Deputy Chief A.J. DeAndrea has been with the Arvada, Colorado Police Department since 1993 and is currently assigned to the Community Response Impact Team. He served as a member of the Jefferson County Regional SWAT Team from 1996 to 2012, which was a collateral duty team and he was a Team Leader. The majority of his career was spent on patrol but he also spent 2 years as the Sergeant of the Internal Affairs Unit and 4 years as the sergeant in the Community Response Impact Team (CRIT).
Deputy Chief DeAndrea is a lead instructor for the NTOA’s Team Leader Development Course, a Master Less Lethal Instructor, a Colorado POST and Alaskan POST certified instructor. He teaches Officer Survival, Building Searches, Rapid and Immediate Deployment (RAID), Enhanced Active Shooter Strategies, Single Officer Response to an Active Shooter, SWAT, SWAT Team Leader Development, Defensive Tactics and Firearms as well as many other disciplines. He was formally certified in Explosive Breaching.
A.J. graduated from the University of Colorado in Boulder in 1990 and has a Bachelor of Arts degree.
Deputy Chief DeAndrea has received 6 Medals for Valor, 3 Medals for Distinguished Service, 2 Medals for Meritorious Service, 2 unit citations and numerous commendations. From 2006 to 2010 A.J. was honored as the “Police Officer of the Year” through the Primo Awards. In 2007 he also received an Honorable Mention for Police Officer of the Year through the International Association of Chiefs of Police and Parade Magazine. In 2014 A.J. received the John Kolman Award of Excellence from the National Tactical Officers Association. Also in 2014 A.J. received the Colorado Attorney General’s Excellence in Law Enforcement Award. This award is given to only one Law Enforcement Officer a year by the Colorado Attorney General. In 2015 A.J.was inducted into the Colorado’s Italian American Hall of Fame. In 2017 he was recognized as the City of Arvada Employee of the Year for Service to the Community.
Deputy Chief DeAndrea has instructed all over the United States, United Kingdom and Canada. Some of those venues have been the IACP Annual Conference in Denver, CO, the Rocky Mountain Tactical Team Association, the Texas Tactical Police Officer Association, the Missouri Tactical Police Officer’s Association and the New York Tactical Police Officer’s Association. He is an instructor for the National Tactical Officer’s Association and does numerous AAR of the incidents he’s been involved in. He is a member of the advisory board for the I Love You Guys Foundation and a member of the NTOA Wellness Committee. He is a Master Less Lethal Instructor for CTS. In 2009 he provided instruction at the Police Improvement Facility in Bramshill, United Kingdom and in 2010 he was the International Key Note Speaker at the ACPO Conference in London, England. In 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2017 he instructed in Vancouver British Columbia and in 2015, 2016 and 2017 he instructed in Ontario Canada. He was recently recognized as a Subject Matter Expert on Active Shooters by the US Department of Education. In 2013 he spoke in the Kennedy Caucus Hearing room in Washington DC and participated in a conference call with Vice President of the United States Joe Biden. He is the owner and CEO of Centurio Training and Consulting LLC.
Deputy Chief DeAndrea was an Entry Team Leader at Columbine High School on the first sweep of the building and a Team Leader during the Bulldozer Incident in Granby, CO. Deputy Chief DeAndrea helped devise and execute the tactical plan for the Hostage Rescue at Platte Canyon High School in September, 2006. Again in 2006 he was the Team Leader during an Officer Rescue where a deputy was pinned down by gunfire. The officer was rescued without injury. In 2007 Deputy Chief DeAndrea was the Patrol Supervisor and Patrol Entry Team Leader during the Youth With a Mission (YWAM) active shooting. Most recently while working with the CRIT unit, Deputy Chief DeAndrea executed an arrest of a prolific armed robber who was in the process of conducting his 13th armed robbery.