Deputies cited for bad con­duct

29 dis­ci­plinary or­ders is­sued to Den­ver sher­iff ’s deputies in 2015.

The Denver Post - - NEWS - By John Aguilar

Fail­ing to make the re­quired num­ber of jail­house rounds, not track­ing in­mates closely enough dur­ing trans­port and writ­ing in­com­plete re­ports are cited as pun­ish­able of­fenses in a re­cent re­lease of dis­plinary let­ters is­sued to Den­ver sher­iff ’s deputies.

The Den­ver Depart­ment of Safety gave at least six deputies un­paid sus­pen­sions rang­ing from two to 10 days for the vi­o­la­tions, ac­cord­ing to let­ters ob­tained by The Den­ver Post this week.

That makes 29 dis­ci­plinary or­ders handed out to Den­ver Sher­iff Depart­ment em­ploy­ees in 2015, ac­cord­ing to Dae­lene Mix, a safety depart­ment spokes­woman.

In late Novem­ber, two deputies were knocked for not prop­erly re­port­ing a Septem­ber 2014 in­ci­dent in which an in­mate at the down­town jail was given a cig­a­rette in vi­o­la­tion of depart­ment pol­icy.

Deputies Wil­liam Mitko and Michael Nester were cited for fail­ing to “sub­mit an ac­cu­rate and com­plete ... re­port” and were sus­pended with­out pay for two days.

The pun­ish­ment comes more than half a year af­ter the deputies’ bosses were also dis­ci­plined for giv­ing the men­tally ill in­mate a cig­a­rette as an in­duce­ment to peace­fully exit his cell.

In a Septem­ber 2013 in­ci­dent, two deputies were sus­pended for 10 days with­out pay for shirk­ing their down­town jail du­ties. An in­mate was found dead in his cell af­ter Deputies An­gela Barra and Ro­drick Kemp had been on the job.

Barra, who had re­ceived a ver­bal rep­ri­mand in 2008 for knit­ting while on duty, was cited for con­duct­ing only 14 of her re­quired 24 rounds dur­ing her 12-hour shift.

Kemp, who took over for Barra, was cited for con­duct­ing just seven of his re­quired 12 rounds.

Mix said while the deputies’ ac­tions de­served pun­ish­ment, they did not cause the in­mate’s death.

Two deputies, An­thony Quinn and Gra­ham Dunn, each re­ceived a 10-day sus­pen­sion with­out pay af­ter a ju­ve­nile in­mate es­caped while be­ing brought to the Gil­liam Youth Cen­ter in Au­gust 2014.

The deputies were cited for not re­port­ing their ar­rival to dis­patch­ers and for not count­ing how many in­mates they had in their ve­hi­cle. They were also cited for not stor­ing their firearms prop­erly upon ar­rival at Gil­liam. The es­caped in­mate was later caught.

As part of a larger re­form push at the be­lea­guered agency, Mix said an ef­fort is be­ing made to keep the “con­scious­ness of the deputies el­e­vated” when it comes to use of force and treat­ment of in­mates.

The 2016 city bud­get has al­lo­cated $2.5 mil­lion for train­ing, Mix said, with an em­pha­sis on train­ing in cri­sis in­ter­ven­tion, less lethal devices and the im­ple­men­ta­tion of new use-of-force stan­dards.

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