Transparency a must for Denver’s new safety director

Transparency a must for Denver’s new safety director

Troy Riggs, Denver’s new director of public security, is getting into a tricky place, made even dicier by the pending investigation headed his method into the conduct of each the chief and deputy chief of police.

We want Riggs luck in navigating these difficult waters the primary few months on the job. Particularly given his historical past of working beneath Police Chief Robert White in different jurisdictions and the potential for the pending end result to look, properly, just a little rigged. Transparency concerning the proof and suggestions that come to his desk will likely be of the utmost significance.

Your complete investigation up to now has been a boondoggle. In query is how White and his second in command, Matt Murray, handled a letter from the Denver district legal professional crucial of how Murray dealt with a case. Critics say that the letter ought to have prompted inside affairs to look into Murray’s dealing with of the case, and that later Murray and White had been misleading when the division was requested to launch it beneath a public information request.

Greater than two months have handed since investigators concluded their work on the case — an outdoor inquiry that was launched in March 2017 — and nonetheless the general public has heard nothing.

Riggs’ predecessor as the pinnacle of Denver’s police, sheriff’s and fireplace departments, Stephanie O’Malley, made the good move nearly a yr in the past “to provoke an outdoor, third-party investigation into this matter to make sure transparency and accountability.” Moreover, she despatched the investigation to the Denver Sheriff Division conduct overview workplace for extra analysis — the place the investigation is at the moment stalled.

O’Malley, after 4 years as security director, has stepped apart to take a newly created place with Mayor Michael Hancock’s administration. She introduced stability to an workplace that had struggled with an unacceptable quantity of turnover — seven administrators in 4 years. O’Malley held the workplace throughout turbulent occasions, overseeing reform of the Denver jail following a spate of lethal use-of-force instances and the drafting of a brand new use-of-force coverage for the police division.

We hope Riggs — introduced in as deputy director of the protection division final fall — will proceed the progress O’Malley has made. Riggs seems well-qualified for the job, having served as the general public security director in Indianapolis for 3 years earlier than briefly taking on as town’s chief of police.

Riggs spent most of his profession in Louisville, studies The Denver Put up’s Noelle Phillips, the place he served as White’s deputy chief. Now, sarcastically, he will likely be White’s boss and on the verge of contemplating an investigation into his former mentor after which making any disciplinary selections for Murray and probably a disciplinary advice for White. However finally Hancock would be the last determination maker for any disciplinary motion in opposition to White.

“I’ve been a police chief since age 43. Whenever you transfer by the ranks as quick I did, as blessed as I did, you find yourself supervising lots of people that used to be just right for you,” Riggs instructed Phillips. “And if there’s any doubt I’ll do the best factor, I feel it’s essential to return and have a look at my integrity somewhere else and the way I’ve handled totally different points.”

We echo the emotions of Nick Rogers, president of the Denver police union, that till Riggs proves in any other case, we belief he can navigate these tough waters with integrity.

The take a look at will come shortly when the general public is ready to maintain up his advice to the findings of the third-party investigators.