At the April 12 meeting, City Council recognized former Loveland Police Chief Dennis Sean Rahe. Rahe retired on April 1, 2022.
Sean started as a police officer in Loveland in 1998. He was active on the bike patrol team and as a field training officer. He was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 2007, Assistant Chief in 2010, and Chief of Police in 2016.
“On behalf of Council, thank you for all your years of service. We appreciate you, especially your commitment of 24 years,” said Mayor Kathy Bailey.
Several of Rahe’s former officers were in attendance, and the Loveland Police Department gifted him with a certificate, a forthcoming shadowbox of police memorabilia, and a piece of artwork signed by all members of the department. The artwork depicts a quote about family to represent the culture Rahe helped to build at LPD. “I tried to do the best I could every day. I tried to be the officer I wanted my family to interact with on a daily basis, and I tried to pass that mindset along to the officers as well. What type of officer would you want your family or spouse to work with if they were in an accident?” remarked Rahe.
Elaborating on his years of service to the community: “I got to work with many great people on many great projects. I really appreciate everything I got to do and everyone I got to meet.”
City Manager David Kennedy also shared memories of Rahe, commending his use of customer service and technology to enhance policing. For instance, during his time as chief, he developed the School Resource Officer (SRO) program, increased officer staffing, upgraded outdated policies and, most recently, secured grant funding for the city's first use of body cameras.
“The days of someone dedicating an entire career to one community are becoming very rare, but that is exactly what Sean did for the citizens of Loveland. Sean was always the consummate professional. One of the things that I appreciated with Sean was that no job was too small, and he always volunteered to take on any project,” said Kennedy.
“It has been an honor to serve alongside of Sean, and I know he is excited for the next chapter of his life and getting to spend more time with his family. It is well-earned. I know I speak for the entire community when I say thank you very much for your service.”