COMMERCE CITY, COLO. (Aug. 17, 2016) – Commerce City officials joined the Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) today to announce the launch of an independent and comprehensive review of the Commerce City Police Department.
Commerce City requested for assistance as part of the police department’s overall reform efforts to earn and uphold the public’s trust. The voluntary program is an opportunity for the COPS Office to make an objective assessment of policing in Commerce City and address issues through a long-term, holistic strategy. It is a multi-year process that will look at internal operations, policies, procedures, community engagement and partnerships, and more.
“Through the Department of Justice’s technical assistance program we will build on the work we’ve done and identify new and innovative ways to improve our department and the quality of service we provide,” said Interim Police Chief Lowell Richardson.
Two notable reform efforts implemented this year include body worn cameras for every officer in the field and citizen advisory board for public safety. These are recommendations outlined in the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing.
“Every single resident deserves trust, respect and safety from their police department,” said Mayor Pro Tem Rene Bullock. “I believe the assessment will improve that trust between our officers and the community.”
City council approved the request for the Department of Justice’s assistance in January. The first community listening session by the COPS Office is scheduled for September 14, from 6 – 8 p.m. at Adams City High School. More details regarding the listening session will be forthcoming from the COPS Office.
Read the DOJ’s press release for more information.