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July 28, 2017

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DSD Use of Force Task Force Training and Transparency Sub-Committee - August 2016 Social Climate Survey
Updated On: Jan 25, 2017

The DSD “Use of Force Social Climate” has been completed and we encourage Denver Deputies to review the completed results at the website link at the bottom of this page, and then provide the FOP with any responses you have. Please provide responses to general survey results regarding, current safety and risks in DSD, security of inmates and the ability to manage inmates, the general state of the reform efforts going on in DSD, general feelings regarding empowerment to do the job of a Deputy Sheriff, feelings and concerns related to DSD management including the Sheriff and Manager of Safety, and any other information relevant to the current state of operations and morale in the DSD.

Although this survey does not draw any conclusions as to whether DSD staff perceptions of social climate are significantly correlated with their readiness to use force, there are indications that staff perceptions about their daily work impact their feelings of self-efficacy, attitudes about reform, trust in executive leaders, and interactions with inmates. The jail environment is a microcosm of the broader society. Societies tend to function best when there are high levels of social trust, a form of social capital which enables participants to act together for the greater good.

Clearly there are social bonding strengths for DSD to build upon, including peer support and collaboration, belief that being a deputy sheriff is worthwhile, optimism among newer staff and effectiveness in dealing with inmates among veteran staff. However, further discussion at every level is encouraged to examine staff perceptions that negatively impact their views of social climate including concerns about safety, supervisory inconsistencies, training resource deficits, and lack of organizational clarity which can increase feelings of job stress that may directly or indirectly contribute to use of force incidents.

After reading the report (link below) you can send your responses to the lodge via email at: lodge27@qwestoffice.net or by mail at Denver Sheriffs Lodge 27 FOP 2701 W. 84th Ave. #204 Westminster, CO 80031. All responses will be kept confidential and there is no need to provide an identity when sending responses. The responses of Denver Deputies is important to the FOP in order for the survey results to be utilized to effect positive change on behalf of Denver Deputies. If there are any questions, please contact a Denver FOP Lodge 27 Executive Board Member.


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