As Deputy Director for the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) I am responsible for the overall administration of the agency and all criminal justice information services, maintained in the Support Services Division.
Having worked in law enforcement for over 30 years, in 1979, I joined the Thornton, Colorado Police Department retiring as a police commander in 1999. I served the agency in many capacities working my way through the ranks. In July of 1999, I was appointed as Chief of Police for the Edgewater, Colorado Police Department. In February 2004, I was appointed as the first Director of the Colorado Office of Preparedness, Security, and Fire Safety. In this capacity, myself and my staff were responsible for homeland security for the State of Colorado. In April 2005, I moved to the CBI into my current capacity. Organizations and committees I have been elected to serve on include; President of the Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police June of 2003, remaining active in the organization today. Currently, I serve as an executive board member for SEARCH, the National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics, as well as the state representative for the National Crime Prevention and Privacy Compact Council and Standards committee.
My educational background includes; a Master’s Degree in Organizational Management and a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, and a graduate of Northwestern University’s Center for Public Safety, School of Police Staff and Command and the 187th Session of the F.B.I. National Academy.
I am honored and privileged to serve the state as the Assistant Director of Forensic Services. In that capacity, I am accountable for all work performed and the staff members for all of our regional and satellite laboratories. Our regional full service laboratories are located in Denver, Grand Junction, and Pueblo, with satellite locations in Boulder, Durango, Greeley, and Montrose. Those facilities are responsible for collection and preservation of evidence at the crime scene and the subsequent analysis of that evidence.
I was born and raised in the Windy City—Chicago—and spent 22 ½ years with the Illinois State Police in a variety of positions, from Group Supervisor of the Latent Print section to the Deputy Laboratory Director of the Forensic Science Center at Chicago. Over the 6 ½ years as a Deputy Laboratory Director, I was responsible for Criminalistics (Latent Finger Prints, Firearms, Toolmarks, Footwear), Forensic Biology/DNA (collection and analysis of body fluids for the presence of genetic material used for identification purposes), Microscopy (the examination of hairs, fibers and miscellaneous debris), Trace Chemistry (including paint analysis, arson/fire debris, glass analysis, gun shot residue), and Drug Chemistry (analysis of cannabis and all controlled substances). I hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from St. Francis University in Joliet, Illinois and will complete my Masters of Science degree in Forensics from the University of Illinois in the spring of 2012.
In addition to my work experience and formal education, I have spent the last 13 years as a trained inspector for both the ASCLD/LAB Legacy and ASCLD/LAB International Programs. ASCLD/LAB is the laboratory accreditation board for the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors and is solely responsible for overseeing the voluntary accreditation process for crime laboratories.
Investigations Deputy Director, Steve Johnson
It is my honor to serve as a Deputy Director for the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) where I am responsible for the overall administration of the Investigative Division. This includes the agents-in-charge, intelligence analysts and support staff for all of CBI.
I have served in law enforcement since 1980 when I began my career with the Littleton Police Department as a police dispatcher. In 1984, I was hired as police officer and worked assignments in, patrol, as a narcotics officer, detective and corporal. I retired from the Littleton Police Department in 2001 and joined the Colorado Bureau of Investigation as a Field Agent assigned to the Denver Major Crimes Unit. I have also served as the Agent-in-Charge of that unit and as a Division and Assistant Director before becoming the Deputy Director for the Denver, Pueblo, Grand Junction investigative units.
I have a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration. I am also a graduate for the FBI’s National Academy and the Police Executive Research Forum’s Senior Management Institute for Police. I have been awarded the Police Officer of the Year for my leadership in (with) the 18th Judicial District’s Critical Incident Team. I also am the recipient of CBI’s Award of Excellence for the 2006 Platte Canyon High School tragedy.