It is no secret that the Denver Sheriff Department has had an abundance of negative news stories in the past few years, especially under the current administration. Often these media stories ignore relevant and factual information about the true character as well as the high quality of the rank and file Deputy and other staff who routinely serve in a tough situation. Instead there is a deliberate effort by some to publicly demonize, denigrate, and
otherwise humiliate the people who have stepped up to work in some of the most difficult circumstances in the law enforcement profession.
The most surprising aspect of this assassination of the Denver Deputy’s character is, who is the most responsible for perpetrating the false narrative. Upon close examination it is clear that the administration has been the creator of the negative image portrayal. You may ask how? Or why would they do that? The answer is simply to achieve the goal of their political agenda as well as the personal ambitions of those who can benefit by manufacturing a “problem” in order to claim credit for fixing it. By declaring a problem and then engaging in some kind of reform effort (maybe by bringing in a group of high priced consultants) the politicians then can claim credit for their “decisive leadership”. Wait a minute…does that sound familiar?
However in the creation of a fabricated “problem” it isn’t enough to just say that there is a problem because most people are skeptical of politicians. There will need to be documentation and statistics to fool the skeptics on how the “problem” is manifested. A sure way to do this is by building (or enhancing) the mechanism that will develop the documentation and statistics. To use an adage from a movie …”if you build it, they will come”. Thus the result is the huge Internal Affairs system for the DSD created by the administration and the Department of Safety.
The size of the DSD Internal Affairs unit is unparalleled among Sheriff Departments in Colorado. It contains more than a dozen uniformed and civilian investigators as well as augments from other units, but routinely takes close to a year or more to complete investigations. The agency that is closest in size to DSD, Jefferson County with about 700 Deputies, has 3 investigators assigned to Internal Affairs and generally completes investigations in about 60 days. Adams County has 2 investigators and completes cases in about 30 days. No other Sheriff Department in Colorado has even close to half the amount of investigators or takes even half as long as DSD to complete an investigation. These Sheriffs seem to prefer efficiency over propaganda.
The administration wants the public to think the size of the unit illustrates the size of the “problem”. They knew it would generate the documentation and statistics (…if you build, it they will come…) to fool people of the magnitude of the “problem”. Also when you create a unit with the specific purpose to look for misconduct they will certainly find it so they can justify their position, whether or not it really exists. A unit of this type and size needs to justify its own existence if it expects to continue to exist. The administration know this and wants to use this method to claim political accolades for fixing a “problem” with a political agenda to unfairly villainize Deputies. Maybe the elected Sheriffs in the other counties have a different agenda?