Promotions were announced at the Denver Police Department last week, including one for District Three Commander Tracie Keesee, who will now head research, training and technology as a division chief. This is good news for the groundbreaking research Keesee has led into how racial bias plays into police shootings. Keesee hopes to use the information to improve training methods. To hear more about Keesee and the DPD’s involvement in police shooting studies, check out Westword’s recent feature article “Target Practice.” – Jared Jacang Maher
Keep Westword Free... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Denver with no paywalls.