Review Finds Leadership Woes Within Pueblo Police

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A review commissioned by the Pueblo City Council says the city's police force suffers from a lack of leadership, poor morale, abuse of sick leave and a widespread perception that some officers get preferential treatment.

The Pueblo Chieftain reports that a consulting firm submitted its report to the council on Monday. The council asked for the $47,000 review after internal problems came to light during a search to replace Chief Jim Billings.

Billings retired in February.

Interim Police Chief Luis Velez says he's already taken some corrective steps, changing disciplinary policy and working with the mayor to change sick-leave policies.

Detective Ken Rhodes, president of the police union, says he doesn't object to the report's portrayal of the department.

He says officers told the consultants about many of the problems.

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  • by Anonymous on Apr 26, 2011 at 12:10 PM
    it's roughly the same story in Colorado Springs...and why is KKTV, a Colorado Springs "news" organization reporting on Pueblo, an equally dumpy little berg about sixty miles south ?
  • by citizen Location: pueblo county on Apr 26, 2011 at 11:09 AM
    Watching, this is why I keep saying REINSTATE TERM LIMITS ON PUEBLO COUNTY SHERIFF!
  • by anonymous Location: pueblo on Apr 26, 2011 at 09:18 AM
    Watching, you are absolutely correct. I think people would be completely suprised at what goes on around the SO unless of course they already work there.
  • by Surprised? on Apr 26, 2011 at 08:08 AM
    Somehow this doesn't surprise me at all. I think the same could be said for the el paso county sheriffs department. I think the CSPD probably wouldn't be to bad but the county definitely has issues.
  • by watching Location: usa on Apr 26, 2011 at 07:52 AM
    Glad the officers had the opportunity to express their views without being fired for insubordination like at the Sheriff's office. If you really want an interesting investigation - go there. There really should be a federal investigation into that place.
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