Denver sheriff’s department failed to disclose deputies with credibility issues

Denverite: The Denver Sheriff’s Department has not disclosed which of its deputies have violations for dishonesty, Denver officials announced Tuesday.

The administrative flub has been ongoing for about a decade, which is when federal rules changed to require law enforcement agencies to keep lists of officials who may not make credible witnesses in a criminal trial due to past instances of lying. The Denver Police Department has kept such a list since 2008.

The error was discovered in September by the city’s Public Integrity Division, a civilian department created last year to investigate complaints and potential rule violations within the Sheriff’s Department. To fix the problem, the Department of Public Safety and the citizen division will review past internal affairs cases to determine which deputies to list. Officials plan to release this list to the public in the first quarter of 2020.

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