dr. barry d. denton 

Dr. Barry Denton is an experienced professional in law enforcement, emergency management, terrorism, government relations, public affairs and marketing and non-profit administration. 

2019-Present        THE DENTON GROUP                                          
Vice President - Government relations director, marketing and communications coordinator, crisis communications specialist as well as public affairs agent.
2019 – Present     SPENCER COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE              
Lieutenant - Oversee policy and procedures, operations, community outreach and the reserve deputy program.
2019 – Present     UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE             
Assistant Professor - Teach courses to students (Ranging from 10 students to 65 per class) related to emergency management, homeland security, terrorism, and criminal justice.
2012 – Present     AMERICAN MILITARY UNIVERSITY             
Adjunct Professor - Teach courses online to students (Ranging from 10 students to 30 per class) related to emergency management, homeland security, terrorism, and criminal justice.
2007 – Present     INDIANA WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY                                           
Adjunct Professor - Teach courses online to students (Ranging from 10 students to 30 per class) related to emergency management, homeland security, terrorism, criminal justice, juvenile justice and police management.
2018-2019            AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION                                              
Executive Director/Vice President - Manage a multi-million dollar not-for-profit organization fundraising initiative, coordination of fundraising events, oversee community initiatives, marketing and communication, supervision of staff and volunteers.
2016-2018            MASONIC HOME OF KENTUCKY                                              
Senior Vice President of Mission Advancement - Manage a multi-million dollar not-for-profit organization fundraising initiative, coordination of fundraising events, supervision of staff and volunteers, create and maintain annual budget, coordinate alumni, employee and fraternal relations for over 50,000 people nationwide.
2013-2016             LOUISVILLE METRO POLICE FOUNDATION                          
Executive Director - Manager a million dollar not-for-profit organization which includes all fundraising, coordination of events, supervision of staff and volunteers, create and maintain annual budget, oversee all financial aspects including the annual audit, provide support and management of a 40 person board of directors and 10 person advisory board.
2008 – 2015          SOUTHERN POLICE INSTITUTE                                                
Instructor - Teach courses focused on recruitment for law enforcement officials and police recruiters as well as being a guest lecturer as needed for the Administrative Officers’ Course (AOC),
2003 – 2012          LOUISVILLE METRO POLICE DEPARTMENT                         
Sergeant/Commander/Assistant Commander – Upon merger, was promoted to the rank of Sergeant.
Adjutant to the Major of the 4th Division (West Louisville), Patrol Division, 2003-2004 – Maintained division budget (approximately $700,000 annually), ordering of equipment, monitoring of all crime statistics, attended community meetings, building and maintenance of all equipment, supervisor all civilian staff (6 people) and Division Community Relations Officers (2), District Resource Officer (1) and all housing project officers (2).
Assistant Commander of the Community Relations Unit, Chief’s Office, 2004-2005 – Supervised all officers teaching DARE (8) and all School Resource Officers (12) in the city of Louisville. Coordinated all neighborhood block watches and captains (approximately 45) and the civilian in charge of those block watches, maintained all special unit equipment including the DARE cars, LMPD Static Helicopter and LMPD Show Corvette. Supervised all Citizens Police Academy’s including the Latino Citizen’s Police Academy and the International Citizen’s Police Academy while also supervising the 574-LMPD Tip Line. During this time, I was also the backup public information officer, taking part in media relations and interviews as requested. In total, I supervised 25 police officers and 4 civilian support staff.
Commander of the Recruitment & Selection Unit, LMPD Training Academy, 2005-2009 – Supervised four police background/recruitment investigators and one civilian personnel specialist, conducted interviews, physical and written testing including psychological examinations for all applicants applying for the Louisville Metro Police Department (approximately 1500-3500 a year) as well as handled all recruiting/marketing aspects of the department, as a KLEC Police Instructor and Facilitator taught police courses to LMPD Officers and recruits, as a KLEC Firearms Instructor taught police shooting skills, tactical shotgun and AR-15 certification course.
KLEC Compliance Commander, LMPD Training Academy, 2009-2010 – Maintained all curriculum for the LMPD Training Academy, conducted compliance inspections of all certified instructors teaching for the LMPD Training Academy, created curriculum/courses and taught classes at the LMPD Training Academy as well as the DOCJT Office located at the University of Louisville Shelby Campus, supervised all civilian staff at the LMPD Training Academy (4) and took part in all KLEC meetings as the LMPD representative for those meetings.
Assistant Commander, LMPD Traffic Unit, 2010-2012 – Supervised Traffic Unit Reconstructionist (8) and civilian support staff (2) as well as all traffic guards/school crossing guards (124), maintained unit budget ($500,000), the state Highway Safety grant in the amount of $100,000, the Click-It or Ticket grant in the amount of $20,000 as well as part of the State Truck Inspector Grant in the amount of $100,000. In addition, I was tasked with tracking all fatal motor vehicle collisions in the Louisville Metro area and determine ways in which to reduce fatal traffic accidents. Part of my responsibilities included the coordination of traffic plans for all Kentucky Derby events including the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby, all events including basketball games and concerts at the KFC Yum! Center and all University of Louisville football games at Papa John’s Stadium.
Commander, LMPD Bomb Squad, 2003-2012 – Commanded all departmental FBI certified Bomb Technicians (11), Bomb Training Technicians (2) and Bomb Medics (2), supervised the maintenance of over two million dollars in equipment, responded to all calls for assistance related to bombs, potential explosives (approximately 80 a year) as well as all SWAT Team (Special Weapons and Tactics Team) call-outs. Trained as a Bomb Technician, Tactical Explosives Breacher, SWAT Operator, Confined Space Specialist, Haz-Mat Technician and Haz-Mat Specialist. Top secret FBI clearance, FBI certified instructor and facilitator.
Team Leader, Joint Emergency Services Unit, 2004-2008 – Commanded the #2 entry team, supervised officers (4), communication specialist (1) and meters/monitor specialist (1).
Assistant Commander, LMPD Peer Support Team, 2003-2004 – Supervised officers and support staff (10) during critical incidents involving members of the department, conducted debriefings for officers, supported officers families and coworkers after critical incidents, coordinated/developed relationships between departmental therapist, Employee Assistance Program Supervisor, LMPD Internal Affairs and the LMPD Public Integrity Unit.
1989 – 2003          JEFFERSON COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT                      Y
Detective/Officer/Police Cadet – Started career as a police cadet, was a patrol officer and detective.
Police Cadet, Patrol Division/Chief’s Office/Property Room, 1989-1991 – Maintained reports and took reports as a station clerk at Baker District (7201 Outer Loop, Louisville, KY), took part in ride-alongs with officers/command staff. While assigned to Chief’s Office/Property Room, inventoried evidence and property, supported Chief of Police and top command staff as an adjutant.
Patrol Officer, Adam District/David District/Charlie District, Patrol Division, 1991-1997 / 2000-2003 – Patrol and monitor criminal activity, take part in community patrols, respond to emergency calls for service, make arrests, issue citations, take both investigative and collision reports, investigate crimes and testify in court. Was a bike officer, member of the Honor Guard, District Resource Officer, Field Training Officer, KLEC Certified Police Instructor, KLEC Certified Police Facilitator and KLEC Certified Police Firearms Instructor and member of the Peer Support Team.
Detective, Domestic Violence Unit, Criminal Investigation Section, 1997-2000 –Investigate acts of domestic violence from minor misdemeanor assault to felony assault/murder, testify in District Court, Circuit Court, in the Grand Jury and Federal Court.

