Denver Public Safety: Cops Without Vaccine Will be Disciplined

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DENVER, CO – Executive Director of the Denver Department of Public Safety and Deputy Mayor of the City and County Murphy Robinson has announced his intent to discipline emergency responders who refuse to comply with COVID-19 vaccine mandates.

“That order says city employees shall be vaccinated,” Robinson said. “If our folks don’t comply with it in the time that is allotted by the mayor’s office and the Department of Public Health and Environment, then I am prepared to do what is necessary to hold people in compliance and hold people accountable. That’s my job.”

“Doing what is necessary,” as he stated, includes discipline up to firing police officers, sheriff’s deputies and firefighters who don’t comply by getting the shot and providing proof of vaccination by September 15 of this year.

The Denver Police Protective Association released a statement Thursday saying, “[The union] respects and trusts our members with their own choices on how to maintain their health, the health of their families, and the health, safety and welfare of the citizens of Denver in a profession that exposes them on a daily basis to violent criminals, as well as multiple contagious and infectious diseases prevalent in our community.

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“Health and safety has been and always will be a core value and personal commitment to every officer serving the community. Our members can be trusted with their personal decisions.”

Not so, says Robinson, who insists that based on a survey sent out, the numbers of currently vaccinated public safety employees are too low.

“We have held clinics, we have made incentives,” he said, “and, frankly, there’s no excuse for someone — other than their religious beliefs or for medical reasons — to not get vaccinated. I was shocked by those numbers.”

The union had disputed the results of the poll, saying they were inaccurate. “The PPA did conduct an internal, informal and unscientific survey of its membership,” the union said, “and unfortunately, the survey responses were statistically and mathematically so far away of realistic numbers, it was for this reason, the survey was not released.

“The PPA’s unscientific survey and the numbers provided by the administration, were too far apart making it impossible to determine which, if any, is accurate as to the number of officers actually vaccinated.”

“It wasn’t until the PPA put their numbers out there that I grew concerned,” Robinson said. “I thought we had a lot more people vaccinated. If we truly do have 57% of our officers not vaccinated, then an order is necessary.”

This piece was written by Leah Anaya on August 9, 2021. It originally appeared in and is used by permission.

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