Reddit AMA with the Denver Police: SWAT, LoDo let-out and more
Yesterday, in a post about a Twitter debate about plagiarism and social media between the Denver Police Department and media members, we noted that DPD chief of staff Lieutenant Matt Murray would be taking part last night in a Reddit Ask Me Anything (AMA) session. The chat went off as planned, with topics running the gamut from militarization and surveillance to favorite movies and pot -- lotsa pot questions. We've collected and photo-illustrated highlights of the wide-ranging conversation, which provides plenty of insight into the department. Check it out below.
Big photos and more below.
AMA question: Have you ever visited /r/bad_cop_no_donut? How do you respond to those who believe that the police force has become militarized and corrupt to the point where it is no longer able to function as a law enforcement agency? Please note that this is not my view, but I see that argument being advanced more and more, and I've always been interested to hear how a police officer would respond to those charges.
DPD: I came on the job in 1991. We are much LESS militarized than we were then.
AMA question: You claimed "We are much LESS militarized than we were then." I was just seeking clarification about what you meant, whether it be equipment, tactics, attitude, or whatnot. How has the police force become less militarized?
DPD: Attitude, structure, culture....
1. Attitude -- goes to what Chief White says, treat everyone with respect
2. Structure -- create a department poised to PREVENT crime
3. Culture -- officers have to change the way they perceive their responsibilities to the public.
AMA question: How has it been adjusting to marijuana being legal? Does your department support the law? What problems has it solved/created?
DPD: We don't have a position. Our job is to follow and enforce the law. It is certainly more complicated. We are also seeing, contrary to the pro-marijuana lobby, more marijuana in possession of youth.
AMA question: Would you take that as people being more open (even if they are minors) with their marijuana use/ being stupid about it, or there being an increase in use among minors?
DPD: Not going top make a value judgement. We will stick to facts. We are seeing more juveniles using and possessing marijuana than before it was legal.
AMA question: Are there numbers to back that up?
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