Denver Police, Union Post Warring Videos on Response Time Problem


The Denver Post calls it “a YouTube war of words between Denver police officers and their bosses that is heavy on policy and light on production values.” The police department’s public-affairs unit and the union representing officers each posted a series of videos that they say offer the true, unfiltered story about the reasons for recent delays in response times. Both sides agree response times have slowed as department ranks shrink, but there has been sharp disagreement about whether Chief Robert White’s sweeping reorganization has worsened the problem. The police union says the administration’s three-part series on response times, which advertises an “exclusive” look at the city’s 911 center, ignores the real reasons behind officers’ slowed response times to certain calls. Union leaders posted a pair of YouTube videos to their website this week. In 2 minutes, 50 seconds of silently scrolling text, the union says White’s new “team concept,” which has officers working in groups with their supervisors, is to blame for a shortage of police on the street, dangerously delayed response times and rising overtime costs.

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