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Daniel J. Oates, M.A., J.D.

In 2005, Daniel Oates became the tenth chief of police for the City of Aurora, Colorado. The Aurora Police Department, comprised of 642 sworn officers and 778 total employees, provides comprehensive police services to a diverse city of 320,000 residents encompassing 160 square miles. In his first four years in office, Chief Oates has overseen a 30-percent reduction in major index crime in Aurora and introduced new initiatives to apprehend dangerous fugitives and increase investigative support for victims of sexual assault and gun violence.

Prior to his appointment in Aurora, Chief Oates served for four years as chief of police and safety services administrator for the City of Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he oversaw police, fire, emergency management, and code enforcement operations. During his tenure, Chief Oates oversaw a 24-percent reduction in violent crime in Ann Arbor. In the face of significant budget pressures, he also reduced the size of the police and fire departments by 20 percent over four years without diminishing services.

Chief Oates served 21 years in the New York Police Department prior to moving to Ann Arbor. He finished his NYPD career as a deputy chief and the executive officer of Patrol Borough Brooklyn South. He previously served as the commanding officer of the Intelligence Division, in which capacity he was a member of the Police Commissioner’s Executive Staff and principal advisor on citywide security and intelligence matters. Chief Oates’ prior NYPD assignments included chief counsel and commanding officer of the Legal Bureau, and commanding officer of the Police Cadet Corps.

Chief Oates earned a Juris Doctor degree from the New York Law School, as well as an M.S. in management from New York University and a B.A. in English from Bucknell University, and is admitted to practice law in Colorado, New York and New Jersey. He is the immediate past president of the Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police, as well as chairperson of the Colorado Information Sharing Consortium (CISC), a collaboration of chiefs and sheriffs that built a state-of-the-art network for sharing and analyzing law enforcement data to fight crime across Colorado. He is a member of numerous professional associations, including the Police Executive Research Forum and the International Association of Chiefs of Police. Chief Oates also serves on the Criminal Intelligence Coordinating Council, the national advisory council of police chiefs that advise the US Attorney General and Secretary of Homeland Security on intelligence and security strategies in a post-9/11 world. In 2008, he was the recipient of the Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police Ralph Smith Innovation Award, a coveted peer honor for statewide leadership efforts on behalf of the profession.