Dennis Potter retired in 2004 as a Captain with
the Jefferson County Colorado Sheriff’s Department in Golden, Colorado. His assignment experience during his 33 years
as a peace officer includes Patrol, Jail, Homicide Investigations, Victim Services, Motorcycles, Forensic Laboratory, Evidence,
Communications, Civil and Fugitive, Recruiting, Training, Dispatch, Records Management, Crime Prevention, Public Information
Officer, Accreditation, Policy Development, Emergency Management, Staff Inspections and Director of the Law Enforcement Training
Dennis Potter has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Colorado
State University, and a Masters Degree in American Military Studies from American Military University in Manassas, Virginia.
His critical incident management experience includes
police operations of the 2002 Hayman Wildfire, Colorado’s largest wildfire in history, Department manager for three
police officer deaths, and Headquarters Supervisor and Operations Chief at the Columbine High School shootings in 1999.
Dennis Potter is currently a college professor in criminal
justice and criminology, a critical incident instructor for the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies
(CALEA), a certified incident command instructor for the National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG), an instructor for the
National Incident Management System (NIMS), and a certified critical incident instructor with the New York State Office
of Criminal Justice. He has conducted critical incident management seminars for line, staff, support staff, and chief
law enforcement executive officers in Florida, Colorado, North Carolina, Delaware, Oregon, Ohio, New York, Massachusetts,
Connecticut, New Jersey and Michigan. Dennis Potter is the author of Law Enforcement Incident Command.