2017       Spalding University                           Ed.D  - Organizational & Educational Leadership


2017       University of Louisville                      Masters Degree – Justice Administration


2008       American Military University            Masters Degree – Homeland Security/Emergency Management


2007       Southern Police Institute                  Graduate – Administrative Officers Course Class #117


2007       Eastern Kentucky University             Graduate – School of Strategic Leadership Class #3


2004       University of Louisville                      Bachelors of Science – Justice Administration


1992       Eastern Kentucky University             Certificate – Basic Police Science – Certification #6249


KY Domestic Violence, Sexual & Child Assault Task Force               Board Member                        2000 to 2002

Boy Scouts of America – Learning For Life Mock Disaster               Event Chairman                       2002 to 2003

Lake Forest Community Association                                                  Treasurer/Vice President         2006 to 2014

KY Workforce Investment Board (KWIB)                                            Board Member                        2007 to 2008

Ignite Louisville                                                                                    Class Member                          2008 to 2009

Dreams with Wings                                                                              Board Chairman                      2009 to 2011

Focus Louisville                                                                                    Class Member                          2009

Louisville Science Center – Science with Twist Fundraiser               Event Chairman                       2009

Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana – Investing in Futures                             Event Chairman                       2009

Leadership Louisville Alumni Association                                          Member                                   2008 to present

Friends of the Louisville Zoo Board                                                    Member                                   2008 to 2010

Young Professionals Association of Louisville                                    Vice President                         2009 to 2011

Downtown Rotary of Louisville                                                            Member/Vice Chair                2013 to present

FaceIT Campaign to End Child Abuse                                               Board Member                        2013 to 2016

Leadership Louisville                                                                            Class Member                         2013 to 2014

Kentucky Medical Society “Wear the White Coat” Program           Class Member                         2014

Executives Club of Louisville                                                               Vice President                         2014 to 2015

Governor Bevin Transition Team (Public Protection Cabinet)          Adviser                                     2015-2016

Ronald McDonald House of Kentuckiana                                          Board Member                        2017 to 2018

Kentucky Derby Festival Board of Directors                                      Director                                    2014 to present

St. Matthews Chamber                                                                        Vice President                          2016 to 2020

Greater Louisville Inc. Health Issues Committee                              Board Member                         2018 to 2020

Kentucky Chamber Health and Wellness Council                            Board Member                         2018 to 2020



