Officer Jim Becker joined the Arvada Police Department in 1983. His assignments included Patrol, DUI enforcement, and instructor for alcohol testing procedures. In 1991, he was assigned to the DARE program. He taught for thirteen years in nine Arvada elementary schools. Officer Becker was also selected as a trainer for State of Colorado DARE Training Center in 1993. He served in that capacity for eight years as a mentor, seminar administrative officer and seminar supervisor.
In 2005, Officer Becker was assigned to the Criminal Investigations Unit in the position of Senior Liaison Officer assisting the senior citizen population with criminal investigations, resources, and education connected to frauds and senior safety. He was instrumental in bringing the Colorado Life Trak program to Arvada. By use of wearable technology, this program helps to safely return home seniors and children with cognitive disabilities who may wander.
Officer Becker returned to the schools in 2009 as Arvada’s first elementary school SRO. He is assigned to three elementary schools serving as a resource to staff, students, and families all of whom face increased issues involving personal safety, interpersonal relationships, bullying, and appropriate internet usage. He developed a presentation for fifth and sixth grades addressing internet safety, social networking, cyberbullying, sexting, and online predators. This presentation has been given in many of the Arvada elementary schools and has received rave reviews. He also has an adult class for parents that covers these same topics
“Kids today face media and technology advances that we as adults never even dreamed would be possible. Through technology they have in their hands great power … power to access all kinds of information, some good and some bad. More than ever we as adults have to be involved with our kids for their safety and teach them that with great power comes great responsibility!”