Rangely Police Force
- Chief of Police Ti Hamblin
Chief TiRynn Hamblin began his career in Law Enforcement in 2005, working for the Rifle Police Department and the Rio Blanco County Sheriff’s Office prior to his employment with the Rangely Police Department. He joined the Rangely Police Department in 2011.
Chief Hamblin is a Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) through the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and a Nationally Registered Emergency Medical Technician (NREMT-B) than 5 years. Hamblin’s area of expertise throughout his career has been DUI enforcement and criminal/drug interdiction.
Chief Hamblin is an instructor in Standardized Field Sobriety Tests, Taser, Intoxilyzer 9000 and Below 100. He has taught each of these subjects and many more at the Colorado Northwestern Community College (CNCC) Ranger Academy. He has worked as an adjunct instructor for the CNCC Rangely Academy since 2015.
Chief Hamblin is a graduate of the University of Denver’s Public Safety Leadership Development Program and the recipient of the FBI LEEDA Trilogy award in leadership. He is currently enrolled at Arizona State where he is working on a Bachelor of Science in Public Service & Public Policy (Emergency Management & Homeland Security).
- Lieutenant Rich Garner
Lieutenant Rich Garner brings a vast amount of personal and professional experience to the Rangely Police Department and the citizens of Rangely. 40 years of public service and community involvement has shaped his personal as well as his professional life.
Lt. Garner was raised in the Roaring Fork Valley of Western Colorado and after High School spent the next seven years in the United States Army. He was assigned to the Signal Corps and served in Europe, Korea, and stateside postings. During his last two years in the Army he served as a reserve Police Officer for the small town of Chapman, Kansas.
In 1989 Lt. Garner concluded his military service and came home to realize his childhood dream of becoming a law enforcement officer. He attended the Colorado Peace Officers Standards and Training Law Enforcement Academy in the spring of 1990, at the Colorado Mountain Collage in Glenwood Springs while serving as a Reserve Deputy for the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office. After graduation Lt. Garner started his full-time law enforcement career in the small town of Del Norte, Colorado, in the San Luis Valley. From there he went on to work for the Rio Grande Sheriff’s Department and then on to the Grand County Sheriff’s Department in Hot Sulphur Springs, Colorado.
Lt. Garner spent 10 years (1994-2004) at the Grand County Sheriff’s Department, working his way through the ranks to become the Senior Patrol Sergeant. During his time at Grand County Sheriff’s Department, he held numerous assignments to include Field Training Officer, Handgun Instructor, Shotgun Instructor, the agency’s first Patrol Rifle Instructor, SWAT Sniper, SWAT Assistant Team Leader, and Snowmobile and Boat Patrol officer. He was one of the founding members of the Grand County Special Response Team. He held the ranks of deputy, corporal, and sergeant.
Lt. Garner left Grand County Sheriff’s Office to answer his country’s call for service in the middle east during the War on Terror. He was recruited by the United States Department of State to assist in the war effort as part of a 500-person team, chosen from thousands of law enforcement officers across the country. After a month of testing and advanced training, he was sent to Iraq and served as a Subject Matter Expert in law enforcement operations as an International Police Advisor.
Lt. Garner spent the first 8 months in Iraq imbedded with the 1st Infantry Division, and then the 42nd Infantry Division, in the City of Samarra Iraq. Lt. Garner was part of a four-man team that was tasked with recruiting, training, mentoring, and over-seeing the 600-man Samarra Police Department. During the last 5 months in Iraq Lt. Garner served on the Mobil Training Team in Baghdad and the surrounding areas. The team consisted of ten people with backgrounds that specialized in advanced police training disciplines including firearms, defensive tactics, SWAT operations, and vehicle operations. The team would travel to remote police stations and conduct training, mentoring, and assist with tactical and investigative operations. The Mobil Training Team also served as an additional Dignitary Protection Team in the Baghdad operations area.
Lt. Garner returned to Granby Colorado and assisted the town of Granby with starting a police department. He assisted with setting up the fledgling department and served as its first Field Training Officer and Department Rangemaster. Lt. Garner served as a senior member of the Granby Police Department until his return to the middle east, this time serving in Afghanistan.
