Dan NjegomirDan NjegomirOctober 23, 20172min550

Veteran Colorado lawman John Camper — who has been police chief in Grand Junction since 2010 and before that served with metro Denver’s Lakewood police for 29 years — will be the next boss of the Colorado Bureau of Investigation. Camper was selected by the state Department of Public Safety, which announced the hiring in a press release today quoting department Executive Director Stan Hilkey:

“We had an exceptionally good field of candidates interview for this important leadership position, and the quality of finalists made this a difficult choice. I’m confident that John’s skills, experience, and leadership style will be an excellent fit for CBI … He is thoughtful, intelligent, and a skilled administrator with experience in complex problem solving. He understands the importance of relationships. And he demonstrates an enormous amount of integrity and ethics.”

Camper brings diverse experience to his new calling, which begins Jan. 1. During his time as a Lakewood cop, the press announcement notes, he served in capacities including “public information officer, crime prevention agent, crimes against children detective, SWAT team hostage negotiator, theft investigations sergeant, internal affairs sergeant, and several assignments as a police commander.” He also has served with a host of law enforcement-related boards and organizations and is incoming president of the Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police starting next June.

The agency Camper now will lead provides wide-ranging support to Colorado state and local law-enforcement agencies on criminal investigations, forensic and laboratory services, and comprehensive criminal justice data management.


Brian HeubergerBrian HeubergerMarch 22, 20176min66035

Attorney General Jeff Sessions told reporters March 6 from the Department of Justice that he thinks there is “real violence” behind the use of recreational marijuana, but Colorado’s marijuana advocates and others across the country are using state and local-level data to push back on Trump administration claims that legalizing marijuana somehow increases crime rates." Sessions also told reporters he had a meeting the same day with the attorney general of Nebraska, who has expressed concerns about marijuana being transported from Colorado into Nebraska.


Rachael WrightRachael WrightMarch 9, 201711min14

… Thirty Years Ago This Week in the Colorado Statesman … According to Don Barbarick, state meteorologist with the Colorado Department of Health’s air pollution division, the Town of Parker was a relative “fail-safe area” for Denver’s “brown cloud," the notorious billow of air pollution that settled across Denver's skyline. Parker was deemed safe because of its elevation, the general direction of winds, and because the brown cloud tended to veer towards the foothills west of Parker, according to experts. “It’s an entire metro-area problem,” said Charles Stevens, a physical scientist with the Environmental Protection Agency. “It’s not just Denver. You guys say, ‘I’ll move out and get away from it’ and pretty soon there are 10,000, 20,000, 30,000 people who move out to the same area and then you’ve got your own brown cloud.”

State lawmakers are ready to crack down on something that might not be a problem at all in Colorado — that law enforcement might be taking more than they’re entitled to when criminals forfeit property. “I think it’s more about transparency … than anything else, making sure we focus on everything being reported, so we can […]

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