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Meet the Team

Officer Virgil Majors - Community Relations Officer

Virgil MajorsOfficer Majors currently serves as Aurora Police Department's first ever Community Relations Officer. Officer Majors reports directly to Sergeant Jason Moore, who oversees the Community Relations Section. Officer Virgil Majors will be the liaison between community members, including youth, and outreach associated with the police department.

Prior to becoming an Aurora Police Officer in 2013, Officer Majors spent six years with the Detroit Police Department. During his time in Detroit, Officer Majors received the Spirit of Detroit award, awarded to him by the Detroit City Council, for outstanding achievements and service to the citizens of Detroit.

Only two short years after joining APD, Officer Majors was awarded a Chiefs Commendation for his work on the Recruiting Strategies Committee. Also in 2015, Officer Majors was elected to the Aurora Police Association Board of Directions where he served until 2019. In 2016, Officer Majors was awarded the Certificate of Community Commitment for working with Jack and Jill of America, Inc.. Officer Majors was also awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for his bravery and outstanding response to an armed man in 2017.

Officer Majors was assigned to District 2's PAR Unit in 2019 where he remained until being selected for this new position as the Community Relations Officer in 2020.

Officer Majors currently serves as an Equity Champion within the City's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Department and was also appointed by Aurora's City Council to the Community Police Task Force, which is charged with evaluating, discussing, and developing recommendations to improve effective and transparent communication between the Aurora Police Department and its community.

Officer Abdullah Syidi - Recruitment Officer

Officer SyidiOfficer Syidi joined the Aurora Police Department in 2003. He brings a wealth of knowledge to his current role as a Recruiter Officer. His passion for service has led him to partner with many local stakeholders over the years, including immigrant populations, Mosaic, Project Worthmore, Village Exchange Center, Asian Pacific Development Center and Colorado African Organization.

In 2016, he was appointed as the agency's Muslim Liaison Officer, serving as a partner to our Islamic community in identifying and resolving safety concerns. He has worked with the Department of Homeland Security to build positive community engagement geared towards all faith-based organizations and houses of worship.

Syidi is a current member of the US State Department Speaker Program. Through this partnership, he has provided training for international police officers, as well as been a host for the Star International Police Exchange program.

Prior to joining the Aurora Police Department, he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Social Science and a minor in Sociology from the University of Northern Colorado. His professional experience includes time as a clinical counselor, juvenile corrections and program administration.

Syidi endeavors to bridge the gap between police officers and the community by strengthening the existing relationships through fostering mutual trust, alliances and meaningful dialogue. The most rewarding part of his job is interacting with the Aurora community and knowing that he has an incredible opportunity to make a positive impact in someone's life each and every day.

Mary Fernandez – Recruitment Officer

Officer FernandezOfficer Mary Fernandez is a Colorado-native, born and raised in Boulder. She joined the Aurora Police Department in 2017 after attending Front Range Community College for Criminal Justice.

As an ambassador for the Aurora Police Department, her focus is on building relationships through local and national recruiting efforts. One of the most rewarding parts of this position is engaging people from all walks of life, learning the reasons they want to become police officers and then helping them navigate the process.

Fernandez previously served as a School Resource Officer (SRO) at Overland High School. She worked with students and staff, creating opportunities for open dialog and remove barriers between Aurora’s youth and police. She was honored with a Meritorious Service Award for her work while serving as a patrol officer in District 2.

Officer Dan Smick - Aurora For Youth

Officer SmithOfficer Smick joined the Aurora Police Department in 2001 after transferring from the Brown County (WI) Sheriff’s Department. Officer Smick has dedicated much of his law enforcement career to promoting youth initiatives within the community. In his current role as a Community Relations Officer, he is responsible for the Aurora for Youth program (AFY), coordinating the Global Teen Police Academy and Police Academy. In addition, he mentors local high school students interested in pursuing a career in Law Enforcement as the Head Explorer Post Advisor for Explorer Post 2024.

He has served in numerous capacities including as a patrol officer, Field Training Officer, a member of the Emergency Response Team (ERT) and School Resource Officer (SRO). As an SRO, his focus was on providing a safe learning environment to students within Aurora schools. He fostered positive relationships with students and staff while collaborating to develop problem-solving strategies impacting youth. Notable certifications include: Driving and Firearms Instructor, Crisis Intervention Training, International Police Mountain Bike Association (IPMBA) and Community Awareness Program (CAP) through the Counterterrorism Education Learning Lab. He holds an associate degree in Police Science.

Officer Smick enjoys leading programs that proactively engage youth. His hope is that positive police interaction will not only influence their perspectives on police-community relations but also their future choices.
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