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About the Division of Criminal Justice

Who We Are

DCJ provides assistance to state and local agencies in the criminal justice system by analyzing policy, conducting criminal justice research, managing programs, and administering grants. 

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Enabling Legislation

The Colorado legislature created the Division of Criminal Justice (DCJ) to "...improve all areas of the administration of criminal justice in Colorado, both immediately and in the long term, regardless of whether the direct responsibility for action lies at the state level or with the many units of local government" (24-33.5-501 C.R.S. 1973 as amended).

Mission

Our mission is to improve the safety of the community, the quality of services to crime victims, and the effectiveness of services to offenders.  We accomplish this by analyzing policy, conducting criminal justice research, managing programs, and administering grants.

Values

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    Open Communication
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    Community Focus
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    Respect
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    Transparency
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    Integrity
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    Innovation

Offices Include:

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Leadership

Director Matt Lunn, PhD

Matt Lunn

DIRECTOR

matthew.lunn@state.co.us

Dr. Matthew M. Lunn was appointed as the director of the Division of Criminal Justice in September 2023. Prior to his appointment, Dr. Lunn was the Director of Strategic Initiatives at the Denver Police Department where hfocused on public policy, developed short- and long-term strategic goals, drove innovation and evaluation efforts, and maximized organizational efficiency and effectiveness. Prior to his tenure with the Denver Police Department, he worked for the Arapahoe County Coroner's Office and for the Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner.

 

Dr. Lunn earned his Ph.D. from the University of Colorado Colorado Springs, a Master of Science from Regis University, and a Bachelor of Science from Iowa State University. Lunn is a graduate of the Senior Executives in State and Local Government program from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and the Police Executive Research Forum's Senior Management Institute for Police. Dr. Lunn held leadership roles on local, state, and federal boards and commissions, and held faculty appointments at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs, University of Colorado Denver, and Binghamton University-SUNY.

 

Deputy Director: Vacant