Probable cause to question CSP culture

Now that Mesa County District Attorney Pete Hautzinger has declined to prosecute another former Colorado State Patrol trooper — this one for possibly falsifying DUI arrest records…




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The troops in and around this area are small enough where the culture we have observed could or should not have escaped the notice of the command structure. Trust and credibility is automatically bestowed upon our Law Enforcement community and is theirs to keep or lose.  Once lost, as in the case of the Colorado State Patrol, drastic action steps need to be taken if any respect for these troopers and their supervisors is to be restored.  The command structure for Troop 4A that has allowed this “John Wayne” culture to flourish should be reassigned to other areas where perhaps they can learn modern techniques of police supervision and they themselves be more closely monitored.  As for the culture left behind with the existing officers, ideally they should be distributed across the state where perhaps a better trained troop would keep them updated on constitutional law and the rights of private citizens.

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