By Mark Ackerman
DENVER (CBS4)– Denver’s Independent Monitor has identified 55 potential violations of Denver’s body worn camera policy in the first half of 2017 among Denver police officers.
The main issue – police officers failing to activate their body cameras when required.
In its semi-annual report, the Office of the Independent Monitor writes “given the high number of potential violations” the OIM recommends a continuation of training in body worn camera activation.
According to the report, general citizen complaints in the first half of 2017 against police officers were up 22 percent over the first half of last year.
The Denver Police Department launched a body camera pilot-program in 2014. The department rolled out body cameras to the rest of its officers this year. All sworn officers were required to watch a training video on body camera activation.
The independent monitor said it would gauge the effectiveness of new training and make further recommendations if the “high rate of potential violations continues.”
According to a CBS4 Investigation, 54 out of 109 police departments in Colorado have equipped officers with body cameras. Twenty-two of the 63 sheriff offices across Colorado have body cameras. Yet, very few of the 76 Colorado law enforcement agencies with body cameras had ever disciplined officers for failure to activate body cameras.
DPD did not immediately return our calls for comment.