Sep 24, 2011 5:01 PM by James H Egbert

Mayor calls for review of police undercover practices

A recent liquor code investigation at a local Hooters restaurant has turned into an investigation of local law enforcement. Colorado Springs Mayor, Steve Bach is now calling for a review of how such investigations are conducted by law enforcement by Colorado Springs and El Paso County agencies working together.

Mayor Bach released a statement to KOAA News 5 via email saying, "We need an independent, objective review of our policies and practices in this area. I have spoken with Chief Myers and Sheriff Maketa and support moving forward on this matter with the assistance of The Colorado Bureau of Investigation."

The Colorado Springs Police and El Paso County Sheriff's Office released a joint statement addressing the need for an administrative review.

"We believe our officers followed existing policies and procedures regarding this investigation" said Chief Myers, "we have also listened to the voices of our community and want to make sure that our policies and procedures are in alignment with the highest level of the police profession".

Sheriff Terry Maketa said, "I am grateful to have a metro unit where both Chief Myers and I realize the importance of the need for ongoing review of law enforcement procedures. This ensures accountability to the public which is of paramount importance to our agencies. We are grateful to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation for their assistance in this process."

KOAA News 5 will continue to follow any developments from this review and how it will affect the future of local law enforcement.



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