Denver Police Department finishes major reorganization, with many demoted

There's a range of benefits that comes from this reshuffling, according to Department of Safety and DPD officials.

For example, Murray points to basic economic savings due to increased efficiencies that come with restructuring.

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Robert White addressing reporters in August.
For detectives, the DPD went from 269 to 255 officers through this process, which Murray says will result in a savings of $73,780 per year. At the level of technicians, the savings is even greater -- at $347,310 per year, with a drop from 136 to 91 officers. And a decrease of corporals from 102 to 77 equates to annual savings of $263,500.

But White would have launched this process even if it didn't come with economic benefits, Murray says, because he believes it will push forward his goal of restoring the public's faith in the department.

"There's been an outcry by the public for many years about the Denver Police Department and the way the public perceived our interactions," Murray says. "Chief White was brought here to change that culture."

Forcing officers to go through that process essentially raises the bar and ideally will improve the quality of the department -- and Murray, who has been at the DPD for more than two decades, says it's the largest reform of this kind he's ever seen. "This is dramatic change. This is wholesale change," he notes.

White's "primary interest is building a police department that serves the needs of the community," White adds. "If it's gonna make officers unhappy...and it's the right thing to do for the community, he's gonna do it."

Plus, Murray says, "When you are rewarding the good employees, that's the right thing to do and they're quietly happy about it."

In a recent e-mail about the restructuring, White wrote:

Change is always difficult and I understand the changes that have taken place this year have impacted you and your families. Thank you for your dedication to our community and your professionalism in carrying out your job responsibilities. We are seeing a difference in our interactions with the community and the recognition, by the media, of good work performed by our employees.

When we spoke with him about the restructuring, Martinez said he hoped it would put better officers in higher positions, which would then have a positive impact on the ranks below as well. "It puts people in charge who are aligned with the mission and values of the department, because it gives those people opportunities to select the people that are working for them," he explained, adding that it allows "people to be held accountable for the actions of those people that they're supervising."

And the positive results could extend beyond the department, Martinez said: "It should begin a process of a more genteel interaction with the public."

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Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

That Alex Martinez looks as if he could succumb to A.I.D.S. any second .....

Aaron LeForce
Aaron LeForce

So not only are cops going to do stupid shit cause of their small penis complex, now they have a chip on their shoulder for being demoted. Very smart!

Stephen At Half Aspen
Stephen At Half Aspen

Johnny...I hear that the police in Iran need help. Seems to me you'd fit right in. I despise violent criminals too and, given the opportunity, would certainly prefer to "dispose" of them properly rather than dial 911 but not all of those arrested are violent offenders and not all are guilty. When the police break the rules under the guise of law enforcement, well, then they're fair game too. We don't need that here.

Jonny D Foxtrot
Jonny D Foxtrot

If you're a criminal - the minute you do anything to violate the rights of someone who is abiding by the law or otherwise within the scope of the law in their actions, I believe that you have voluntarily given up any right or expectation of protection under those laws. You shouldn't get to use the law as a shield to be a violent, criminal piece of shit

Jonny D Foxtrot
Jonny D Foxtrot

Hey Josh...the better question is how does this allow the department to deal with ignorant shitheads who commit crimes and expect no punishment or to get away with it because they think the laws don't apply to them? There ARE elements of this city - and this society - that need MORE "police brutality" if that forcible action means that it significantly reduces the number of arrogant thug shitheads, gangbangers, drug dealers, rapists and the like who roam our streets and execute their crimes with relative impugnity because the City Attorney's office, the DA and the City Administration don't want to offend any of them. You know what? FUCK VIOLENT CRIMINALS...personally, I'd like to see the police have shoot-on-sight authorization for gang members, drug dealers and individuals in the midst of violent crimes...it would most definitely be a deterrent if some of these fuckheads - like the guys who shot that bartender over on Colfax and Pearl last Friday - knew that the minute a cop sees them and identifies them, they're fair game.

Josh Bradley
Josh Bradley

All fine and good but uh...how does this address the real problem of DPD officers and excessive rates of police brutality? Oh yeah, it doesn't. Just puts more PO'd cops on the street.

stevebeast
stevebeast

whatever, the bottom line is the citizens of Denver are still waiting for the DOJ to step in and clean up that sesspool. Guess we need someone higher up than the mayor to make that request.

ManeRok
ManeRok

@PederNoir @DenverWestword HAHAHAAHA!!!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Q: What do you call 100 Denver Cops at the bottom of the ocean?

 

 

A: a good start.

 

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StillMM2
StillMM2

 @DonkeyHotay  The location of police stations are available to the public.  Man up, pansy.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @betweenthelines  Keep lying, chump.

 

No Misdemeanor or Felony Marijuana Crimes have been dismissed in Colorado due to A64.

 

Guess why, moron?

 

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