On Wednesday, February 22, 2017 the Denver Sheriffs FOP Lodge 27 is joining with groups representing the Denver Community in speaking out over serious concerns involving the Denver Jail and safety issues.
Serious issues concerning staffing, overcrowding, inmate safety and officer safety are issues of concern to both the citizens of Denver and the proud men and women who work in the Denver Sheriffs Department. We have joined in one collective voice to bring public attention to this serious public safety matter.
Staffing and jail overcrowding have created an unsafe environment for both inmates and staff. For example, this week the downtown jail has been housing over 1500 inmates every day in excess of the jails maximum capacity. In reality the jail is overcrowded any time it reaches 90% capacity due to the normal day to day considerations regarding inmate security classifications, necessary separations for court case integrity, high risk inmates, disciplinary problem inmates, special management inmates, and inmates requiring protective custody.
Significant increases in Incidents involving violence and physical altercations between inmates or involving Deputies have been occurring constantly and increasing in frequency every day. This creates an environment where it is practically impossible to maintain safe and secure operations.
There is an extreme failure in leadership in the Department of Safety and no evidence of any real plan to deal with the jail overcrowding and serious safety problems. We in the FOP are seriously worried that someone is going to be hurt or killed. The Deputies have lost all confidence in the administration.
There seems to be no one who is accountable to assure the proper and safe operation of the jail. The Sheriff has no real ability to establish policy and is just a figure head to carry out the incompetent policies of Stephanie O’Malley and the Hancock administration. These people have no experience, training, or expertise in law enforcement or public safety. They hire consultants and promote Deputies that will only co-sign their incompetence.
Deputies are confused and uncertain on how to do their jobs because they feel like they are not supported by the Sheriff or Stephanie O’Malley. Denver Deputy Sheriffs want to be able to provide the protective services they are trained and sworn to provide, but don’t feel like they have proper direction to do so. They are frustrated and disheartened because they think they are allowed to protect people in the jail or themselves, but the current environment inhibits that. The time is long overdue for the officials responsible for this situation wake up to reality, and take the necessary steps to properly address this matter.
Please join us and the community in attending this rally for safety:
When: Wednesday, February 22nd 2017 1:30pm
Where: Main Entrance Downtown Jail, Denver Sheriff Department (DSD)
Van Cise-Simonet Detention Center, 490 W. Colfax Avenue Denver, CO 80204