A Denver Police officer stands guard at the scene where an officer was shot on Sunday, June 24, at City Park in Denver. The shooting occurred after the weekly City Park Jazz event. (Jeremy Papaso)
- Mar 1:
- Protesters rally in Denver against police brutality
- Feb 22:
- El Departamento de Policía de Aurora tiene problemas para reclutar minorías
- Agreement keeps Denver police out of most school discipline problems
- Feb 13:
- NAACP accuses Denver police of "Jim Crow era" brutality
- Feb 1:
- Denver's 911 call performance audits reveal problems
- Jan 16:
- El Departamento de Policía de Denver busca 100 nuevos oficiales
- Police officer wounded, 3 others hurt, 1 dead in northwest Denver
- Jan 15:
- Investigation into fatal Adams County shooting ongoing
- Adams County sheriff's deputy shoots, kills man
- Jan 11:
- Denver police chase leads to crash; woman, child not seriously hurt
- Dec 4:
- Aurora Police Department struggling to improve minority numbers
- Nov 25:
- Top Denver bomb dog retires as handler moves to civilian post
- Nov 12:
- Denver will replace some police with civilians
- Sep 13:
- Accused shooter will stand trial in shooting of Denver cop Celena Hollis
- Sep 6:
- Latino officers' discrimination complaints against Denver dismissed
- Jul 31:
- Suspect dead in officer-involved shooting in Denver
- Jul 19:
- Colorado State Patrol harbors anti-gay culture, judge says
- Jul 16:
- Denver cops nervous about changes in some ranks
- Jul 9:
- Denver police rotate gang officers in an attempt to boost training
- Jul 5:
- Suspect in Denver police officer killing appears in court
- Jun 29:
- Tributes planned for slain Denver Police officer Celena Hollis
- Jun 26:
- Alleged Denver cop killer claimed gang membership when booked
- Jun 25:
- Policía de Denver de luto por asesinato de oficial
- Slain Denver police officer identified; was head of officer's association
- Matan a balazos a policía cerca de concierto en Denver
- Jun 24:
- Police officer killed at Denver's City Park Jazz festival
- Jun 14:
- Latina conecta a la policía de Denver con la comunidad
- Denver Police land knockout with Latina in their corner
- Jun 7:
- FBI investigará caso de supuesta brutalidad policial en Denver
- FBI opens investigation into Denver police beating
- Jun 4:
- Denver police chief and Safety Manager delay discipline decision
- Jun 1:
- Fallen Englewood officer remembered, interred with honors
- May 29:
- Englewood officer dies of injuries; accused drunken driver in court
- May 24:
- Denver police train for implementation of homeless-camping ban
- May 22:
- Panel reinstates Denver cop who took off-duty drunken joy ride
- Apr 24:
- Lawsuit against 4 Denver cops goes to trial
- Apr 19:
- Jurado exime de culpa a policía de Aurora acusado de matar a hispano
- Apr 17:
- Denver police dog attacks, kills pet in Arvada
- Apr 9:
- City allowed to fire officers in police beating
- Activists gather signatures to urge federal civil-rights probe of Denver police
- Mar 20:
- White and Martinez to announce changes to Denver police today
- Mar 19:
- Two fired Denver cops get their jobs back, two others don't
- Mar 15:
- Committee named to help pick new DPD commanders
- Citizen complaints against Denver police declined in 2011
- Mar 13:
- Denver cop's firing upheld in stomping of boy in alley
- Mar 1:
- Nuevo jefe policial promete reformas, mayor acercamiento a la comunidad
- Denver sheriff's captain says department ignored her accusations of rape by colleagues
- Feb 29:
- New police chief promises reforms, more community interaction
- Denver police chief "flattening" the force to increase accountability
- Feb 28:
- Denver Police chief shakes up department, commanders must reapply for jobs
- Feb 15:
- Denver police's witness-description computer system under fire
- Feb 14:
- Denver cop who was fired for mishandling hit-and-run case wins his job back
- Feb 2:
- Video of cop manhandling suspect released
- Feb 1:
- Denver cop suspended for unnecessary force
- Jan 31:
- Denver police apologize for handling of lawmaker's case
- Jan 29:
- New cop, a son of immigrants, aims to bridge gap with community
- Jan 27:
