Police Checkpoints (Denver Police Department)

Curtis Waltman filed this request with the Denver Police Department of Denver, CO.
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From: Curtis Waltman

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Colorado Open Records Act, I hereby request the following records:

For this request I am seeking:

-All policies on checkpoints and roadblocks. This includes sobriety checkpoints as well as any other kinds of checkpoints.

-Data on how often checkpoints are employed. That is, the total number of times the department has set up a checkpoint since 1/1/14.

-Any oversight reports on the use of checkpoints.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 3 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Curtis Waltman

From: Dulacki, Mary J. - MOS

Good Afternoon:

Please see the following responses to your request below:

-All policies on checkpoints and roadblocks. This includes sobriety checkpoints as well as any other kinds of checkpoints.

The Denver Police Department utilizes checkpoints and roadblocks for DUI enforcement. The policies related to these operations may be found in the DPD Operations Manual available on line at denvergov.org/police, and copied below:

Section 201.02
(6) FIXED POSITION CHECKPOINTS: Fixed position checkpoints may be established for vehicle safety checks, equipment and authorization violations such as overweight vehicles or hazardous material movement, and the detection of drivers under the influence of alcohol and/or other similar violations. Checkpoints will be operated under the direction of a supervisor, in accordance with current state law and in a manner that minimizes traffic hazards and inconvenience to the public.

Section 204.09
(3) A stop may be made if a definite departmental or division policy has been established that a certain number of vehicles will be stopped. Examples: Every tenth, fifth or third car or every other car traveling past a given point.

-Data on how often checkpoints are employed. That is, the total number of times the department has set up a checkpoint since 1/1/14.

The DPD conducted 6 operations in 2014, 6 in 2016 and 6 in 2016 for a total of 18 in the time period.

-Any oversight reports on the use of checkpoints.

The DPD reports the enforcement plans and arrest data to the Colorado Department of Transportations before and after the operations and that information is posted on the website www.codot.gov/safety/alcohol-and-impaired-driving. (click on HEAT IS ON links).

If you have any questions or need anything further, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Mary Dulacki | Records Administrator
Department of Public Safety| City and County of Denver
p: 720.913.6262 | mary.dulacki@denvergov.org
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