In Budget Crunch, CO Police Agencies Re-Hire Retired Officers


Alex Jameson of Lakewood, Co., is one of a growing number of retired homicide detectives and law enforcement officers from around Colorado who have returned to their old offices – or new ones – to volunteer or work part or full time to try to solve decades-old cases around the state, says the Denver Post. In some instances, detectives had specific cases in mind that haunted them and compelled them to come back. In others, detectives just missed the hunt and hated sitting around. Strapped budgets and cutbacks in police agencies have helped make part-time officers an attractive option.

Former Fort Collins homicide Detective Linda Wheeler-Holloway worked part time to build a case against suspected serial killer Mike McCormick. He killed himself before he could be brought in. Kit Carson County District Attorney Bob Watson said he couldn’t afford to hire someone with Wheeler-Holloway’s experience on a full-time basis. As Watson’s investigator, she organized thousands of pages of investigative records and orchestrated another search for the remains of as many as 14 men believed to be buried on a former ranch. No new skeletons were found, but Wheeler-Holloway returned the remains of one of three men whose skeletons were discovered 20 years earlier on the ranch but never returned to his family. They had never known what had become of their missing loved one. In Lakewood, police spokesman Steve Davis said hiring Jameson made a lot of sense because the department didn’t have the manpower to devote multiple officers to cold cases. Jameson is ideal because he worked many of the cases himself 20 years ago and is familiar with them, he said.

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