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Mayor Hancock Announces Selection of Independent Review Team

DENVER – Mayor Michael B. Hancock, joined by the Sheriff Department Reform Executive Steering Committee, today announced the selection of an independent review team to evaluate the Denver Sheriff Department and lead a national search for a new Denver Sheriff. The team that was selected, after an extensive review of eight proposals, is Hillard Heintze of Chicago and OIR Group of Los Angeles.

“We are bringing in nationally recognized experts who will review the department, its organization and policies and compare them with best practices seen around the country,” Mayor Hancock said. “With all options on the table, these experts will make recommendations and help us implement them, and ultimately help the DSD become a better department.”

The two firms were approved unanimously by the Executive Steering Committee. They will work closely to conduct a comprehensive, independent review of the Denver Sheriff Department.

The team’s deep dive will include all Denver Sheriff operations and procedures, its Internal Affairs Bureau and its leadership structure. The results of the review will be presented to the Mayor and the Executive Steering Committee for consideration. At this time, the review team is planning to launch the search for a new Sheriff once the organizational assessment is complete.

“These firms, with their national experience, are in the business of bringing reform and positive change to troubled agencies,” said James Davis, former FBI Special Agent in Charge and adviser to the DSD Reform Executive Steering Committee. “The team will work closely with city leadership and the community to get the Sheriff Department on the right path.”

“We are pleased to have been selected by the City and County of Denver for this very important undertaking,” said Arnette Heintze, CEO of Hillard Heintze. “On behalf of our entire team, I can tell you that we are looking forward to working with the Denver community to identify the critical issues as well as with the department to bring about needed reform in line with the community’s expectation and national best practices in corrections and public safety.”

“We are pleased to have been selected as one of the review teams to provide an independent set of eyes into jail functions with the shared goal of improving how the Denver Sheriff Department performs its vital public safety functions," said Michael Gennaco, principal of OIR Group.

Hillard Heintze and OIR Group will begin their work with the city on Oct. 29. That evening, the community will have the opportunity to meet representatives from each firm at a public forum at East High School from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

About the team
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.

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.