Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Police chief's son among four CSPD recruits to wash out after driving test

Posted By on Wed, Dec 20, 2017 at 3:36 PM

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One of the four members of the Colorado Springs Police Department recruit class who washed out due to the driving test is the police chief's son.

Daniel Carey was among the four eliminated after the test, which imposes such strict requirements that even nudging a single cone of out hundreds can bring failure — and ouster from the recruit class.

The Independent wrote about another recruit class last year that saw eight of the 44-member class wash out after the driving test in the 16th week of the 24-week training.

The CSPD responded with a statement justifying the strict rules. But as our story reported, the CSPD's driving test is more stringent than other agencies and what's required by the Colorado Peace Officer Standards Training requirements.

Five of those recruits who were booted later filed a lawsuit alleging they were unfairly dismissed from the class after striking one cone or, in one case, nudging a cone. The case was recently settled with the city paying each recruit $1,000 and their law firm, $15,000.

Now we learn that those strict guidelines tripped up Chief Pete Carey's son. In this case, however, the recruits — split into three groups because the class of 62 was larger than some classes — took the driving portion of their training during week 4, week 7 and week 9. That's much earlier in the process than the recruit class we wrote about. (One recruit from last year's class told the Indy that it didn't make sense to give the driving test so late in the process when recruits had been on the payroll so long.)

Asked if the driving test was administered sooner this time as a result of the previous class's situation, CSPD spokesman Lt. Howard Black says, "I believe so," but said he wasn't sure.

Chief Carey declined to comment, but Black tells the Indy in an interview, "All our recruits are treated equally. The chief's son was treated like every other recruit or officer we have in our academy. Whenever somebody doesn't make it through the academy field training, it's a loss for all of us. Our goal is we want to see every person be successful."

Graduation for the latest recruit class of 54 will be held at 3 p.m. Jan. 12 at Village Seven Presbyterian Church, 4050 Nonchalant Circle South.

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