Five new Castle Rock Police Officers were sworn in on February 21, 2017.

Last month, Castle Rock added five new officers to the ranks. Coming before Town Council, Police Chief Jack Cauley, introduced the new recruits to the community and talked about the skill sets each would bring to the department.

Chief Cauley opened his presentation with a observation about the large stature of the officers. “Either I’m going to have to find some smaller officers or get some bigger chairs,” he laughed.

He later went on to talk about why each officer had been selected to serve for the Castle Rock Police Department. While some had served in the military — working for the National Security Administration — other candidates have college degrees and valuable experience working for other agencies.

“We look for the cream of the crop when we hire officers,” added Chief Cauley. “As you can see we have acquired a diverse set of skills with our officers and we are very proud to have them here with us.” With a set of diverse skills, department team members compliment each other when working in the field.

Likewise, he wanted the community to understand that while the officers were recruited to serve here, their reason for accepting their positions was largely swayed by the Town’s strong local character. “Each one of these officers is interested in working here because of our focus on community policing and because of our community.”

Please join us in welcoming our new officers!

Zach Kennedy: Zach Kennedy was raised in Colorado Springs. After graduating high school, Zach received an athletic scholarship to the University of Wyoming to play football and graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and Health Promotion. In 2015, Zach graduated from the Pikes Peak Regional Law enforcement Academy. Shortly after graduation, Zach worked as a seasonal Flat Water Patrol Officer for Colorado Parks and Wildlife. In November of 2015, Zach accepted a position with the Arvada Police Department as a patrol officer where he served prior to be hired by the Castle Rock Police Department.

Sam Regehr: Sam is originally from Aurora Colorado where he lived for much of his youth before moving to Valley Center, California. After graduating high school, Sam moved back to Colorado and began working in commercial roofing. Sam honorably served in the United States Marine Corp. from 2005-2009 — during which time he was stationed in Yuma, Arizona –where he was assigned to aviation ordinance, working on the carrier aircraft. After his discharge from the Marine Corp., Sam attend and graduated from the Pikes Peak Law Enforcement Academy in December 2016. At which time he was recruited by the Castle Rock Police Department.

John Mullineaux: John was born in Colorado and grew up on the south end of Colorado Springs with his parents and two brothers. While still in high school, John’s passion for law enforcement started when he joined the El Paso County Sherriff’s Office cadet program. After graduating high school, John attended Ft. Luis College on a football scholarship. After a few years and a few too many injuries, John decided to hang up his cleats and went to Colorado springs to finish his Associates Degree at Pikes Peak Community College. John’s first job in the criminal justice field was with the Colorado Department of Corrections working for the Cheyenne Mountain Re-entry Center. While there, John held positions on the emergency response team, on the transport team and became a training officer. In February 2015, John began working for the Teller County Sherriff’s Office in the detentions center before being hired by the Castle Rock Police Department.

Marcos Whyte: Marcos was born and raised in San Diego, California. After graduating high school, he enlisted in the United States Army and served as a military intelligence analyst for more than five years. After serving his duty in Texas and Ft. Carson, Colorado, Marcos continued to attend college at the American Military University where he is pushing a bachelors degree in physiology. After his discharge from the US Army, he attended the Pikes Peak Regional Law Enforcement Academy where he was recruited by the Castle Rock Police Department. Marcus still serves as a reservist in the United States Army Reserve and is the brother of Castle Rock Police Department Officer Anthony White.

Darsell Polite: “Now that’s a name for an officer, Officer Polite,” remarked Chief Cauley. Darsell is from Los Angeles, California but made Colorado his home in 2014. After graduating high school, Darcell joined the United States Army where he served as a Signals Intelligence Analyst with assignments to the National Security Administration and overseas assignments in Korea and Iraq. After six years on active duty, Darsell discharged from the army and attended San Diego Mesa College. After spending time in a variety of occupations, to include a contract musician, and oil fill operator and a management position for UPS, Darsell attended and graduated from the Southwest Law Enforcement Academy in Durango where he was recruited by the Castle Rock Police Department.