Denver auditor to scrutinize police department, COVID-19 spending and more in 2021

Colorado Politics: The Denver Auditor’s Office, a watchdog for taxpayers, revealed its 2021 Audit Plan on Wednesday that zeroes in on helping the city recover from the coronavirus pandemic and address systemic racism. 

Racial justice and COVID-19 relief are the “two most important issues in Denver in the year ahead,” the Auditor’s Office said, and for that reason will be made “key topics” in numerous audits. 

Of note is a planned audit of Denver Police Department operations, which could include a review of officers’ compliance with department requirements and scrutiny of the Support Team Assisted Response Program, which diverts some low-level 911 calls to mental health specialists instead of police.

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