant opportunities to continue to be fiscally responsible; therefore, the unit also manages state, federal and private grants.