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Thursday, October 15, 2009

[CO] Chief Camper initiates audit of Grand Junction Police Dept, but denies Open Records Act request

...The city of Grand Junction denied a Colorado Open Records Act request by The Daily Sentinel to review documents related to the investigation...

Stephanie Carlson
Posted: Oct 12, 2009 05:25 PM
Updated: Oct 14, 2009 10:45 PM
[Excerpts] The recent arrests within the Grand Junction Police Department has led the Chief to question its practices. Interim Police Chief John Camper has requested an internal audit of the department. The Chief says he is over all pleased with the department and its 110 sworn officers. But because of the arrests of two of it's own, former officers Courtney Crooks and Glenn Coyne, he says an outside audit of internal affairs is recommended. The Chief asked the Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police to make a formal audit of the department, which will happen in the next couple of months... [Full article here]

The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel
By Paul Shockley
Saturday, October 10, 2009
[Excerpts] Officers from outside the Grand Junction Police Department will look at the agency’s internal affairs investigation process, interim Grand Junction Police Chief John Camper said Friday... “I want to look at the details of our process,” he said. “I also want to see if there are modern, progressive steps out there used by other departments that we should be using”... The review comes as Camper, who has been on the job just more than a month, lost two officers in 16 days after their arrests and after they were investigated internally. Camper has said he believes the department took a thorough look at allegations of misconduct involving former Grand Junction officer Glenn Coyne and a woman in December 2008... The Police Department also conducted two internal investigations involving Courtney Crooks, 24, who resigned from the department on Sept. 16 and had been on unpaid leave following his Aug. 28 arrest on allegations of misdemeanor harassment of his wife. The city of Grand Junction denied a Colorado Open Records Act request by The Daily Sentinel to review documents related to the investigation of Crooks. In the city’s response, officials said disclosure was “contrary to the public interest,” and it would violate the department’s policies for internal affairs investigations. [Full article here]

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