Deputies cited for bad conduct
29 disciplinary orders issued to Denver sheriff ’s deputies in 2015.
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.