Chief Dean Harcrow graduated from high school in 1985, joined the Army and served 3 years at Fort Bragg, North Carolina as a Paratrooper. He holds an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice and a Bachelor Degree in Applied Management with an emphasis in Public Safety.
In 1991 he started his law enforcement career with the Elkhart, Kansas Police Department until 1994 when he was hired with the Hutchinson, Kansas Police Department.
Chief Harcrow spent 23 with the Hutchinson Police Department where he as assigned to patrol, drug enforcement unit and detectives. During his tenure with the Hutchinson Police Department he was a member of the Special Operations Response Team as a sniper, the State Director for the Kansas Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics, and was on the Fraud Task Force Board of Directors. Chief Harcrow retired from the Hutchinson Police Department in 2017.