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Police Department Denver
47% SCORE

Scorecard at a Glance

Average for 4 Sections: 47%

Scores range from 0-100% comparing cities with over 250k population. Cities with higher scores spend less on policing, use less force, are more likely to hold officers accountable and make fewer arrests for low-level offenses.

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Police Funding:  44%
Police Budget Cost per Person        
Misconduct Settlements        
Fines/Forfeitures        
Police Presence/Over-Policing (Officers per Population)        
Police Violence:  59%
Force Used per Arrest        
Deadly Force per Arrest        
Unarmed Victims of Deadly Force per Arrest        
Racial Disparities in Deadly Force        
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50th Percentile
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Police Accountability:  31%
Misconduct Complaints Upheld        
Excessive Force Complaints Upheld        
Discrimination Complaints Upheld        
Criminal Misconduct Complaints Upheld        
Approach to Law Enforcement:  55%
Arrest Rate for Low Level Offenses        
Homicides Solved        
Racial Disparities in Drug Arrests        

Key Findings

Police Funding i

44%

Police Funding By Year

$277.93M  |  $385 per Resident

More Police Funding per Capita than 58% of Depts

Funds Spent On Misconduct Settlements

$319k per year from 2012-14  |  $4,429 per 10k population

^  More Spending due to Misconduct than 8% of Depts   

Funds taken from communities in fines and forfeitures

Total: $472.84M from 2010-19

Number of officers per 1k population

1,551 Officers  |  21.5 per 10k Residents

More Officers per Population than 68% of Depts

Police violence i

59%

Police Use of Force By Year

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More Police Shootings per Arrest than 54% of Depts

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Less-Lethal Force

Used More Force per Arrest than 21% of Depts

578 Incidents  |  41 every 10k arrests  |  +40%

^  Includes batons, strangleholds, tasers & other police weapons   

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Deadly Force

39 Killings by Police from 2013-20  |  1.7 every 10k arrests

^  More Killings by Police per Arrest than 72% of Depts   

Deadly Force by Armed Status

8% Unarmed  |  33% Did Not Allegedly Have a Gun

Unarmed Other Alleged Gun Vehicle
8%
24%
67%

^  More Unarmed People Killed per Arrest than 37% of Depts   

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Police Violence by Race

Black Latinx N.Am API Other White

Population of Jurisdiction

9%
30%
53%

Police Department Demographics

10%
21%
66%

People Arrested

25%
28%
41%

People Killed

13%
41%
5%
8%
28%

^  More Racial Disparities in Deadly Force than 35% of Depts   

Police Accountability i

31%

Total civilian complaints

1,118 from 2016-18  |  11% Ruled in Favor of Civilians

 

Use of Force Complaints

N/A Reported

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Complaints of Police Discrimination

N/A Reported  |  N/A Ruled in Favor of Civilians

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Alleged Crimes Committed by Police

N/A Reported  |  N/A Ruled in Favor of Civilians

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Approach to Law Enforcement i

55%

Arrests By Year

197,726 Arrests Reported from 2013-19

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Arrests for Low Level Offenses

120,432 Arrests  |  24 per 1k residents

^  Higher Arrest Rate for Low Level Offenses than 68% of Depts   

Percent of total arrests by type

All Arrests for Low Level Offenses ( 61% )

Drug Possession ( 9% )

Violent Crime ( 7% )

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Homicides Unsolved

373 Homicides from 2013-19  |  128 Unsolved

^  Solved Fewer Homicides than 48% of Depts   

Percent of Homicides Unsolved by Race

Homicides of Black Victims Unsolved ( 25% )

Homicides of Latinx Victims Unsolved ( 17% )

Homicides of White Victims Unsolved ( 16% )

Colorado Police Department Scores

Rankings are based upon a 0 to 100 percentage scale. Departments with higher scores use less force, make fewer arrests for low level offenses, solve murder cases more often, hold officers more accountable and spend less on policing overall.

Overall Scores for Depts where We Have Obtained the Most Data.

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Police Department Score 5YR
12. Northglenn 37% +2%
11. Pueblo 37% -3%
10. Boulder 38% +7%
9. Lakewood 40% -7%
8. Westminster 43% -12%
7. Grand Junction 44% +1%
6. Thornton 44% -6%
5. Aurora 44% -2%
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Police Department Score 5YR
* Sheridan 45% -3%
* Estes Park 45%
* Craig 45% -4%
* Steamboat Springs 45%
* Gunnison 46% -5%
* Golden 46% -7%
* Palmer Lake 46% +9%
* Del Norte 46% -1%
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* An asterisk indicates this location did not publish enough data to evaluate. Click below to add data to the Scorecard.

About This Scorecard

This is the first nationwide evaluation of policing in the United States. It was built using data from state and federal databases, public records requests to local police departments, and media reports. While police data is never perfect, and there are additional indicators that still need to be tracked, the Police Scorecard is designed to provide insight into many important issues in policing.

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Use this Scorecard to identify issues within police departments that require the most urgent interventions and hold officials accountable for implementing solutions. For example, cities with higher rates of low level arrests could benefit most from solutions that create alternatives to policing and arrest for these offenses. In cities where police make fewer arrests overall but use more force when making arrests, communities could benefit significantly from policies designed to hold police accountable for excessive force. And cities where complaints of police misconduct are rarely ruled in favor of civilians could benefit from creating an oversight structure to independently investigate these complaints.

 

Here's how to start pushing for change

  • Contact your Mayor and Police Chief, share your scorecard with them and urge them to enact policies to address the issues you've identified:
    Advocacy Tip:  Colorado's state legislature is currently considering SB21-062, a bill that would effectively ban police from arresting people for most low-level, non-violent offenses. This could reduce arrests, police use of force and jail incarceration in the state.
  • Look up your state and federal representatives below, then tell them to take action to hold police accountable in your community.

 

If you have feedback, questions about the project, or need support with an advocacy campaign, contact our Project Lead, Samuel Sinyangwe.