The top-to-bottom review of the Denver Sheriff Department will require a great deal of work to deliver thoughtful recommendations for reform. To ensure this is a comprehensive process, input is being gathered from a wide range of law enforcement experts and engaged community members. The following are the final reports that will be taken into consideration as a plan is created to reform the department.
The top-to-bottom review of the Denver Sheriff Department ordered by Mayor Michael B. Hancock has been completed. A copy of the assessment report prepared by consultants Hillard Heintze and the OIR group can be found here -
Upon completion of the report, an internal Implementation Team, led by Executive Director of Public Safety Stephanie Y. O’Malley, immediately began to work to develop an action plan that prioritizes the multitude of recommendations received from the Independent Monitor, the 2015 Jail Operations Audit conducted by the City Auditor, the Phase 1 reform effort, and the assessment report. In all, over 400 recommendations are under consideration.
The Implementation Team has convened six Action Teams comprised of community members, city employees and public safety stakeholders to evaluate the recommendations and to prioritize appropriate implementation. Priority will be given to those recommendations focused on: Leadership and performance accountability; Professional correction services; Accountability for violations of department policies, procedures, department and post orders; Staffing related to reducing overtime and properly deploying existing sworn personnel; and Safety for deputies and inmates.
The team is comprised of individuals who will be tasked with implementing the recommendations. Members of the team are:
Implementation Team Meeting Minutes: June 1, 2015 | June 9, 2015 | June 17, 2015 | June 22, 2015 | June 29, 2015 | July 6, 2015 | July 13, 2015 | July 20, 2015 | July 27, 2015 | August 3, 2015 | August 10, 2015 | August 17, 2015 | August 28, 2015 | August 31, 2015 | September 8, 2015 | September 14, 2015
Use of Force and Internal Affairs
Staffing and Performance Optimization
Leadership, Supervision and Strategic Planning
The Denver Peak Performance team will provide a comprehensive workload buildup and organizational assessment report on how every position and function operates within the Denver Sheriff Department.
The Denver Sheriff Department Reform Steering Committee will provide a summary report of the feedback received during the four community dialogues held throughout September as well as the email input submitted online.
The Mayor welcomes Denver community organizations to submit recommended changes to policies, procedures, discipline, training and staff well-being at the Denver Sheriff Department as well as desirable qualities for a new sheriff. Please submit them in written form to email@example.com.
Mayor Michael Hancock has ordered a top-to-bottom review of the Denver Sheriff Department. Through this review, the city will create plan that will set a new standard of accountability, strengthen protocols for impropriety and help chart a new direction for the Sheriff Department. The Mayor will also appoint a new Sheriff.
To ensure we make this department something Denver can be proud of, Mayor Hancock wants to hear from you.
Weigh in. What changes in policies, procedures, discipline, training and staff well-being at the Department would you recommend?
Weigh in. What characteristics would you like to see in the next Sheriff of Denver?