Denver auditor, police disagree on anti-bias implementation

Auditor Timothy O'Brien says the Denver Police Department has not been documenting demographic data, making it difficult to track officers' progress in stopping people without bias

DENVER | Denver police and the city’s auditor disagree on whether the department has been implementing the auditor’s recommendations to avoid racial bias by patrol officers.

The Denver Post reported (http://dpo.st/2yMvpN4 ) Thursday that Auditor Timothy O’Brien says the Denver Police Department has not been documenting demographic data, making it difficult to track officers’ progress in stopping people without bias.

O’Brien says police agreed to his recommendations, but have not been following them.

But Deputy Chief Matt Murray says he doesn’t know O’Brien is talking about. He says the department is “absolutely in compliance” with what was agreed upon in the audit.

Murray said the department has gone the extra mile to create a data-collection system that meets national standards.