- Denver names panelists who will help pick police monitor
- Jan 19:
- Family of slain extortion suspect asks court for Aurora police records
- Jan 17:
- Denver to appeal reinstatement of 2 fired police officers
- Jan 13:
- Two fired Denver cops reinstated with back pay in 2009 diner incident
- Jan 9:
- Reporte detalla 500 casos de arrestos equivocados en Denver durante siete años
- Jan 8:
- Records detail more than 500 mistaken-identity arrests in Denver in seven years
- Jan 7:
- Denver mayor: Wait for reforms before having feds investigate Police Department
- Jan 5:
- Denver manager of safety rips police monitor
- Denver police monitor rips DPD discipline, says cops can't investigate selves
- Jan 4:
- Douglas County sheriff's deputy accused of driving drunk is fired
- Denver police monitor: Reinstating officers who lied has "horrible implications"
- Jan 3:
- Civil service panel overturns firing of two Denver cops
- Dec 12:
- Robert White sworn in as new Denver Police Chief
- New Denver Police Chief Robert White to assume command today
- Dec 7:
- Denver's police monitor taking new job
- Dec 2:
- Beatings of suspects "run of the mill" for some Denver cops, former safety manager says
- Nov 29:
- Denver City Council approves contract of Police Chief Robert White
- Nov 21:
- Denver City Council approves new Denver Police Chief Robert White contract on first reading
- Nov 14:
- Denver officers justified in shooting of armed robber, District Attorney rules
- Nov 10:
- Expert will help sort Denver police use-of-force documents
- Nov 9:
- Denver's safety chief defends police-chief choice White to council committee
- Nov 8:
- Safety Manager Martinez will be guest at Mi Casa forum this evening
- Council meeting on Denver's new police chief could get heated
- Comisión Latina de Denver convoca a foro sobre seguridad comunitaria
- Oct 28:
- Mayor Michael Hancock announces offer to Robert White to lead DPD
- Oct 27:
- Denver police chief proposes double-check on DUI stops of public officials
- Oct 26:
- Denver cops to test body cameras in pilot program
- Feds: Arrests take 80 armed gang members off the streets
- Oct 24:
- Man claims he was injured by Aurora police during seizure, files federal lawsuit
- Oct 23:
- Denver protest against police leads to one arrest
- Oct 21:
- Autopsy says man's death at Denver Zoo a homicide, criminal charges will not follow
- Oct 18:
- Police: Armed robber fatally shot by officers in east Denver
- Oct 6:
- Denver police use Twitter to criticize news report
- Sep 30:
- Aurora police chief orders new training after latest officer-involved shooting
- Sep 29:
- Man shot and killed by police in Aurora
- Sep 14:
- Denver police share concerns with mayor
- Sep 7:
- Fired Denver cops got jobs back on technicality, city will appeal
- Two Denver cops fired in LoDo beating case reinstated by board
- Sep 2:
- Defenders step up for Denver Police Chief Whitman as he prepares to step down
- Aug 24:
- Supreme Court justice Alex J. Martinez named Denver's manager of safety
- Aug 15:
- Balaceras policiales: una fina distinción entre fuerza mortal y resolver el caso
- Shootings: Fine line divides deadly force and resolution
- Aug 12:
- Littleton asks DA to open wiretapping probe at police department
- Aug 9:
- Aurora seeks vote on property-tax hike to fund police-hiring mandate
- Aug 7:
- Man shot, killed by Denver police after high-speed chase
- Aug 1:
- Police warn of street robberies in Capitol Hill area
- Jul 19:
- Officers cleared in fourth Aurora police shooting
- Jun 14:
- Denver police force settlements now top $1 million for year
- May 2:
- Aumenta presencia policial en aeropuertos y otros sitios en EEUU
- Apr 25:
- Nuevo comandante de policía de Denver Tony Lopez se enfoca en el bienestar de la gente
The average time it takes a Denver police officer to respond to high priority 911 calls has increased by nearly two minutes this year, and department officials say a decline in the number of officers on the force is making it harder to maintain response rates.
Spokesmen for Denver police said Tuesday that budget constraints have prevented the city from hiring new officers, which has taken a toll on services.
