I see signs of excellence in communities; you have the best football teams, consistently score higher on state testing, so why aren’t you do doing everything you can do to be the best at school safety?
– Ken Hilte
Ken Hilte is a law enforcement professional with over 30 years of police experience in both traditional and campus policing.
Ken is a retired campus police chief from Pikes Peak Community College (PPCC), where he served a four campus college with over 20,000 students. In addition to his law enforcement role, he was involved in behavioral intervention and provided public education in the area of safety through timely warnings, newsletters, and presentations.
He served as an adjunct professor in the criminal justice program as well. He was instrumental in winning a US Department of Education grant $600,000 for the college which was used to make improvements in the area of emergency management. It was the first such grant ever won in Colorado.
He is a past member of the Colorado Police Officers Standardized Training (POST) Curriculum Committee where he served as a subject matter expert (SME).
Prior to being appointed campus chief, Ken was a member of the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office in Colorado Springs, CO, for 25 years before retiring as a Commander. While there, he served in multiple roles, to include patrol, detentions, public information, accreditation, and investigations. Ken considers the arrest and conviction of a cold case, serial killer, who claimed 48 victims, the highlight of his law enforcement career.
He was recently invited back to the sheriff’s office to serve in a part time role as an Inspector in the Professional Standards Unit where he ensures the agency is meeting both community expectations and industry standards by conducting inspections and investigating allegations of wrongdoing and substandard performance.
Ken is also an FBI Leadership Fellow. In that role, he joined the FBI’s Leadership Development Institute (LDI) at the FBI Academy in Quantico, VA, and taught leadership and management to senior law enforcement officials throughout the country and world.
Ken has been published in the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) “Police Chief,” the National Sheriff’s Association (NSA) “Sheriff,” the American Correctional Association (ACA) “Corrections Today,” and other periodicals and textbooks.
He is a veteran of the US Air Force and has a Masters degree in Management from Troy University and a Bachelors degree from Colorado State University – Pueblo.