Aurora police

Nick Metz discusses his role as Aurora's new police chief after serving more than three decades with Seattle police, March 11 at the Aurora Police Department. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)

“I feel incredibly confident that the team I have assembled will do what’s right for the women and men of the Aurora Police Department, and just as important, for the people of Aurora,” Metz said in a statement announcing the moves.

Aurora’s new police beat

Aurora high school students meet at the Aurora Municipal Center after walking out of their schools Dec. 5 in protest. Around 400 students from Gateway, Overland, Rangeview, Hinkley and Aurora Central high schools walked out at 10 am on Friday and marched to the Aurora Municipal Center to join a nationwide protest in response to New York and Missouri grand juries returning no indictments against police officers.  (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)

“I don’t think the protests in Aurora or nationwide are driving our process,” said city Councilman Brad Pierce, a member of the public safety committee. “We’ve been talking about doing this for months now.”

Innocent motorists are handcuffed near their cars on Iliff Avenue between Buckley and Chambers roads June 2 at about 4 p.m. Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates defended the mass detainment as police looked for a robbery suspect.

Fourteen people filed the suit, which was filed May 16 in the Colorado District Court, against the city and its attorneys, saying the two-and-a-half hour detention near East Iliff Avenue and South Buckley Road was unconstitutional search and seizur

Paetsch’s robbery of an Aurora Wells Fargo on June 2, 2012, gained national attention after Aurora police stopped at least 25 vehicles at an intersection and held them at gunpoint for almost an hour during their search for the robber.