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Honoring Officers Killed in 2016

March 20, 2016

Honoring those who have died this year.

Line of Duty Deaths: 26
 

Thank you Councilman Flynn

March 20, 2016

We would like to thank Denver City Councilman Kevin Flynn for his recent leadership resulting in an increase in the number of new officers Denver will train this year from 44 to 85.

A Letter to the Man I Killed… By a Cop

February 24, 2016

Some people know this about me; others do not.  I have killed a man.  This is not a confession; it is just fact.  I have nothing to hide about it.  I am not ashamed of the fact.  I have no regrets about doing it.  I was doing my job.  At the time of your death, I was a police officer.  And, you tried your best to kill me.  I am the police officer that killed you.

Reinstate Michael Villalpando at the Denver Health Paramedic Division

February 24, 2016

Pando was forced to resign from the Denver Health Paramedic Division en lieu of termination because of a failed drug test.  When it was proven that he failed the drug test because of a drug which was prescribed to him by the Denver Health Emergency Room, after he was assaulted by a spectator at a Broncos game, the hospital refused to change course.  

Police Officials Slam PERF Proposal To Change Force Standards

February 12, 2016

WASHINGTON, DC – A police group’s proposal that law enforcement officers be required to do more than what’s minimally required by law in violent encounters has spurred anger and pushback from leading national groups representing chiefs and rank-and-file sworn officers.

Let’s Stop the Finger-Pointing and Name-Calling

February 11, 2016

When you pull open your car door or the front door to your home, you have a reasonable expectation of what awaits you. Every day is similar.
For cops, we arrive at every door never knowing what will happen next.

2015 Excellence in Law Enforcement Award - Sergeant Daniel Steele

January 03, 2016

Colorado Attorney General Cynthia H. Coffman honors DPD Sergeant Daniel Steele with the 2015 Excellence in Law Enforcement Award.

The Numbers Are in: Black Lives Matter Is Wrong about Police -National Review

January 03, 2016

The conservative response is clear: While no one believes the police are perfect, on the whole they tend to use force appropriately to protect their own lives and the lives of others.  National Review

Body Cameras

November 11, 2015

An ill-conceived body camera program breeds distrust amongst community members and the officers expected to operate this important policing tool. Unfortunately, an ill-conceived body camera program is exactly what we face in the City of Denver. As a general matter, the Association supports the use of body cameras and believes that the use of this tool will further build trust between the community and its police officers.

Denver police union files lawsuit against implementation of body cameras

November 04, 2015

Police in Denver are supposed to start using body cameras in just a few weeks. But the Denver Police Protective Association, which represents 1,300 officers, has filed a lawsuit against their implementation.

Memorial To DPD Fallen Officer Celena Hollis Is Vandalized

October 20, 2015

Someone vandalized the memorial in Denver’s City Park overnight for fallen Denver police officer Celena Hollis.

Denver Fire Department Fires Black Captain Calling Him A Bully, Liar

October 18, 2015

The Denver Fire Department fired Capt. Harold Johnson Tuesday claiming he behaved as a firehouse bully who mistreated firefighters under his command and was more concerned with making personal calls at work than with public safety.

Driver who hit Denver police officer pleads guilty to felony counts

October 17, 2015

Driver of car that struck Denver police officers on bikes faces sentence range from probation to nine years in prison.

Police worry about their own safety after killings: ‘It’s a different world’

September 16, 2015

During his 21 years in law enforcement, Cpl. Wayne Curry hasn't worried much about the approach of strangers.  The Texas officer, like anyone who wears a badge, said he has had his share of run-ins with those who harbor a dislike of the police. But when people have stepped up to him, he said, it is "more likely they want to buy me dinner."

My Dad Is ‘Hater of Police’ Says Daughter Of Top Denver Safety Official

August 22, 2015

DENVER (CBS4) – The grown daughter of Denver’s Deputy Manager of Safety says her father, who is supposed to be an unbiased decision maker in police disciplinary cases, is a “hater of police” who “hates his job because he has to follow the rules and they’re always skewed towards cops,” according to information unearthed in a CBS4 investigation.

