Sergeant A.J. DeAndrea is an 18 year veteran of the Arvada, Colorado Police Department.  He is currently assigned to patrol and served as a member and Team Leader of the Jefferson County Regional SWAT Team for 15 ½ years.  Sergeant DeAndrea has received 5 Medals for Valor, 2 Medals for Distinguished Service, 2 Medals for Meritorious Service, 2 unit citations and numerous commendations.  Sergeant DeAndrea was an Entry Team Leader at Columbine High School and a Team Leader during the Bulldozer Incident in Granby, CO.  Sgt. DeAndrea helped devise and execute the tactical plan for the Hostage Rescue at Platte Canyon High School in September, 2006.  Again in 2006 he was the Team Leader during an Officer Rescue where over thirty rounds were fired.   Sergeant DeAndrea is the epitome of the law enforcement professional. 
 
His devotion to duty, his tireless support of the SWAT mission, and his unwavering commitment to the community he serves, makes him a professional to be emulated by all.  It is a privilege and honor to call him both my brother in arms and my friend.  
 
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Sergeant A.J. DeAndrea is an 18 year veteran of the Arvada, Colorado Police Department. He is currently assigned to patrol and served as a member and Team Leader of the Jefferson County Regional SWAT Team for 15 ½ years.

Sergeant DeAndrea is a certified Explosive Breacher, Master Less Lethal Instructor and a Colorado POST certified instructor for the Jefferson County Law Enforcement Training Academy and the Red Rocks Community College Law Enforcement Academy. He teaches Officer Survival, Building Searches, Rapid and Immediate Deployment (RAID), Single Officer Response to an Active Shooter, SWAT, Defensive Tactics and Firearms as well as many other disciplines. A.J. attended the University of Colorado in Boulder and has a Bachelor of Arts.

Sergeant DeAndrea has received 5 Medals for Valor, 2 Medals for Distinguished Service, 2 Medals for Meritorious Service, 2 unit citations and numerous commendations. In 2006/2007, 2007/2008, 2008/2009 and 2009/2010 A.J. was honored as the “Police Officer of the Year” through the Primo Awards. In 2007 he also received an Honorable Mention for Police Officer of the Year through the International Association of Chiefs of Police and Parade Magazine.

Sergeant DeAndrea has instructed all over the United States including the IACP Annual Conference in Denver, CO, the Rocky Mountain Tactical Team Association, the Texas Tactical Police Officer Association, and the Missouri Tactical Police Officer’s Association and the New York Tactical Police Officer’s Association. He is an instructor for the National Tactical Officer’s Association and does numerous AAR of the incidents he’s been involved in. He is a member of the National Institute of Justice’s (NIJ) SWAT tactical working group. He is a Master Less Lethal Instructor for CTS. In 2009 he provided instruction at the Police Improvement Facility in Bramshill, United Kingdom and in 2010 he was the International Key Note Speaker at the ACPO Conference in London, England.

Sergeant DeAndrea was an Entry Team Leader at Columbine High School and a Team Leader during the Bulldozer Incident in Granby, CO. Sgt. DeAndrea helped devise and execute the tactical plan for the Hostage Rescue at Platte Canyon High School in September, 2006. Again in 2006 he was the Team Leader during an Officer Rescue where over thirty rounds were fired. The officer was rescued without injury while the suspect was shot by SWAT. Most recently Sergeant DeAndrea was the Patrol Supervisor and Entry Team Leader during the Youth With a Mission (YWAM) shootings. This was an active shooting at a youth mission training center where four young adults were shot, two of which died.