No tickets, points for Denver Police Department officers who cause crashes

Hundreds of preventable crashes, no court dates

DENVER - The CALL7 Investigators have discovered the Denver Police Department does not send its officers to court for crashes DPD itself deems preventable.

CALL7 Investigator John Ferrugia obtained department records that show 310 such crashes in 2011, 2012, and 2013. DPD handled them all internally -- without outside law enforcement investigations, and without issuing citations or Division of Motor Vehicles points to the officers found at fault.

After Ferrugia asked DPD about the policy, department officials said it was under review.

"Does the Chief believe that officers should be treated differently, as they are now, than citizens and not get tickets and go to court?" Ferrugia asked.

"We don't know the answer to that, John, because we are in the process of evaluating whether or not the current system is a good fit for Denver or whether or not it's a bad fit for Denver," DPD Sgt. Steve Warneke said.

Watch 7News at 10:00 p.m. to see what the CALL7 Investigators have learned about that so-called review.

-- Policies Vary --

Aurora, Golden, and Lakewood Police Departments have similar policies to DPD; all handle preventable accidents internally. Arvada and Greenwood Village Police also review crashes internally, but their officers are subject to tickets, fines, and points on the driving record with the Division of Motor Vehicles, as well. So are officers with Arapahoe, Douglas, and Jefferson County Sheriff's Offices, and the Colorado State Patrol.

Just like civilians, the officers who are sent to court can lose their license if they accrue more than 12 points in one year, or 18 in two years.

Mobile users can click here to see an explanation of how drivers accumulate points against their licenses.

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