Task forces convened to review the policies of the troubled Denver Sheriff Department have issued 40 recommendations, reports the Denver Post. Suggestions designed to reduce the number of excessive force complaints include automatic notifications to the independent monitor, a review of the Taser policy, and training deputies on how to intervene in a crisis. The groups also recommend shorter work shifts and a revised break policy.
The draft recommendations will be refined before a final report is submitted to Public Safety Department executive director Stephanie O’Malley and a third-party oversight firm by the end of September. The process has also produced controversy. The Colorado Latino Forum last week dismissed the task forces as “political window dressing” and voted to withdraw from the process. Denise Maes of the American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado complained the group “didn’t even know if any of our input was even taken.”