David L. Kurz
Chief David L. Kurz obtained a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Southern Maine, is a graduate of the FBI National Academy 153rd Session and has served in law enforcement since 1974. Chief Kurz previously served as the Chief of the Gorham, Maine Police Department and the Deputy Director of the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency, Maine Department of Public Safety. Since 1996 Mr. Kurz has served as Chief of Police for Durham, NH, where he is responsible for the supervision of a CALEA accredited full-service police agency committed to a customer-oriented delivery of services functioning in a university community.
Chief Kurz is one of 12 chiefs appointed by the International Association of Chiefs of Police to an Advisory Group assisting IACP in the formation of training and client needs assessment that may be unique to smaller police agencies in the United States. Chief Kurz is one of 6 police managers instructing with the IACP through the Bureau of Justice Assistance “”Leading by Legacy” program that provides management and leadership skills to rural police agencies throughout the nation.
He has published seven articles for the IACP Police Chief magazine and Big Ideas for Smaller Agencies focusing upon Strategic Planning, Alcohol Enforcement, Promotional Process, Effective Performance Evaluations, Leadership and New Technology Acquisition. Deemed as a subject matter expert, Chief Kurz routinely conducts national training seminars for IACP focusing upon strategic planning and personnel management while assisting IACP with management studies of law enforcement agencies.
Chief Kurz is a Team Leader for the Commission on the Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, (CALEA) Inc and has reviewed the policies and procedures of over 50 police agencies seeking national accreditation and recognition. He was recently profiled by CALEA for his engagement and leadership in the accreditation process.
He has worked with the United States Department of Justice on several initiatives including the National Summit on Campus Public Safety and is a member of the Bureau of Justice Assistance Law Enforcement Leadership Initiative Training Steering Committee as well as assisting the US State Department develop sexual assault protocol for use by the Egyptian government. Additionally, Chief Kurz is a “peer reviewer” for the Bryne Criminal Justice Innovation Programs offering his expertise on law enforcement grant applications submitted to the Department of Justice. Most recently Chief Kurz was cited in President Obama’s 21st Century Policing Task Force Report designed to strengthen community policing within the United States.