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Posted on: March 14, 2016

Tip Line Available for residents, public to report inappropriate police behavior

Reinhart

The Colorado Bureau of Investigations Tip Line at 303-239-4611 has been established to provide residents and the public a way to report inappropriate contact with former Officer John Reinhart or any other officer within the department.

“The Commerce City Police Department places the highest value on protecting the public and upholding the trust of the people we serve. We hold our officers to the highest standard and expect nothing but unquestionable integrity. There is no exception. It is for that reason that I am disappointed to learn a former employee is accused of violating the law,” stated Chief of Police Troy Smith. “The Commerce City Police Department and its employees are committed to providing exceptional services and working in partnership with our community. We take very seriously our responsibility to investigate any complaint of wrong doing and take decisive action when appropriate.”

A female reported an incident that occurred during an arrest in September 2015 that led to an investigation and filing of charges. Reinhart is charged with three misdemeanor counts of unlawful sexual contact concerning three different victims.

“I want to recognize the victim and her courage in coming forward to report this information, which allowed us to take swift action. In parallel with the criminal investigation, the police department’s professional standards unit initiated an audit into cases the officer was involved in, sharing information with CBI that found additional victims,” added Smith.

The city placed the officer on administrative leave February 17. Reinhart resigned from the police department March 11.

Anyone who has information is asked to call the Colorado Bureau of Investigations Tip Line at 303-239-4611.

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