The embattled Denver Sheriff Department has 114 open internal affairs investigations, with nearly a third of those involving allegations of excessive force by deputies, reports the Denver Post. Denver Sheriff Gary Wilson said he is addressing the issue of deputy misconduct by introducing new training and other resources to help deputies deal with stress. The plan includes mentoring for recruits, a new chaplaincy program and an evaluation of shift and work hours.
He cited stress on the deputies, a problem with Denver police officers, as well. Police Chief Robert White has ordered a review of the department’s handling of alcohol abuse within the ranks. The chief said he was concerned after a rash of officer arrests, most of which were alcohol-related. Of the 114 sheriff’s cases under investigation, 70 have been filed this year. Thirty-five cases involve allegations of excessive force by members of the 750-officer department. The department has been under scrutiny for its handling of internal affairs investigations.