Posts Tagged ‘Colorado’

Denver saves $4 million per year with in-house physical therapy

March 7, 2018

This article reports success in Denver from adding a physical therapist on staff. Total savings from worker comp claims in the police, sheriff, and fire departments have been $8 million in 2 years. The therapist sees about 150 employees per month.


Disproportion persists in marijuana arrests

February 1, 2018

The number of marijuana arrests has dropped dramatically in several jurisdictions following adoption of legalization measures, but people of color are still sharply over-represented, according to this article. Despite similar levels of marijuana use across racial groups, the arrest rate of blacks is 11 times higher than for whites in Washington, DC, 10 times higher in Alaska, and nearly 3 times higher in Colorado.

Getting oversight right

January 24, 2018

This article discusses the pros and cons of various alternatives for achieving police accountability, such as civilian review, police auditors, and special commissions. The public tends to want an independent process but the oversight systems don’t always succeed and they risk diluting the chief or sheriff’s responsibility for discipline. Chicago is cited as one place currently trying several options at once.

School-based drug education in Colorado

October 5, 2017

This article describes efforts in Colorado schools aimed at educating kids about drugs and healthy choices — in a state that has legalized marijuana. Both local programs and the revised DARE curriculum use interactive teaching methods and emphasize prevention science rather than “just say no.”

Transparency tops in Fort Collins

August 22, 2017

Fort Collins, Colorado recently conducted a citywide survey for input to its selection process for a new police chief. The leading consideration, included in the top 5 by almost 64% of respondents, was “transparency of promoting good work and admitting mistakes,” according to this article.

Ongoing physical fitness requirements

July 13, 2017

While police departments emphasize physical fitness in hiring, they have struggled to implement standards that must be met throughout an officer’s career. This article reports a federal court ruling that standards imposed in Colorado Springs gave “meaningless results” and unlawfully discriminated against women officers when used as the sole basis for threatening loss of employment.

Civilian review issues

June 5, 2017

This article discusses the pros and cons of the civilian review board in Fort Collins, Colorado, established in 1999. The board rarely disagrees with the police department’s internal investigations. Critics say it is merely a rubber stamp, while supporters say it provides an important check and balance over an internal process that generally works well.

Voters in several cities enhance civilian oversight

November 12, 2016

Voters in Denver, New Orleans, Honolulu, Miami, and San Francisco approved measures strengthening civilian oversight of police last Tuesday, according to this article, while a new civilian police commission was created in Oakland. Given predictions that DOJ civil rights enforcement will be significantly scaled back under the Trump administration, the locus of police accountability seems likely to shift even more toward the local level during the next few years.

NIBIN still underutilized

October 7, 2016

NIBIN is the computer system used to match guns, bullets, and shell casings. It is a potentially valuable investigative tool if, for example, police recover shell casings at a shooting scene and can connect them to a gun or ballistic evidence from prior cases. However, mainly due to technology and staffing costs, NIBIN is not available to all police agencies and is often underutilized by those that have it, according to this article.

The case for more women

July 27, 2016

In this essay the author recounts her grandmother’s harrowing journey through domestic violence to a career on the edges of law enforcement, and argues that increasing the number of women police would help fix some of today’s problems, including reducing use of force and providing better protection to victims.