Lt. Garner was reactivated by the U.S. State Department and assigned once again as an International Police Advisor, this time in the remote southern province of Zabul in the country of Afghanistan. The province covers approx. 6700 square miles with the capital city being Qulat. Lt. Garner oversaw, and was the lead instructor for, a small two-week in-service academy in Qulat. He taught a wide variety of subject including human rights, basic investigations, patrol operations and basic firearms instruction. With a crippling shortage of instructors Garner recruited and trained five members of the Afghan National Police to serve as assistant instructors. He also assisted with training new officer at the regional training center in Kandahar. When not running the academy Lt. Garner would visit remote police stations, usually only accessed by convoy or by helicopter, to assist those departments with internal affairs investigations, training, or deployment of resources.
Upon returning home, Lt. Garner and his family decided to relocate to Rangely. He started working for Sheriff Si Woodruff and the Rio Blanco County Sheriff’s Office and finally felt like he was right where he always wanted to be, home. Lt. Garner worked for the Rio Blanco County Sheriff’s Office from 2009 till 2014 when he made the difficult decision to retire from Law Enforcement. During his time at Rio Blanco Sheriff’s Office, he served as a Patrol Sergeant in Rangely and the departments Rangemaster. He was a Field Training Officer, Level 1 DOT inspector, Handgun Instructor, Shotgun Instructor, Rifle Instructor and Select Fire Instructor.
Although retired, Lt. Garner’s public service did not end. He went back into Law Enforcement with the Rangely Police Department from 2016 to 2017. He then served two separate times on the Rangely Town Council and was a 4-H shooting sports leader in both Small-Bore Rifle and Shotgun and a leader in Western Heritage for eight years. Teaching children how to shoot, safely and competently, was one of the most rewarding experiences ever. During this period, he worked in the Oil & Gas industry as a Training and Safety Coordinator, a Corporate Safety Manager, and a Construction Safety Consultant.
In 2020 Lt. Garner decided to give up his council seat and return to law enforcement by joining the Rangely Police Department as a Patrol Sergeant. Since then, he has been promoted to Patrol Lieutenant, the second in command of the department, and oversees the Field Training Program, the armory, and is the department rangemaster, overseeing all firearms training and qualifications, and in-service training.
- Police Officer Keller Hilton
Officer Keller Hilton began his career in Law Enforcement in 2013 with the United States Navy where he served abroad and stateside as a Military Police Officer. Officer Hilton exited military service and graduated from Colorado Northwestern Community College (CNCC) Park Ranger Law Enforcement Academy in 2019.
His career with the Rangely Police Department began in 2021 after choosing to exit Federal Law Enforcement and has since been assigned as the Department’s K9 Handler. Officer Hilton is paired with K9 Nico who is a dual-purpose patrol and narcotics detection canine. K9 Nico and Officer Hilton were certified as a team in 2021 and currently serve the Town of Rangely in this capacity.
In addition, Officer Hilton is a firearms instructor and serves as an adjunct instructor at CNCC in the Park Ranger Law Enforcement Academy. He has served as an instructor since 2020.
- K-9 Nico
K9 Nico is paired with Officer Keller Hilton. He is a dual-purpose patrol and narcotics detection canine. Officer Hilton and K9 Nico were certified as a team in 2021 and they currently serve the Town of Rangely in this capacity.
Nico is a three-year-old Belgian Malinois. He was trained by Courtland Folks at Three Dog Kennel in Craig, Colorado.
When not working his favorite things to do are play fetch and give hugs.
- Police Officer Brad Burr
Officer Bradley Burr has more than 27 years of experience in law enforcement. In 1987 he joined the Provo City Police Department in Provo, Utah. From that time until 2014 he worked for Provo City Police and at times Brigham Young University Police.
During his law enforcement career, he spent 11 years as a School Resource Officer and seven years as a supervisor. He also supervised the police bike team at Brigham Young University Police and worked as a field training officer. During his time with the Provo Police Department, he became an Emergency Vehicle Operations instructor wherein he trained officers all over the state along with the agencies he worked for. He served in this capacity for approximately 18 years.
Officer Burr has a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Weber State University and a master’s degree in Public Administration from Brigham Young University.
He and his wife Cynthia have seven children. Their youngest is a senior at Rangely High School.
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