Denver Police revise policy on emergency calls

DENVER - The Denver Police Department has revised its policies to give officers more authority to decide how to respond to calls in which a person is in imminent danger.

Under the previous policy, police had to follow strict rules that required approval on which calls deserved an emergency response.

Police Cmdr. Matt Murray said Wednesday the nature of calls for help are changing and officers need more discretion on how to respond to situations like erratic behavior that could become life-threatening.

This follows a number of incidents, including a case in Denver where a woman was shot to death after spending 12 minutes on a 911 call on April 14 saying her husband was acting strangely.

Murray says the policy changes were already being considered before the latest incident.

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