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Citizens praise Littleton PD

Jennifer Smith

Residents showered praise on the Littleton Police Department Monday night during a public hearing held as part of its accreditation process.

“It’s truly the best department and the best people you could ever hope to work with,” said Janet Simpson, volunteer coordinator with the Littleton Citizen Police Academy Alumnae Association.

LPD last went through the accreditation process in 2008. It’s one of 400 accredited municipal police agencies in the United States and 11 in the state of Colorado that are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies. CALEA ensures the department is in voluntary compliance with 480 law-enforcement accreditation standards.

Several people at the hearing commented that Littleton’s reputation as a safe city contributed to their decision to move here, including new City Manager Michael Penny, who has a young daughter, and Mayor Debbie Brinkman, a single woman living alone.

“I have never in my life felt safer in any community,” said Brinkman.

Darlee Whiting, a retired teacher, said her experiences with officers personally and in the schools have always been positive.

“It’s comforting, as a teacher, to see them handling the children and the families with such sensitivity,” she said.

Councilman Jim Taylor said Chief Heather Coogan does a great job of screening officers, noting that Littleton doesn’t see abusive tactics that are evident in some cities.

“I’d come unglued if that ever happened in our community,” he said. “… [LPD officers] are well educated and relatively well behaved.”

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