COLORADO SPRINGS — There have been several local and national movements calling for greater police transparency and accountability. Our state has just launched a new website allowing the public to access information about officers who have abused their badge and authority.
The Colorado Peace Officers Standards and Training Council maintains this database which allows anyone to search for details on any officer statewide. The database shows you which officers have been decertified, convicted of a crime, or lied on the job.
“When law enforcement officers do things that are not good, they can commit crimes and be decertified, we put them in a publicly available database. Anyone can search it,” said POST Board Chairman and Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser. “When other officers are fired for cause, for doing something wrong, they are also on this list so they are not hired again unknowingly.”
Colorado lawmakers passed legislation in 2020 and 2021 creating this database at coloradopost.gov making each officer’s state certification, compliance with training requirements, and employment status publicly available.
Weiser says it’s part of a shift in transparency in our state.
“Colorado passed legislation not only to create this transparent database, but to provide body cameras in all cases so we know what’s going on. Then when an officer is charged, it’s not about not to believe me or disbelieve me, it’s Sunlight is the best disinfectant,” Weiser said.
It is important to point out that not all policy violations lead to decertification, but the database includes 8 different items that an agent can be flagged for on their profile.
“What I’ve heard time and time again from so many dedicated police officers is that no one hates a bad cop more than a good cop. Those bad cops who dishonor the profession, they dishonor everyone who risks their lives “, said Weiser.
By law, officers are allowed to request a review of their database entries and have information removed if they present new evidence through a request process.
“They are notified. They have a right to be heard. We have a process to review all of these decertification actions and officers can come forward and tell their side of the story,” Weiser said.
If you would like to take a closer look at the website, database, and areas of responsibility for peace officers, please visit: https://coloradopost.gov/