CSPD's Command Staff

Meet the Command Staff

Leadership in a police agency requires a high degree of skill, a commitment to excellence, and the ability to bring out the best in those being led. This portion of webpage will provide you information on those members of the CSPD who have demonstrated the requirements in abundance by earning a position of leadership with the CSPD . 

Commander Rafael Cintron - Metro Vice, Narcotics, Intelligence Division

Commander Rafael Cintron

Current Assignment: Metro Vice, Narcotics, Intelligence Division Commander

Biographical Information:    Commander Rafael Cintron graduated from Widefield High School in 1981.  He joined the Colorado Springs Police Department in 1985.  As an officer, he was a member of the Tactical Enforcement Unit then transferred to the Training Academy as an instructor.  He was promoted to sergeant in 1997, where he served in Patrol, the Community Relations Office and Metro Vice, Narcotics & Intelligence.  He was promoted to lieutenant in 2002, where he served in Patrol, was the Public Information Officer and then the Training Academy Director.  He was promoted to commander in 2012. Commander Cintron has a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Kansas Wesleyan University and a Master’s Degree in Criminal Administration from the University of Colorado.  Commander Cintron is a past Board member of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and is currently a Board member of the YMCA Metro Board of Directors.

Commander Jeff Strossner - Falcon Division

Commander Jeff Strossner

Current Assignment: Falcon Division Commander

Biographical Information:  Commander Jeff Strossner joined the Colorado Springs Police Department in 1997, after serving two years as a dispatcher in Adams County and one year as a police officer in Manitou Springs.   While at the rank of officer, Commander Strossner served Falcon, Stetson Hills, and Sand Creek patrol, with special assignments as a Neighborhood Resource Officer, School Resource Officer, and Financial Crimes Detective.  He was promoted to sergeant in 2008 and served the Gold Hill Division supervising patrol officers, the Downtown Area Response Team, the Homeless Outreach Team, and Metal Theft Impact Team.  In 2014 he was promoted to lieutenant with assignments at both the Falcon and Gold Hill Divisions.  In 2016 he was transferred to the Professional Standards Division where he served nearly two years leading Internal Affairs.  He was promoted to Commander in 2017 and is currently assigned to the Falcon Division.  Commander Strossner has a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Security Management from Bellevue University.   

 

Commander Adrian Vasquez - Specialized Enforcement Division

Commander Adrian Vasquez

Current Assignment: Specialized Enforcement Division Commander

Biographical Information:    Commander Adrian Vasquez joined the Colorado Springs Police Department in 1995, after serving in the United States Air Force as a Security Police Officer for 9-1/2 years. After joining CSPD, he served as a patrol officer in Sand Creek before transferring to the Metro, Vice, Narcotics and Intelligence (Metro VNI) Division in 1998. While with Metro VNI, he was a street team detective, a K-9 handler and a task force officer with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). He was promoted to sergeant in 2003 where he served in Patrol, Metro VNI, the DEA Task Force. He was promoted to lieutenant in 2011, where he served in Patrol before transferring to the Violent Crimes Section where he oversaw the Homicide, Assault, Robbery and Victim Advocacy Units. He was promoted to the rank of commander in 2016 when he was assigned to the Stetson Hills Division. Commander Vasquez holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology from Colorado State University.  He is a graduate of the Center for Creative Leadership.

 

Commander Sean Mandel - Gold Hill Division

Commander Sean Mandel

Current Assignment: Gold Hill Division Commander

Biographical Information: Joined the Colorado Springs Police Department in 1992.  As an officer he worked as a Patrol Officer, a Narcotics Detective and a Homicide Detective.  Commander Mandel was promoted to sergeant in 2004 and served in Patrol, Internal Affairs and the FBI Safe Streets Task Force.  In 2008, Commander Mandel was promoted to lieutenant and was assigned to Patrol and the Specialized Enforcement Division before being promoted to to commander in 2013. Commander Mandel holds a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice from St. Mary’s College and is a graduate of the Center for Creative Leadership’s “Leadership Development Program." Commander Mandel is a native of Colorado Springs and is a proud graduate of William Mitchell High School. 

Commander Tish Olszewski - Professional Standards Division

Commander Tish Olszewski

Current Assignment: Professional Standards Division

Biographical Information: Commander Tish Olszewski joined the Colorado Springs Police Department in 1984. She was promoted to Sergeant in 1993 working in Patrol, the Training Academy, Internal Affairs and the Sex Crimes/Crimes Against Children Unit. She was promoted to Lieutenant in 2003 with assignments in Patrol, Metro Vice, Narcotics & Intelligence, and Specialized Enforcement. She was promoted to Commander in 2008 with assignments in the Patrol Division at Stetson Hills, Gold Hill, Falcon, and the Investigations Division. Commander Olszewski has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a Master's in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix. Commander Olszewski is also a graduate of the 243rd Session of the FBI National Academy, the DEA Drug Unit Commander’s Academy and Leadership Pikes Peak.

