Chief Marco Vasquez

Marco Vasquez was appointed Chief of Police for the Town of Erie in Colorado in 2013, and has served for 43 years in Colorado law enforcement.

Rising through the ranks at the Denver Police Department (DPD), Chief Vasquez retired as the Deputy Chief of Administration in 2008 after 36 years with the department. Chief Vasquez gained extensive experience throughout his career in internal affairs investigations, drug enforcement and patrol operations. As Deputy Chief of Administration, he was responsible for the annual budget of more than $175 million.

Vasquez was named Chief of Sheridan (CO) Police Department in 2008, serving until 2010. The next year, he became the first Chief of Investigations for the newly-created Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division for the Colorado Department of Revenue and served in this capacity until 2013.

Throughout his career, Chief Vasquez has been a strong advocate of community policing and has implemented the community policing philosophy in the agencies where he has worked. As one of the leading authorities on legalization of marijuana in Colorado, Chief Vasquez serves as the Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) Marijuana Issues Committee chair. In that capacity, he has participated in a number of rule-making working groups and panels, such as the Amendment 64 Implementation Law Enforcement Issues Committee, the Use of Recreational Marijuana Sales Tax Revenues Interim Study Committee, and the Department of Revenue Marijuana Edibles and Potency Working groups. Chief Vasquez has assisted the CACP in developing the “CACP Marijuana Position Paper” and the Police Foundation in developing Colorado’s Legalization of Marijuana and the Impact on Public Safety-A Practical Guide for Law Enforcement.

Chief Vasquez received a master’s degree in Management from Regis University and is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), Colorado Chiefs of Police Association (CACP) and the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF). Chief Vasquez has also graduated from PERF’s Senior Management Institute in Policing (SMIP) and the IACP Leadership in Police Organizations (LPO) course.

Chief Vasquez can be reached directly at mvasquez@policefoundation.org

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