Jad Lanigan

Jad Lanigan


Lieutenant, Community Resources Section

Lieutenant Jad Lanigan is currently the Commanding Officer of the Investigative Support Section (ISS), supervising the Fugitive teams, Gang Unit, Intelligence Unit and Task Force Motor Vehicle Theft Unit.

He has proudly served the Aurora Police Department since January of 1996.  In his 20 years of law enforcement experience he has served in many specialty assignments throughout the organization.  He gained broad experience working as a Patrol Officer and Field Training Officer before he was selected to serve in the Traffic Unit as a member of the Motorcycle Enforcement Team.

Jad promoted to the rank of Sergeant in January 2001 and worked in each of the three district stations as a Patrol Sergeant.  In 2002, he became the Sergeant of the Police Area Representatives in District 1; he held this position for three years.  In 2005, he was selected to develop and implement the new District 3 Direct Action Response Team.  He served as the Awards Board Chairman for over 5 years during his tenure as a Sergeant. 

In November of 2011, he was promoted to Lieutenant and was assigned as Watch Commander to oversee Patrol Operations. In February of 2013, he was selected as the District 3 Sector Commander where he oversaw the Direct Action Response Team and the Police Area Representatives. In January of 2014, he was reassigned to the busiest district in the city where he oversaw 4 specialty crime fighting units that were responsible for coordinating resources to oversee problem-solving efforts, which include crime, quality of life, and traffic related issues that negatively impact the community. In January of 2016 he was reassigned to the Community Resources Section where he now oversees the day to day operations of the School Resource Officer (SRO) Unit, Senior Resource Officer, Volunteer Coordinator and the Volunteer and Intern Programs, as well as the Citizen and Senior Citizen Police Academy Programs.

Lieutenant Lanigan holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Metro State University, Denver Colorado.  He has also attended the Public Safety Leadership Program offered through the University of Denver and has attended the IACP Leadership in Police Organizations management program.

Lieutenant Lanigan was the Commanding Officer and first responder to the Century 16 shooting incident.  He was responsible for coordinating and implementing the initial police response, entry, arrest and initial investigation as the event unfolded.  For his actions he received the Distinguished Service Cross, Life Saving Award and the Meritorious Service Ribbon.