Meritorious Unit Citation

presented by the Louisville Metro Police Department, Training Academy– 2006


Meritorious Unit Citation

presented by the Louisville Metro Police Department, Bomb Squad– 2007


Exceptional Merit

presented by the Louisville Metro Police Department– 2010


Exceptional Merit 

presented by the Louisville Metro Police Department– 2012


Medal of Valor

presented by Jefferson County Police Department – 1995


Medal of Valor

presented by the Jefferson County Police Department – 1999


Medal of Valor

presented by the Louisville Metro Police Department– 2003


2000 Millennium Maker Award

presented by Jefferson County Judge Executive– 2000


VFW Appreciation Award

presented by Veteran’s of Foreign Wars – January 2002


2007 Campbell Award

presented by Southern Police Institute Administrative Officers Class #117 – 2007


Make Your Mark Challenge Recipient

presented by Ignite Louisville/Leadership Louisville & Maker’s Mark – 2009.


County Judge Executives “Best of the best” Teamwork Award- Neighborhood Narcotics Team

presented by Jefferson County Judge Executive – 1995


Neighborhood Appreciation Award / Riverside Gardens

presented by the Riverside Gardens Neighborhood Association – 1996


JOINT TERRORISM TASK FORCE (JTTF) – Federal Bureau of Investigation

JOINT EMERGENCY SERVICES UNIT – Entry Team Leader / Bomb Specialist

 LMPD – Bomb Squad Commander

LMPD – District Resource Officer / Crime Prevention Officer

LMPD – Peer Support Team Assistant Commander

LMPD – TASER Instructor

LMPD – Community Relations Assistant Commander            

LMPD – Recruitment and Selection Unit Commander

JCPD – Honor Guard

JCPD – Bike Officer

JCPD – Field Training Officer

JCPD – Domestic Violence Detective


“Practical Recruitment for Law Enforcement” book, published January 2009

“The Geocaching Game” article, The Detonator Magazine, January 2011

“Running in a Bomb Suit” article, The Detonator Magazine, June 2011

“Freemasonry and the Generational Gap”, The Masonic Society, December 2016

“A Lesson from Constantine” article, Knights Templar Magazine, August 2016

“The Issue of Burnout Among Police Officers: The Influence of Job Satisfaction, Education and Advancement” dissertation, published December 2016

"Crime and Justice; Past and Present" book, June 2020

"Case Studies in Terrorism" book, August 2020

Denton, B., Luongo, K., Lim, N.K., Keepers, B., & Kolb, C. (2019, August). Issues of Burnout and Stress Among Police Officers. Poster session to be presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association Conference in Chicago, IL.


Hazmat Specialist – Jefferson County EMS

FBI Certified Instructor – Federal Bureau of Investigation

Top Secret Clearance – Federal Bureau of Investigation

Bomb Technician – Federal Bureau of Investigation

KLEC Certified Firearms Instructor – Department of Criminal Justice Training

KLEC Certified Facilitator – Department of Criminal Justice Training

KLEC Certified Instructor – Department of Criminal Justice Training

KLEC Certified Problem-Based Instructor – Department of Criminal Justice Training


National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA)                                        

Memberships National Law Enforcement Recruiters Association                                 

International Association of Bomb Tech. & Investigators                      

Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences                                                    

Kentucky Association of Chief’s of Police                                               

Kentucky Peace Officers Association                                                     

American Board for Certification in Homeland Security                       

Southern Police Institute Alumni Association                                    

Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge #614                                                       

Louisville Metro Police Commanding Officer’s Club               

Association of Fundraising Professionals                                                


Leadership Positions Held;

                   Flotilla Commander

                   National Branch Chief - Program Marketing

                   District Commodore Aide

                   Division Public Affairs Officer

                   Flotilla Public Affairs Officer

                   Flotilla Publications Officer

                   Flotilla Communications Services Officer


                 Public Affairs Level 3



                   Aviation Part A & B

                   Introduction to Public Affairs

                   Auxiliary Public Affairs

                   Public Affairs 2nd Class

                   Journalism for Coast Guard Public Affairs

                   Introduction to Digital Photography

                   Auxiliary Sanitation 

                   Basic Qualification Course 1-7

                   Flotilla Leadership Course



                   Instructor Development Course

                   Leadership Competencies Course 1-5

                   Recreational Boating Safety Program 

                   Introduction to Marine Safety and Environmental Protection


film and television 

Louisville Metro Police Department - Brochure - 2007

Horiba Forensics Ultraviolet Light Commercial - 2007

Louisville Metro Police Department - Ram's Stadium Poster - 2007

Louisville Metro Police Department "Neighborhood Hero" Billboard - 2008

Louisville Metro Police Department "Neighborhood Hero" Commercial - 2008

Louisville Metro Police Department "Accept the Challenge" Commercial - 2009

Louisville Metro Police Department "The Bomb Squad" - WLKY News

Louisville Metro Police Foundation "Metro Police ROCKS!" Billboard - 2013

Fox and Friends Contributor - 2016 to 2018

Korrect Optical Social Media Commercial - 2019