The Commerce City Police Department is committed to changing the culture of the department to improve public safety for the entire community.
In 2013 the department collectively created and adopted a new mission, vision and values to guide its work.
The department requested assistance from the Department of Justice Collaborative Reform in 2016 as part of their overall reform efforts to earn and uphold the public’s trust. This is objective assessment will provide the department with a long-term strategy, assessing internal operations, policies, procedures, community engagement and partnerships.
Part of the reform, started with the implementation of body worn cameras. On June 29, 2016, every Commerce City police officer in the field began wearing body cameras as part of their job.
Body cameras promote greater transparency and accountability by accurately capturing contacts between members of the department and the public, increasing public and officer safety during such contacts, and supporting the department’s mission to uphold the public’s trust. Body cameras are shown to significantly reduce use-of-force incidents and citizens’ complaints. Camera footage allows police to have more complete documentation for every incident.
The department has also implemented the Citizens Public Safety Advisory Board, refined their community policing approach, and obtained a digital evidence management system that improves transparency and documentation.
In 2017, the department implemented the You Have Options Program, which allows victims of sexual assault to take control over the investigative process.