May 21, 2015
DENVER – Mayor Michael B. Hancock, Executive Director of Public Safety Stephanie O’Malley and Sheriff Elias Diggins today joined members of the independent assessment team to release its comprehensive report for reform of the Denver Sheriff Department, and to launch the search for Denver’s next Sheriff.
The Mayor outlined the immediate steps and long-term priorities that the administration will tackle.
View the assessment report.
“This independent report provides a thorough reform roadmap for the Sheriff Department,” Mayor Hancock said. “From the depth of this report you can see that we are setting a high bar here, but one that I believe this administration, the men and women who serve every day in the department, and the Denver community are committed to delivering on. We have made initial, necessary changes to create a better Sheriff Department, now we turn to developing a long-term implementation plan and finding a strong leader who will take helm.”
“I want to thank the community, the reform executive steering committee and the assessment team for their unwavering engagement in the evaluation of the Sheriff Department,” Hancock said.
Over the past several months, the assessment team and its experts have dug deep into every aspect of the operation and organizational structures of the Denver Sheriff Department. That work resulted in more than 270 recommendations that span across considerations of leadership, supervision, strategic planning, organization and administration, jail management and operations, staffing and performance optimization, training, human resources, technology, emergency preparedness, use of force and internal affairs.
“The Sheriff Department clearly has challenges and opportunities ahead to become a more efficient and effective department,” said Executive Director Stephanie O’Malley. “By making needed adjustments to leadership and accountability, taking the time to revise its strategic plan, mission, and vision, executing professional correction services, and implementing reforms and recommendations outlined, the department will be transformed.”
An internal Implementation Team, led by Executive Director O’Malley, will immediately begin to develop an action plan that prioritizes the multitude of recommendations from the independent report, the Phase 1 reform effort and the 2015 Jail Operations Audit conducted by the City Auditor.
The team is comprised of individuals who will be tasked with implementing the recommendations. Members of the team are:
The Implementation Team will give immediate priority to recommendations focused on:
“Our department takes the assessment findings and recommendations very seriously, and we stand ready to further participate in the reform implementation process,” said Sheriff Elias Diggins.
The Sheriff Department has already implemented several changes that are in the independent report, including:
About the Assessment Team OIR Group has 13 years of experience in conducting analyses and reviews of law enforcement organizational structures; Internal Affairs Bureaus; entities responsible for making disciplinary recommendations; corrections and use of force procedures and processes; and supervision and training. OIR Group is a confederation of professionals who have provided extensive independent review and consultation to law enforcement agencies and governmental agencies at the state, county and municipal level as well as to federal courts.
These improvements are in addition to the following recommendations implemented during Phase 1 of the reform effort:
Formed in 2004, Hillard Heintze specializes in ethics, integrity and oversight services for federal, state and local law enforcement agencies including police departments and Internal Affairs Bureaus. Headquartered in Chicago with operations in Washington, D.C., Miami, San Jose, Calif., and Virginia Beach, Va., Hillard Heintze is composed of former sheriffs, police chiefs, command staff, investigators, special agents and detectives who focus on achieving strategic and transformational levels of excellence in law enforcement, security and investigations.
About the Assessment Team
OIR Group has 13 years of experience in conducting analyses and reviews of law enforcement organizational structures; Internal Affairs Bureaus; entities responsible for making disciplinary recommendations; corrections and use of force procedures and processes; and supervision and training. OIR Group is a confederation of professionals who have provided extensive independent review and consultation to law enforcement agencies and governmental agencies at the state, county and municipal level as well as to federal courts.