5 great ways to destroy your police career on social media

July 31, 2015

If you’re on the hunt for creative way to toss away that great career in law enforcement, I’ve got the answer for you: Be irresponsible and reckless in our use of social media

Look Who’s Coddling Denver’s Social-Justice Jerks

July 30, 2015

‘All cops are bastards!” “F**k cops!” “This is what white supremacy looks like!” On a tranquil Sunday afternoon in Denver, hate-mongering zealots hijacked a rally held by citizens and families of fallen police officers, who had gathered to pay tribute to Colorado’s honorable men and women in blue.

Seven Denver police officers honored for heroism, courage

April 13, 2015

Seven Denver police officers were honored Thursday for courage for their roles in a gun battle and car chase that played out like an action movie.

Former Safety Manager Calls For Vigil To Step Down

March 22, 2015

DENVER (CBS4) – Former Denver Manager of Safety Fidel “Butch” Montoya has called on the current Deputy Manager of Safety, Jess Vigil, to resign after a CBS4 Investigation uncovered online comments from Vigil’s daughter saying her father hates the police officers whose disciplinary cases he is ruling on.

Relations between Denver police chief, officers sink amid protests

March 08, 2015

Relations between Denver police chief, officers sink amid protests

Thank you for your support

February 22, 2015

No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks. -James Allen 

400 rally to support Denver police, raise new flag

February 22, 2015

About 400 people waved American flags and cheered during a rally for police Saturday, a week after protesters dumped red paint on a memorial honoring Denver's fallen officers and desecrated a flag by yanking it to the ground.

Denver chief defends decision not to stop vandals, police infuriated

February 20, 2015

Nick Rogers, president of the union that represents the majority of Denver's approximately 1,400 officers, said the chief's decision "empowers lawlessness"

Police Harassment

January 11, 2015

Recently, the Chula Vista, California Police Department ran an e-mail forum with the local community (a question and answer exchange) with the topic being, "Community Policing."  One of  the civilian e-mail participants posed the following question:

"I would like to know how it is possible for police officers to continually harass people and get away with it?"

From the "other side" (the law enforcement side) Sgt. Bennett, obviously a cop with a sense of humor replied:

Dear Officer, I see you.

January 11, 2015

Dear Officer,

I want you to know that I see you.  I see you choose the booth in the restaurant that allows you to have your back against the wall.  I see you walking to your next traffic stop while you hope that it isn’t your last.  

Fender bender with cop leads to this ...

December 10, 2014

An 87-year-old woman hit a state trooper's car while getting pulled over, setting off a chain reaction of kindness.

Is America ready for the true cost of police reform?

December 10, 2014

Protesters across the country have been shouting for “police reform.” But do they really know what truly reforming American law enforcement would entail — what it would cost? Do they know what they themselves would first need to bring to the table? 

10 things that fuel negative police image among the public

November 09, 2014

Maintaining the positive image of the police has always been a challenge since the days of the first known police force dating back to the 1800s. With the advent of social media, this challenge is amplified exponentially. At a moment’s notice, the misdeeds of one officer can go viral across the globe without any ability to mitigate or reconcile the damage. 

There’s no such thing as a free lunch.

September 21, 2014

There’s no such thing as a free lunch.  Have you received a “free” airline travel voucher in the mail?  Or a “VIP Invitation” to a “Special Lunch Event”?  Does your invite suggest that you are one of the special few? “This is a great opportunity to join an exclusive members-only vacation club, just come to this short, lunchtime presentation. There’s no obligation!”
 

Denver police officers save woman from house fire

May 10, 2014

Two Denver police officers rescued a woman from inside a burning house Friday, the Denver Police Department said.

New police policies could have changed Observatory Park response

May 05, 2014

The police officer responding to Kristine A. Kirk's home was not allowed to speed or run through stop signs or red lights. The dispatcher did not tell the officer that Richard Kirk was hallucinating, asking his wife to shoot him and trying to grab a handgun at their Observatory Park home.

Metro State study questions if extended bar hours would cut Denver LoDo violence

March 17, 2014

Metro State study questions if extended bar hours would cut Denver LoDo violence

Monday Morning Quarterbacks - Judgment is easy from the cheap seats

November 12, 2013

If we use force it must be open to inspection. It needs to be looked at and, at times, investigated. That being said, here’s what I strongly believe: Anyone who’s going to sit in that judgment better know what the hell they’re talking about! This isn’t a damn football game, this is life and death, literally.