Commander Pat Rigdon - Management Services Division

Commander Pat Rigdon

Current Assignment: Management Services Division Commander

Biographical Information:    Commander Pat Rigdon joined the Colorado Springs Police Department in 1995 after serving as a police officer for the City of Laramie, WY for four years. He was promoted to Sergeant in 2003, where he worked in Patrol and the Tactical Enforcement Unit. He was promoted to Lieutenant in 2008 and was assigned to the Sand Creek Division and the Gold Hill Division. He was promoted to Commander in 2012 and has served at the Gold Hill Division and the Specialized Enforcement Division. Commander Rigdon has a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Cornell College and a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Colorado. He has attended the Center for Creative Leadership and attended the 248th Session of the FBI National Academy.

Commander Scott Whittington - Sand Creek Division

Commander Scott Whittington

Current Assignment: Sand Creek Patrol Division Commander

Biographical Information:    Commander Scott Whittington joined the Colorado Springs Police Department in February 1988. As a police officer, he has held a variety of assignments to include, Patrol, and investigations as an Economic, Sex Crimes, and Fugitive Detective. He was promoted to sergeant in January of 1999 and served in Patrol, Internal Affairs and Investigations as the Robbery Unit Sergeant. In March of 2006, he was promoted to lieutenant and served in Patrol, Office of Emergence Management, and Professional Standards. In July of 2013, he was promoted to Commander of the Office of Professional Standards. Commander Whittington was responsible for Planning/Research and Grants; Public Information Office; Community Relations; Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement (CALEA); Internal Affairs; and the Training Academy.  In July of 2014, he was assigned to the Sand Creek Patrol Division, which has responsibilities for the southeast portion of Colorado Springs.  He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Sam Houston State University and a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.

Commander Jeff Jensen - Investigations Division

Commander Jeff Jensen

Current Assignment: Investigations Division Commander

Biographical Information:    Commander Jeff Jensen joined the Colorado Springs Police Department in 1996.  He served as a patrol officer in Sand Creek before transferring to the Metro Vice, Narcotics and Intelligence Division in 1999.  While with Metro VNI, he served as both a Street Team detective and Bureau of BATF Gun Interdiction Unit Task Force detective. He was promoted to sergeant in 2003 where he served as a patrol supervisor and as a detective sergeant supervising the Robbery, Homicide and Cold Case Units.   He was promoted to lieutenant in 2012.  He served as a patrol watch commander and as the supervisor of the Peak Substation, where he was responsible for the Downtown Area Response Team and the Homeless Outreach Team.  He was promoted to the rank of commander in 2017 and is currently assigned to the Investigations Division. Commander Jensen holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Law Enforcement and Judicial Administration from Western Illinois University. He is a graduate of the Center for Creative Leadership.

 

Commander Dave Edmondson  - Stetson Hills Division

Commander Dave Edmondson

Current Assignment: Stetson Hills Division Commander

Biographical Information:   Commander David Edmondson joined the Colorado Springs Police Department in 1996.  He served as a patrol officer in Sand Creek and Gold Hill before transferring to the Professional Standards Division as a Training Academy Instructor 1999.  In 2003, he was assigned to the Investigations Division as a homicide detective. He was promoted to sergeant in 2005 where he served as a patrol supervisor and as the Recruit Training sergeant supervising both the recruit and in-service units.   He was promoted to lieutenant in 2012.  He served as a patrol watch commander, Protective Security Section manager with the Specialized Enforcement Division, and the Special Victims Section back in the Investigations Division where he was responsible for the security of city facilities, Airport security, and Municipal Court, as well as, the management of investigatory personnel handling cases involving crimes against children, domestic violence, and adult sexual assault.  He was promoted to the rank of commander in 2017 and is currently assigned to the Stetson Hills Division. Commander Edmondson holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Troy State University. He is a graduate of the Center for Creative Leadership, Leadership Pikes Peak Signature Program, and Leading in Police Organizations.

 

Communications Manager Renee Henshaw - Communications Center

Public Safety Communications Manager Renee Henshaw 

Current Assignment: Communications Center

Biographical Information:  Public Safety Communications Manager Renee Henshaw joined the Colorado Springs Police Department in September of 1998 as an Emergency Response Technician.  Six months later she was promoted to Public Safety Dispatcher.  In 2010 she took over as the training coordinator for the communications center and in August of 2012 was promoted to supervisor.  In May of 2013 she was promoted again to the position she currently holds as Manager of the Public Safety Communications Center.

Renee has a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from California State University Sacramento and has attended the Center for Creative Leadership.