Denver at a glance


Population by race and Hispanic origin


Cities in this database with the most similarly-sized populations

Full-time law enforcement staff, Denver Police Department

  • 1,552 Officers
  • 266 Civilian staff

Full-time law enforcement officers per 1,000 residents

  • 2.11 Denver
  • 2.3 National average, cities with 250,000+ population
  • 2.2 National average

These figures reflect the Denver Police Department only, and do not include state or other police agencies that may be present in this location.

Federal grant funding

Data was last updated September 7, 2022


We identified over $20.9M in federal grant funding, FY 2012-2022

Grant funding over time

Grant funding by federal department

Recent grants

USA spending grants for: Denver
Amount Start and end dates Recipient and description Awarding agency CFDA program Type
$846,168.00 1/1/2022
12/31/2023
DENVER, CITY & COUNTY OF THE HIDTA PROGRAM REDUCES ILLICIT DRUG SUPPLY BY AIDING FEDERAL, STATE, LOCAL AND TRIBAL LAW ENFORCEMENT. PERFORMANCE IS MEASURED BY DISMANTLING/DISRUPTING DRUG TRAFFICKING AND MONEY LAUNDERING ORGANIZATIONS AND IMPROVING EFFECTIVENESS OF THE INITIATIVES. Executive Office of the President Office of the National Drug Control Policy 95.001 High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas Program Prime
$176,587.00 9/1/2021
8/31/2023
DENVER, CITY & COUNTY OF DENVER, CO DE-ESCALATION TRAINING PROJECT Department of Justice Offices, Boards and Divisions 16.710 Public Safety Partnership and Community Policing Grants Prime
$121,872.00 9/1/2021
8/31/2023
DENVER, CITY & COUNTY OF DENVER, CO LEMHWA PROJECT Department of Justice Offices, Boards and Divisions 16.710 Public Safety Partnership and Community Policing Grants Prime
$739,995.98 1/1/2021
12/31/2022
DENVER, CITY & COUNTY OF THE HIDTA PROGRAM REDUCES ILLICIT DRUG SUPPLY BY AIDING FEDERAL, STATE, LOCAL AND TRIBAL LAW ENFORCEMENT. PERFORMANCE IS MEASURED BY DISMANTLING/DISRUPTING DRUG TRAFFICKING AND MONEY LAUNDERING ORGANIZATIONS AND IMPROVING EFFECTIVENESS OF THE INITIATIVES. Executive Office of the President Office of the National Drug Control Policy 95.001 High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas Program Prime

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Military equipment transfers

Data last updated September 6, 2022


$288.2K value of military equipment has been transferred to the Denver Police Department

The highest-value stock number reported is UNMANNED VEHICLE,GROUND with 3 items valued at $77,060.00 each

Recent equipment transfers

Military equipment transfers
Ship date Item and National Stock Number (NSN) Quantity Acquisition value, each Acquisition value, total DEMIL code DEMIL IC
1/6/2021 UNMANNED VEHICLE,GROUND
2360-01-663-1082
3 3 @ $77,060.00 $231,180.00 Q 3
5/10/2008 RIFLE,7.62 MILLIMETER
1005-00-589-1271
6 6 @ $138.00 $828.00 D 1
5/8/2008 RIFLE,7.62 MILLIMETER
1005-00-589-1271
2 2 @ $138.00 $276.00 D 1
6/7/2006 RIFLE,5.56 MILLIMETER
1005-00-073-9421
8 8 @ $499.00 $3,992.00 D 1

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Local police misconduct data, consent decrees, and settlements

Data was last updated January 26, 2022

Settlements

We identified 2 publicly reported settlements that resulted in policy changes and $14,500,000.00 in monetary compensation to victims.

Settlements
Year Description Outcome
2020

New settlement to limit use of non-lethal weapons by Denver Police Department.

In June 2020, the City of Denver agreed to limit the use of non-lethal weapons, such as tear-gas, flashbangs, and rubber bullets, in order to settle a pair of lawsuits stemming from protests against police misconduct during the summer.

The lawsuits alleged that members of the Denver Police Department misused non-lethal weapons during Denver’s George Floyd protests. A federal judge issued a temporary restraining order on the activity, but the order was set to expire in a few days. Prior to the order’s expiration, the city announced an agreement to limit violent police responses to protests. The new agreement requires that only police sergeants or above can approve the use of force and all officers must actively use body cameras when interacting with protestors, among other things.

Policy changes
2004 - 2017

From 2004 to 2017, Denver paid $28 million for police and jail claims.

According to The Denver Post’s review of data provided by the Denver City Attorney’s office, the City of Denver paid nearly $28 million for police and jail claims from 2004 to 2017. During the same time period, 82 percent of all settlements sent to the Denver City Council for approval (a total of $33.7 million) were for police and jail related claims. In September 2019, the Denver City Council approved a settlement total of $500,000 in an excessive force and malicious prosecution lawsuit filed against the Denver Police Department.

Compensation
$14,500,000.00