|Denver Community Invited to Weigh In on Denver Sheriff Reform
DENVER — Mayor Michael B. Hancock and the Denver Sheriff Department Reform Steering Committee today invited the community to participate in efforts to reform the department, outlining a number of opportunities for Denver residents and community organizations to make their voices heard.
“I am committed to making the changes necessary to improve the Denver Sheriff Department. To get this right, we want to ensure we are listening to internal and external stakeholders, community members and independent voices,” Mayor Michael B. Hancock said. “I invite anyone who wants to bring an idea to the table to work with us to ensure we set a new standard of accountability, strengthen protocols for impropriety and help chart a new direction for the Sheriff Department.”
Four community dialogs will be held in September at which community members will be asked to provide their input on reform efforts at the Denver Sheriff Department regarding the following areas:
- Policies & Procedures
- Staff Wellbeing
- Desirable characteristics for a new sheriff
An update about the reform process, the scope and breadth of the efforts and next steps, will also be provided at the forums. The schedule is as follows:
- Saturday, Sept. 6, Manual High School, 1700 E. 28th Ave., 8:30-9:30 a.m.
- Saturday, Sept. 13, Highland Senior Center, 2880 Osceola St., 9:30-10:30 a.m.
- Saturday, Sept. 20, Eisenhower Recreation Center, 4300 E. Dartmouth Ave., 10:00-11:00 a.m.
- Tuesday, Sept. 23, Eagleton Elementary School, 880 Hooker St., 6:00-7:00 p.m.
The input received from the community will be compiled into a report that will be presented to the independent assessment firm this fall, along with several other reports from law enforcement experts and engaged community members.
For those who are unable to attend the community dialogues, input will also be welcomed via email and online. That input will be included in the community report to the independent assessment firm.
The Mayor also invited community organizations to submit recommended changes in written form to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A website to collect the input and keep the community informed on the reform process was launched today as well. For up-to-date information, please go to www.denvergov.org/dsdreform.