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Each officer receives advanced trainings in order to serve the community at the highest level:
Each Police Officer and Communication Specialist has the opportunity to advance in both title and responsibility. You may see an employee with no stripes on their uniform or up to three stripes. With exception of the Patrol Lieutenant and Chief of Police, the stripes on the arm represent the level of training the employee has attained within the department 'Step Program.' It also represents the Officer’s title and status within the agency.
An employee may also display a function badge on their shirt or uniform. Normally worn above their nameplate, the function badge, unlike the shirt stripes, depicts the level of skilled training the employee has obtained. The employee must continue to show proficiency in these skills through bi-annual written proficiency tests and practical evaluation exercises.
Lieutenant Kinney serves as the supervisor of the Patrol Division and is currently assigned as Interim Chief of Police, for the Rangely Police Department.
Lieutenant Kinney was born on 23 November 1965 in Glenwood Springs, CO., and was raised in various towns and states including 5 years of his child hood spent in Rangely. In 1983 he enlisted in the Colorado Army National Guard, training as a small arms repair specialist. He also worked with the Grand Junction Police Explorer Scouts and is a 2 year attendee of the U.S. Navy’s JR ROTC program.
In 1986 he enlisted in the United States Air Force where he served until 1990. Following Basic Training he attended the U.S. Air Force Security Police Academy for Law Enforcement and was recognized as the Honor Graduate of his class. He certified and handled Patrol dogs, Narcotics Detection dogs, and Bomb Detection dogs. Lt. Kinney was stationed overseas, working 2 years in Japan and 1 year in the Azore Islands where he was certified in Base Defense, U.S. Customs Canine Inspection, and specialized team member of “Prime Beef” an Aircraft crash response team. In 1990, Lieutenant Kinney exited the Air Force with an honorable discharge. His most notable awards are the U.S. Army Achievement medal and the U.S. Airforce Meritorious service Medal.
In 1990, Lieutenant Kinney graduated the Colorado Police Officer Academy. He was immediately employed by the Rio Blanco County Sheriffs’ Office, stationed in Rangely. He spent 20 years patrolling the county, and working his assigned canine. He obtained the rank of Patrol Sergeant and later became the Sergeant of investigations. He retired in 2010, having received several awards for service, most noticeably the Medal of Valor.
Lieutenant Kinney was hired as the Lieutenant of the patrol division for the Rangely Police Department in December 2010, where he continues to serve the Rangely Community. In his spare time, he serves as a driver for the Rangely Hospital’s ambulance service and is the Senior Deputy Coroner for Rio Blanco County, serving since 1996.