Gary Patzer grew up in the Chicago area. He moved to Colorado after military duty in the US Marine Corps in 1988. In 1989, he attended the police Academy at Arapahoe Community College. After graduation, he was hired at the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office. In 1997, he was hired at the Loveland PD and has been there ever since. He has 25+ years’ experience in law enforcement. He has had several assignments in law enforcement including gang officer, bicycle officer, school resource officer, detective, less lethal instructor, SWAT team officer and team leader. He is also retired from the Colorado National Guard serving overseas in Bosnia and Iraq. Gary has been a member of the Fraternal Order of Police since 1997. He was also a charter member of Lodge 52. He has served as Vice President and currently serves as President of the Lodge. Gary holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from St John’s University in Criminal Justice.
Rob Pride has been a member of the Fraternal Order of Police since 1994. He is a Colorado native and started his law enforcement career as a reserve deputy at age 19. Over his 25+ year career, Rob has worked as a corrections officers, patrol officer, gang enforcement, narcotics detective, general investigations detective, and currently serves as a Sergeant in his patrol division. He is in his 21st year of service with the Loveland Police Department.
Rob was a charter member Loveland FOP Lodge 52 and has served as Chairman of the Labor Council, State Trustee and a 6 year term as President. He was elected to the Colorado State FOP Executive Board in 2008 and has since served in the positions of Sgt. At Arms, 2nd Vice President and currently as the National Trustee. During his time as National Trustee, Rob served on the National Recruitment Committee. Rob was honored to be elected to the National FOP Executive Board as Chairman of the Trustees at the 63rd Biennial National FOP Conference in Nashville.
During his time as an FOP leader, Rob has been an active voice for officer wellness and police suicide prevention. Rob was active in a 5 year effort by Colorado FOP to pass legislation in their state to recognize PTSD for First Responders as a worker’s compensation injury and raise awareness about police suicide. Rob serves on the Colorado FOP Legislative Action Committee and has testified before legislators on various bills surrounding medical marijuana, drug enforcement laws, retirement and other bills of importance to law enforcement.
Rob holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice Administration and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Emergency Management from Columbia Southern University.