Police internal affairs process passes outside review


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Go to gjsentinel.com to read the full internal affairs review completed by officers with the Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police.

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.

Aside from changes in workflow and assigned duties, most of the proposed changes involve new written policies, 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,” which is a management model used 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, Cmdr. Daniel Kelly of the Thornton Police Department and Deputy Chief Mike Clement of the Broomfield Police Department, reviewed the Grand Junction department’s practices after two 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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