Internal affairs process in line with state standards, report says

An outside review of the Grand Junction Police Department’s internal affairs process found no “critical areas of concern” and suggests minor tweaks to how the agency investigates its own.

Most of the proposed changes involve new written policies, aside from changes in workflow and assigned duties, according to the report distributed Monday by the department.

“I’m pretty sure we’ll implement all of them,” Interim Chief John Camper said.

The five-page report suggests that the department, among other measures, consider annual ethics training for officers in dealings with citizens, in addition to launching an “education-based discipline program,” a management model spearheaded by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. According to the report, the program suggests customized education for specific officers as an alternative to traditional discipline.

“It’s a new program, and I think we’ll want to study it a bit before heading into it,” Camper said.

Two officers, Commander Daniel Kelly of the Thornton Police Department and Deputy Chief Mike Clement with the Broomfield Police Department, reviewed the local department’s practices after a pair of Grand Junction officers were arrested and subsequently fired or resigned after criminal allegations surfaced last fall.

Camper requested an outside review in October be completed by the Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police.

Camper has since applied for the department’s permanent chief position.


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