Denver Police Chief Gerald Whitman is proposing new rules for drunken-driving stops by his officers, requiring them to call a supervisor anytime they pull over a fellow cop, other criminal justice employee, or any public official, the Denver Post reports. Whitman made the move after Independent Monitor Richard Rosenthal suggested Denver police don’t arrest their fellow officers for drunken driving.
Mayor Michael Hancock is in the process of picking a new chief, and a new manager of safety, Justice Alex Martinez, is expected to take office next month. Police spokesman Matt Murray said Whitman drew up the draft directive so a new chief and manager could weigh in on the idea. “Why should we be the only ones accountable for this standard?” Murray asked, questioning whether Rosen thal had facts to back up his assertion that Denver police had protected their own from DUI arrests. “We are not tolerant of DUI; we are pretty committed in that area. No public officials, in fact nobody, should be driving drunk. We believe there is a standard and everybody should meet it.” Since 2005, Denver police have arrested five fellow officers who were found to be drunk after a collision. For about every three of the city’s residents arrested for DUI, there is one resident arrested for a collision in which they were found to be intoxicated.