Barry Denton

Assistant Professor


Dr. Barry Denton retired December 31st, 2012 from the Louisville Metro Police Department. He retired as a Sergeant and was the Commander of the department's Bomb Squad. He started his career in law enforcement in 1991 with the Jefferson County Police Department where he was a patrolman, domestic violence detective, and district resource/crime prevention officer. In 2003, the Jefferson County Police and the Louisville Division of Police merged into what is now the Louisville Metro Police Department. In that same year, he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant. As a commanding officer, Dr. Denton served as the Assistant Commander of the Community Relations Division, Commander of Recruitment and Selection and Assistant Commander of the Traffic Unit. He was also a team leader for the Louisville Joint Emergency Services Unit. Dr. Denton is a three-time medal of valor recipient, received three merit awards, one life-saving award, the purple heart and three meritorious unit citations. In addition, he was awarded the Jefferson County Judge Executive’s Millennium Award in 2000 for his work in the area of domestic violence prevention.

Upon retirement, Dr. Denton became the Executive Director of the Louisville Metro Police Foundation, the only non-profit organization operating to support the Louisville Metro Police Department and its mission of making Louisville the safest city in America. Dr. Denton left that position in March of 2016 and became the Senior Vice President of Mission Advancement/Chief Development Officer of  Masonic Homes of Kentucky. Then, in May of 2018 Dr. Denton became the Executive Director of the American Heart Association of the Kentuckiana region, overseeing community initiatives, marketing and communications and development. Most recently, Dr. Denton joined the University of Louisville Department of Criminal Justice as an Assistant Professor. In addition to working at the University, Dr. Denton serves as a Lieutenant with the Spencer County Sheriff’s Office in Taylorsville, Kentucky.

Dr. Denton received his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and a master’s degree in Police Administration from the University of Louisville. Dr. Denton obtained a second master’s degree in Homeland Security from the American Military Institute. In 2016 Dr. Denton obtained his doctorate in Organizational Leadership from Spalding University. Dr. Denton is a graduate from the Southern Police Institutes Administrative Officers Course and the Department of Criminal Justice Training School of Strategic Leadership.

Dr. Denton is very active in the community and currently serves on the Kentucky Derby Festival board of directors, is Vice President of the St. Matthew’s Chamber and the student advisor for ASEZ for the University of Louisville. He also serves with the National A-Directorate of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary. Dr. Denton’s free time is spent serving at his church, Simpsonville Baptist Church, and traveling  with his lovely wife, Julie, their 16-year-old daughter Callie, 21-year-old daughter Caroline.

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