Denver, CO — If you were to ask people who are paying attention to the media, they’d likely have no idea what the Denver Police Department is up to.
But if you ask one of its officers, that officer may be willing to share a few secrets about his department.
“If you see a cop who is trying to be helpful, you can always call the tip line,” Denver Police Detective Robert Johnson told The Denver Post.
On Monday, Johnson made his first appearance on the program “Outside the Lines” as part of the program’s “Denver Matters” series.
The program, which was produced by the American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado, examines how law enforcement departments interact with citizens.
The show aired Monday on the CBS News Network.
“I think that’s probably the first time a cop would say, ‘Hey, I need to see a person,'” Johnson said.
“So if we were to do a follow-up question, if you see somebody that’s not behaving properly, and you see something that’s wrong, you call the tips line.”
Johnson’s appearance on “Outside The Lines” comes as the Denver City Council is considering a $400,000 grant that would allow police to record interactions with citizens without a warrant.
The proposed grant would cover police body cameras that would be equipped with facial recognition technology.
The Denver Police Chief’s Office told “Outside” that they will review the proposal before it is voted on.
The city’s council is also expected to approve a police accountability bill in the coming weeks.
On Monday’s program, Johnson explained why he believes it’s important for the police to use body cameras.
Police Chief Todd Axtell said that the department’s body cameras will not only help the department to better serve citizens, but will also help police officers make better decisions.
Axtell added that he thinks body cameras are good because they can be used to improve communication and that they can help the public understand the way police operate.
“When you have an officer who is really engaging and being helpful and listening, it’s a good thing,” Axtell told “Inside The Lines.”
Axsell added that body cameras allow officers to be more transparent with the public, which is why the department will seek to include them in the new body camera pilot program.