Denver Police Chief Robert White said local residents could notice some changes at the department, starting with the front desk, the Denver Post reports. “I'd like to see a civilian at the desk,” he said. “Right now, we have officers there.” It is part of White's plan to add as many as 30 to 40 civilians to staff information desks, the crime scene investigation unit, and positions such as court liaison, inventory control, and photo radar.
Civilians also could handle reports for incidents such as minor car crashes. White presented the reorganization plan, which he said could eventually result in 15 to 20 percent savings, to a City Council committee last week. The goal is to free up as many as 70 additional officers to patrol the city. White said the plan will create more opportunities for residents to work with police. “They're going to see more police officers,” he said. “We're going to be more responsive.”