Posted: Sep 20, 2010 4:48 AM
Updated: Sep 20, 2010 6:51 AM
Figures from the Denver Police Department show the number of investigations initiated by officers in August was down nearly 25 percent from the same month a year ago - a drop of about 4,500 incidents.
The number of patrol hours in August fell by 2 percent from a year ago, but citizen-initiated calls for help also fell, meaning officers should have had more time to start investigations on their own.
Detective Nick Rogers suggests some officers feared Independent Monitor Richard Rosenthal would second-guess their actions.
August was the same month when Safety Manager Ron Perea resigned, after Rosenthal criticized Perea's handling of two discipline cases in which officers were suspended but not fired.