Fort Collins took action on bad cop
Montana authorities had provided incomplete, if not deceptive, information. We interviewed Butte victims who hadn’t previously come forward due to concerns they wouldn’t be taken seriously. Branson was convicted on FCPS charges, earning a lengthy prison sentence.
We acted quickly and decisively in Branson’s case. To prevent future problems, we nowconduct psychological examinations sooner to eliminate unfit candidates earlier in the process, aswell as scrutinize outside investigations. Ifwe’re denied information or question an investigation’s validity, we eliminate that candidate.
Colorado’s legislature may consider bills preventing “bad apple” officers from agency-hopping to hide indiscretions. This legislation may mandate full disclosure of disciplinary issues and limit separation agreements that currently impede disclosure. I wholeheartedly support such legislation.
Branson gave our agency a black eye, and I regret that he ever wore our badge. I am equally proud of Fort Collins Police Services for holding him criminally accountable. Through swift and certain actions, we demonstrated that we will not tolerate anyone who betrays their oath of office. John Hutto is Fort Collins’ chief of police.
Jarett Branson, a former Butte, Mont., police officer who was hired by Fort Collins police in 2014, was sentenced last year to four years in prison for felony stalking and misdemeanor counts of official misconduct and unlawful sexual contact.