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Reader: Denver PD stats about low percentage of cops who get complaints are meaningless

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In our post about Denver Police videos meant to improve the department's image, spokesman Lt. Matt Murray pointed out that 94.4 percent of officers received no complaints in 2010.

One reader wasn't impressed by this number.

Writes ldp604:

Question for Michael: Did the police offer up any actual data showing how their interventions "make a difference every day"? Without any real numbers I don't believe their argument has any validity other than taking their word for it, which I would never do considering the source. I can walk around telling people I installed a speed bump on my block and since I did that the auto-related deaths of people 12 and under on my block are zero. Oh, did I forget to mention that there are no people aged 12 and under on my block? I didn't need to because I already tugged on the heartstrings of all readers with children 12 and under who don't want their kids getting hit by speeding cars on their streets.

I would much rather Mr. Murray and the police spend my tax money making videos showing statistics before and after their interventions. I know that requires effort and work. The only data offered in your article is the fact that "94.4% of Denver Police Department officers had no complaints in 2010." What correlation does that have to pulling people over?

After I installed that speed bump on my street 85% of the trees on my street sprouted leaves and turned green.

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