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Occupy Denver has cost Denver Police and Sheriff Departments $365,000

Update, 4:28 p.m. October 21: The Denver Police Department has released the cost incurred by the DPD and the Sheriff's Department to monitor Occupy Denver, particularly over last weekend's demonstrations: approximately $365,000. The number also includes the costs of other city agencies that provided assistance to the two.

Original item, 8:31 a.m. October 20: In the past few weeks, many of you, our dear readers, have asked us how much it is costing the city and state to monitor Occupy Denver, especially during protests like those that happened on Friday morning and Saturday night. The short answer is: Those numbers are coming. The longer answer is: We're not sure when.

One commenter, Botch, wrote:

Your tax dollars just got wasted, and you're about to lose a lot more. Just think how much sod the State could have purchased with those wasted tax dollars.

In the hope of answering that question, Westword spoke to Mary Dulacki, the woman who is fielding the approximately 1 billion records requests the Denver Police Department has been receiving on the subject. Her polite estimate is that the results will be available by the end of the week, "though I can't make any promises," she says. "When I saw the poor lieutenant who was tasked with coming up with this stuff -- and she's very careful and detail-oriented -- I felt sorry for whoever had to take on that job."

The delay in the records being released is the city's focus on specifics, which Dulacki says includes animal control, mental health services and the use of a helicopter, three things Westword was previously unaware were involved over the course of the weekend's police altercations.

On a Colorado State Patrol-specific level, the expected due date for information on costs is slightly less clear: "It might be a couple weeks before we get that coming back," says Eric Brown, a spokesman for Governor John Hickenlooper. "I don't think it's going to be for another week or two."

Although a final estimate has yet to be released for Denver, we do know that the first five days of sister occupation Occupy Philadelphia cost $164,000 in overtime costs and $237,000 in regular time, or about $80,000 a day.

In the meantime, Westword will give you the local answers as soon as we, well, get them -- but we wanted to keep you updated. Check back for more information.

More from our Occupy Denver archive: "Occupy Denver: City Council's Susan Shepherd calls protests most important thing in country."



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Bob
Bob

Why do they feel that they need to "monitor" free citizens who are doing nothing more that peacefully exercising their constitutionally guaranteed rights to assembly and speech.

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

It's a little late, but I object to the headline -- Occupy Denver has not cost Denver Police and Sheriff's Departments $365,000.  Those agencies have spent extravagantly on unnecessary overtime to pad their employee's salaries (e.g. fourteen CSP officers in Lincoln Park on Sunday, 10/23/11, at a time when there would normally be none at all -- very few people other than the CSP seem to want to share the park with them).  This announcement simultaneously signals Governor Hypocrite and Mayor Oreo's incompetence as well as the autonomy and self-aggrandizement of the two largest law enforcement agencies in Colorado, without hindrance or even much comment.

Ed
Ed

Hard to tell the zombie crawl from the ideological zombie Occupy Denver "crowd" today.

Point taken, We get it.  Wall St. blows. This is news to some under 25. What city services will be cut to pay for this prolonged hissy fit? 

LadyJParker79
LadyJParker79

@job: I'm occupying your mother every night.

Quadrophinc
Quadrophinc

Can you publish the number of people they have shot dead w/out a trial or even an arrest? Since lets say.. .1995?

Just for fun.

Cause I lost track...

TheRevolutionHasStarted
TheRevolutionHasStarted

This is good news.  Hit the government where it hurts.  Keep up the good work!  We can only hope they get a clue.

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

Denver's Good Germans will gladly pay the price for any show of force or abuse the CSP or DPD wish to conduct, and they will pay again for whatever the courts award their victims -- isn't this getting old, and expensive?

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

You weren't looking then.  We were far outnumbered by the zombies.  How macabre that so many people were pretending to be zombies on the very day that Mayor Oreo announced that no criminal charges would be filed in the police-murder of Alonzo Ashley -- there is no need for make-up or an act; Denver is full of zombies!

Quadrophinc
Quadrophinc

hopefully Police Bullets for Innocent Citizens . that program has been flourishing in Denver the last 10 years!! they could use some cuts!!

job
job

must be senile or have Alzheimers. No true vet would waist their time. Sorta like the fake army ranger Guy. Have your fun costing us more money this weekend.

job
job

Typical liberal name calling.

RyanJohnSmith
RyanJohnSmith

Aren't you getting tired of commenting on it ?

job
job

Robert is that a vailed natzi comment. Clever. All those who actually pay taxes raise there hands. To funny vagrants crying about taxes being spent on their illegal activities. Robert get a job contribute to society.

Jobs Mom
Jobs Mom

funny that someone so against this rally wastes so much of their time (at least four days now) on the Westword blogs complaining about it.

you = owned by Occupy Denver and you're still too much in shock to realize it.

LadyJParker79
LadyJParker79

I sure do like the names your mother calls me when I'm spanking her goodnight.

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

No, because I want better for my City.  The violation of the Law and our civil rights by  those sworn to uphold them merits outrage and action.  To just accept the loss of millions of dollars spent on these blunders and crimes is to be an idiot rather than a citizen of Denver -- which are you?

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

veiledNaziQuestions end with question marks.

Job, we are the long-suffering ones here, or at least it feels that way reading your pathetic, semi-literate comments (and I'm being very generous).

Google is your friend; the second search return for "Good German", http://www.thirdworldtraveler...., will explain the meaning of the phrase so that even you can understand it.

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

You are trying to insinuate something -- what?

Sgeerster
Sgeerster

As opposed to spending hundreds of thousands of dollars associated with blunders and crimes of another sort?

job
job

I'm sure it will explain away a different definition. But I know what you were really trying to say. Why not sheep analogy or robots. I think you know better.

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