Technology & Training

It is critical that the Denver Police Department have the most advanced crime-fighting equipment and training. We will support pilot programs and leverage other resources to help the Department remain innovative.

VirTra V 300 Training Simulator

Amount: $283,389

Funding for this 300-degree simulator that provides training on a variety of scenarios officers may be faced with daily. The simulator provides for de-escalation techniques, less-lethal activities and “shoot-don’t shoot” training. It can be used for one officer or up to four at a time.

Successes:

The life-sized simulator confronts officers with real-world scenarios that enhance their responses and help them respond to crisis situations that may face them. The simulator is praised by all officers who have been trained. Additionally, the simulator has been used with civilians and media to demonstrate the kinds of situations officers are faced with to help the understanding of officer decision-making.


HALOHigh Activity Location Observation (HALO) Cameras

High Activity Location Observation (HALO) cameras allow immediate response to incidents and video recordings of crimes. The HALO program also works with the Denver School District, the Colorado Department of Transportation and the Regional Transportation District to incorporate all the organizations’ cameras for maximum coverage.

Successes:

  • HALO evidence used in criminal prosecutions resulted in a 100 percent conviction rate.

Specialized Crime Analysis Equipment

Denver Police Department's Crime LabSpecialized crime analysis equipment including DNA testing tools (a process used in the identification of one person from another).

Successes:

  • These tools are credited with the identification, arrest and conviction of a serial rapist.

Other Funded Projects

  • All
  • 2014
  • 2015
  • 2016

University of Denver, Daniels College of Business

2016
Support for specialized leadership training for Denver police officers.
Impact: A team of officers participated in specialized training in leadership and ethics, “Professionalism and the Social Contract.” Offices formed a core of leaders, the Vanguard Team, responsible for communicating lessons with others in the Department.

VirTra V 300 Simulator

2016
Funding for this 300-degree simulator that provides training on a variety of scenarios officers may be faced with daily. The simulator provides for de-escalation techniques, less-lethal activities and “shoot-don’t shoot” training. It can be used for one officer or up to four at a time.
Impact: The life-sized simulator gives officers to be confronted with real-world scenarios that enhance their responses and help them respond to crisis situations that may face them. The simulator is praised by all officers who have been trained. Additionally, the simulator has been used with civilians and media to demonstrate the kinds of situations officers are faced with to help the understanding of officer decision-making.

HALO Cameras for Commons Park

2016
Funding for four HALO cameras to be deployed in Commons Park and adjacent buildings.
Impact: Cameras are placed in this LoDo park, an area of various crimes. The cameras provide valuable information to the DPD to help combat crime in the area. Improvements in lessening crime, especially at night, have been demonstrated with the use of the new cameras. Public safety is enhanced in this popular park.

HALO Cameras for Cherry Creek North Business Improvement District

2016
Funding for three HALO cameras to be deployed through out the Cherry Creek North Business District.
Impact: Cameras are placed in high crime areas and provide valuable information to the DPD to help combat crime in the area. Improvements in lessening crime, especially at night, have been demonstrated with the use of the new cameras.

Denver Police Department METRO SWAT Specialized Equipment

2015
Funding for specialized tactical rescue rappel equipment for ten officers to enable them to complete missions safely and successfully. Equipment will safely anchor teams during incidents in any environment (buildings, garages, cranes, bridges) and enable them to ascend to balconies and upper floors providing more options in deployments. Equipment followed specialized training for SWAT officers in the use of the equipment.
Impact: SWAT officers are trained in the use of specialized equipment important to their ability to act in any situation protecting the community.

DPD Digital Cameras for Traffic Investigations & Patrol

2014
For the first time in a number of years, the DPD is able to hold academies for training of new police officers. New, state-of-the art academy equipment was provided to encourage excellence in fitness for the new recruits.
Impact: The DPD now requires officers to document all use of force cases and domestic violence cases with digital photography. This policy change has resulted in fewer lawsuits against the City and in more plea bargains especially by domestic violence offenders.

DPD Academy Fitness Equipment

2014
For the first time in a number of years, the DPD is able to hold academies for training of new police officers. New, state-of-the art academy equipment was provided to encourage excellence in fitness for the new recruits.
Impact: State-of-the-art equipment at the Academy encourages and enables fitness for duty for all recruits. Equipment is also used for fitness training by existing DPD officers, all resulting in better-trained and able officers.