Category Archives: From the Chief

Selfless

  It was a rough week in Denver. On Tuesday, officers were called to 29th and Downing Streets on a party threatening people with a knife.  When officers arrived, they used Crisis Intervention Communication Techniques to attempt to prevent the … Continue reading

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Change – Part 1 – Executive Staff

Part I – Executive Command When I came to Denver, there were seven levels of management (five at the executive level alone).  Although this structure allowed for numerous promotional opportunities and career advancement, it also created red-tape and reduced accountability.  … Continue reading

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CHANGE

On a spring Monday afternoon in 1964, US Attorney General Robert F Kennedy told the United States Conference of Mayors, “Progress is a nice word we like to use.  But change is its motivator.  And change has its enemies.” “Bobby” Kennedy … Continue reading

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Employee Wellness

Wellness Every morning I get up early and head to the gym.  People ask me why I do it?  I usually joke about the fact that some people eat to live, but I live to eat (so exercising means I … Continue reading

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HEADS UP, Denver!

Multi-modal Transportation Bicyclists who ignore stop signs and stop lights are a problem in Denver.  So are cars that block bike lanes or turn in front of cyclists without yielding.  The number of pedestrians who blatantly ignore traffic signals in … Continue reading

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Moving the Lines

How Patrol is Organized Most police departments break areas of responsibility down to small geographic areas.  This is done to manage work load, increase accountability and allocate resources (personnel, cars, etc) most efficiently. In Denver, the smallest geographic area (at … Continue reading

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Police Response Times

  Police Response Times Calls for police service are often like a hospital’s Emergency Room.  We have a highly trained professional group of men and women at Denver’s Combined Communications Center who answer calls for assistance, gather information, and then … Continue reading

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Crime Reaction vs Crime Prevention

I have been a police officer for over forty years.  I have been an executive in five separate agencies (Washington DC Metropolitan Police, Washington DC Housing Police; Greensboro, NC; Louisville, KY; and Denver, CO).  As a result, I have a … Continue reading

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The Police Family

Last year, on June 24, at 8:07 PM, Officer Celena Hollis was working at the city’s Jazz in the Park event.  Most of you know the story.  Celena, and several other officers, answered a call about a disturbance in the … Continue reading

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Hello Denver! I have been the Chief of the Denver Police Department for the past year and a half.  That time has been marked by rapid change designed to create a police department focused on crime prevention and community policing. … Continue reading

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