Friday, June 3, 2011

City of Brighton supports police response

Recently, the Brighton Police Department has come under scrutiny in reports on Fox 31 regarding its response to allegations of abuse made by the wife of firefighter Randy Cleveland, a member of the Greater Brighton Fire Protection District. It has been inferred that the department did not take appropriate action when called to the Clevelands’ address because it was alleged that police officers were acquainted with Randy Cleveland.

This allegation is absolutely not true. Last month, police officers were called to the Cleveland residence which resulted in a lengthy official investigation. As a result of that investigation, detectives of the Brighton Police Department presented a criminal case file to the Adams County District Attorney’s Office requesting felony charges be filed. Adams County D.A. Don Quick requested the allegations be reviewed and pursued by a prosecutor outside his office. D.A. Quick referred the file to the Boulder County District Attorney’s Office for that review and subsequent prosecution.

The citizens of Brighton should know that City of Brighton police detectives cooperated fully with the Boulder County District Attorney and working together, a total of 14 serious charges were brought against the defendant. A review of the Adams County Communications Center database of calls for police service showed that all requests for police service at the Cleveland address since 2006 were answered and responded to by Brighton police.

The citizens of Brighton should also know that at no time did the defendant’s employment with the Greater Brighton Fire Protection District influence any official decisions made by any member of the City of Brighton Police Department. Members of the Brighton Police Department are committed to the protection of every member of our community and the fair and just enforcement of the law.

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