White: Police-Community Relations Biggest Challenge in Denver


Louisville Police Chief Robert White, who is leaving next month to become chief in Denver, said there are many good internal candidates the mayor could choose to replace him, reports the Louisville Courier-Journal. White said improving police-community relations and transparency in the department are his greatest achievements since taking over in 2003, when Mayor Jerry Abramson appointed him the first leader of a department that merged the old Louisville and Jefferson County police.

White said improving the relationship with the police and community in Denver, which has paid out millions in lawsuits over excessive use of force, will be his greatest challenge in that city. White said he did not pursue the Denver position, but Denver officials approached him “rather aggressively.” Denver has about 1,400 officers and a proposed budget next year of about $188 million. Louisville Metro Police has a budget of $143.8 million and 1,200 sworn officers.

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