"It's going to get worse before it gets better, but it will eventually get better," said Lt. Matthew Murray, spokesman for Denver Police Chief Robert White, who took control of the department about a year ago.
Murray said White is moving more officers out of desk jobs and into the streets to alleviate the strain. He added that help also will come when new officers start getting hired as early as next year and when the chief finishes a review of police district boundaries.
The department will be able to hire new officers because voters in November agreed to release the city from provisions of the Taxpayer's Bill of Rights, which will bring in $68 million in new revenue annually to the city.
The department recently released data showing that, on average, it took 15.75 minutes to respond to high priority 911 calls through the first 10 months of this year. In the first 10 months of last year, the average response time was 14.03 minutes, the department data shows.
"We're doing some things to address this, but there is no silver bullet," Murray said.
The average time it took an officer to respond to such 911 calls through all of 2011 was 14.21 minutes. For 2010, the average was 13.49 minutes, and in 2009, 14.38 minutes.
The department released the data after two high-profile incidents involving 911 response by police. Last month, White ordered the internal affairs bureau to investigate a nearly 6 ½ -hour delay between a 911 call reporting a violent domestic dispute and the discovery of a woman's body in her southwest home.
In May, Denver 911 director Carl Simpson fired Juan Jesus Rodriguez, a 911 operator, for failing to follow procedure when he instructed a Sudanese refugee to return to Denver after the refugee reported he was being threatened by a group of Latinos wielding a gun.
The refugee, Jimma Reat, followed the operator's instructions and returned to Denver, where he was killed by someone in the group that had threatened him and his companions.
Simpson was hired as director of 911 to improve performance and drive reforms. A strategic plan he helped develop for 911 replaced former police supervisors in 911 with civilian hires. Training of 911 operators also was overhauled.
City documents also show the strategic plan strived to make 911 operators more efficient, a move that by February 2010 had essentially added the equivalent of 13 employees in 911 without actually having to make any actual hires.
Despite that push by Simpson and others overseeing 911, response rates by police are lagging for priority 0, 1 and 2 calls for service, according to the data the police department released. Those calls are classified as "high priority" by the police department and encompass everything from welfare checks to shootings and assaults.
Police spokesman Sonny Jackson said the data contained some surprises for even department veterans. For instance, the department has logged 12,982 welfare checks through October of this year, far more than the 9,859 welfare checks the department logged for all of 2009.
"That surprised even us," said Jackson, who stressed that such welfare checks aren't always considered a pressing need because they essentially involve checking to make sure someone is OK instead responding to actual news of harm. "We were like, 'Wow.'"
Jackson said that as the chief reviews police operations, there may be a concerted effort to downgrade welfare checks to a lesser category of response so more officers will be available to respond to higher priority issues.
Both Jackson and Murray said the lagging response rates aren't related to a dip in officer-initiated activity.
In 2011, officer-initiated responses dropped far below expected performance following high-profile firings of officers. Police officers said they disagreed with those firings and were reluctant to continue an aggressive response.
Jackson and Murray pointed out that statistics show this year that officer-initiated responses have rebounded to levels higher than those tallied from 2008 through 2011.
They said the police force has declined from 1,462 sworn officer positions at the start of 2011 to 1,388 officers for this month.
White is responding by turning some jobs that previously were done by sworn officers into civilian positions, Murray said. For instance, administrative assistants and fingerprint technicians are scheduled to become civilian jobs.
City budget negotiations also are projected to end with the approval of the hiring of new officers, who must undergo training for nine months before they can work on the streets on their own, Murray and Jackson said.
They said it's not yet known how many new officers will be hired, but they said Denver Mayor Michael Hancock and city council members have discussed hiring as many as 100 new officers.
Murray stressed that the hiring push wouldn't necessarily automatically increase the police force as the department also must contend with the loss of other officers each year due to retirements.
The recent controversies in police 911 have captured the interest of some key city leaders.
Denver Councilwoman Robin Kniech, a member of the council's Health, Safety, Education & Services Committee, the council committee in charge of overseeing police operations, said she would like to have police department officials give a report on 911 operations to that committee.
"I have lots of questions," Kniech said.