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Of the back -- happening now there's a plan to hire civilians to take some jobs held by police the city of Denver Colorado says.
It could save more than a half million dollars a year by doing this and more importantly actually put more police officers on the streets.
Not everyone is happy with the idea -- Kenya is live from Denver with more at least yes.
Again that's right the Denver police union says there -- jobs only an officer can do but that -- insists that this will help his department and its bottom line.
Apart from 45 positions that form -- sources are currently doing.
-- civilians -- -- the Denver Police Department is joining several others around the country hiring civilians for jobs traditionally held by sworn police officers.
Including crime scene analysis evidence gathering in lab work part of it is so.
Our responsibility to be good stewards of taxpayer dollars it really to really maximize.
The use of up we -- Departments with tight budgets can save a lot of money if you have a detective who let's just theoretically is making 9000.
And you can hire two people.
To fill that position.
But -- civilians it's even highly trained to match the experience of -- seasoned detectives.
It will depend on the trains.
And so -- but it's done through.
Educational programs and there's a lot available -- -- directs the masters of criminal justice program CU Denver she says highly trained civilians can bring a lot to the table and they can go into a department.
And offer a -- a great deal that.
A police officer may have no training in that area.
She says the key to making it work is combining the years of experience detectives have with the skills train civilians brain.
They may miss the whole picture.
So if you have police officer still sworn officers still in your crime lab they can put the puzzle pieces together.
And -- she says he envisions hiring an additional forty to fifty civilians in the coming years Jenna just an idea at least yes thank you.
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