Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office appoints first female Bureau Chief

ACSO Captain Laurie Halaba’s family attended her swearing-in at Bureau Chief on January 24. From left to right, daughter ACSO Deputy Elizabeth Pevler, son Tyler Riedmuller, husband Denver Sheriff’s Deputy Robert Losciale, and Bureau Chief Laurie Halaba. Photo courtesy of Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office

BY FREDA MIKLIN
GOVERNMENTAL REPORTER

On January 24, 2023, Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office (ASCO) Patrol Operations Captain Laurie Halaba was sworn in as the department’s Bureau Chief of Public Safety. Captain Halaba is the first female to be named a Bureau Chief in the history of ACSO. 

ACSO Sheriff Tyler Brown said in a press release, “Captain Halaba started with the Sheriff’s Office in 1999 as a Deputy Sheriff working in the Arapahoe County Jail. She has worked as a detention deputy, patrol deputy, and school resource officer. In 2002 Captain Halaba was promoted to sergeant, where she worked in the detention bureau, patrol division, and the office of professional standards. In 2007 she was promoted to lieutenant, working in the patrol division. In 2014 she was the first female promoted to captain in ACSO, where she was one of two captains in the detention facility, then in 2020, the captain of Patrol Operations. As the new Bureau Chief, Laurie will command the Public Safety Bureau, which encompasses patrol operations and investigation services. She will also oversee the law enforcement contract for the City of Centennial.”

Law enforcement is a family business for Captain Halaba. Her husband Robert Losciale is a Denver Sheriff’s Deputy. Her daughter Elizabeth Pevler is a ACSO Deputy and her son Tyler Riedmuller is a member of the Arapahoe County Explorers program.

After assuming her new role, Captain Halaba was quoted as saying, “Hopefully, I can give some inspiration to other females in this line of work. It’s not easy being in the law enforcement field just because it’s such a male-dominated field.” 

ACSO Sheriff Brown agreed, telling a reporter, “She’s not only an inspiration for women in our agency. She’s an inspiration for generations to come of young women who want to get into the law enforcement profession. Being the dad of two little girls, I think this provides a viewpoint of law enforcement that you can reach the top echelons of this profession.”

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