David L. Kurz
Chief David L. Kurz obtained a bachelor’s 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. From 1996 to August of 2020, Mr. Kurz served as Chief of Police for Durham, NH, where he was 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 4 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 fourteen 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 (SME), Chief Kurz routinely conducts national training seminars for IACP focusing upon strategic planning, SWOT exercises, Leadership and personnel management while assisting IACP with management studies of law enforcement agencies. He is currently working with the CRI-TAC program as an SME providing advice and guidance to law enforcement agencies.
Chief Kurz was a Team Leader for the Commission on the Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, (CALEA) Inc and has reviewed the policies and procedures of over 56 police agencies seeking national accreditation and recognition. He was recently profiled by CALEA for his engagement and leadership in the accreditation process.
Dave is a senior consultant for Municipal Resources Incorporated (MRI) of Meredith, NH which provides comprehensive technical and management support services to municipalities, states and campus public safety entities including organizational studies, accreditation services and executive recruitment and selection assistance. Chief Kurz is currently working as a sub-contractor for the firm of BerryDunn conducting police management studies. Additionally, Chief Kurz has provided SME services for the consulting firm of Hillard Heintze of Chicago and has worked on U. S. Department of Justice (DOJ) contracts regarding enhancing, developing, implementing and sustaining community engagement practices in the aftermath of police shootings.
He has worked with the United States Department of Justice on several initiatives including the National Summit on Campus Public Safety and the Bureau of Justice Assistance Law Enforcement Leadership Initiative Training Steering Committee. Chief Kurz has been cited in President Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing Report for his work associated with community engagement. Most recently, his agency was recognized as a finalist in the Cisco/IACP Community Policing Award for their innovative “Good Neighbor Program. Additionally, Chief Kurz is a “peer reviewer” for the Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Programs offering his expertise on law enforcement grant applications submitted to the Department of Justice.