Hundreds of Colorado Officers Resign Since Police Reform Law
It was on June 19th, 2020 that Governor Jared Polis signed Senate Bill 217 into law which created reform within police departments all around the state of Colorado. That did not sit well with many officers as now more than 200 Colorado officers have retired or resigned their positions since the bill became a law according to The Denver Post.
Between the dates of June 13th and August 7th, there were 241 officers who decided to leave on their own or were fired according to the Colorado Police Officer Standards and Training board. You also have lots of officers who have worked hard for many years protecting our state and many of them are wondering how this bill will directly affect their safety as an officer and their benefits such as insurance.
This new law also made the change that police officers can now be sued personally and held liable for judgment or settlement up to 5% or $25,000 whichever is less. One more big change by this law was that officers are now required to intervene on another officer if they see excessive force or they could face a misdemeanor charge.
Loveland Police Lieutenant Bob Shaffer said, "There is a significant fear of being vulnerable and unsupported that is causing a lot of officers to, at a minimum, consider leaving employment and moving out of the state entirely."
As many as 10 officers in Loveland alone said they plan to retire as a result of the new law.
How do you feel about hearing that hundreds of police officers in Colorado have resigned or retired since the police reform bill became law?