Are Protests Ushering In A New Era Of Policing?

June 8, 2020
Protesters stand in unison at Civic Center Park on June 6, 2020, to fight racism and police brutality.Protesters stand in unison at Civic Center Park on June 6, 2020, to fight racism and police brutality.Nathaniel Minor/CPR News
Protesters stand in unison at Civic Center Park on June 6, 2020, to fight racism and police brutality.

Policing in Denver has changed, in part, both because a court intervened and because of public pressure. What is the right role for police? When does the community need them? When does it not? A new program called STAR (Support Team Assisted Response) now allows dispatchers to send a team of mental health experts, and not a police officer, to a mental health crisis they deem "low-risk." It's a pilot program that comes amid calls for the community to re-envision police departments.