DPD Chief Says Officers ‘Were Being Paid To Watch Football’

November 20, 2012 7:50 PM

DPD Chief Says Officers ‘Were Being Paid To Watch Football’
" DENVER (CBS4) – A CBS4 investigation has found members of the Denver Police Department’s Honor Guard have been routinely paid thousands of dollars in overtime during Broncos home games to carry the flag for a few minutes before the games, a practice Denver’s new police chief is curtailing.

“I just don’t think it’s the best use of taxpayer dollars,” said Denver Police Chief Robert White after learning of the CBS4 investigation.

Honor Guards from various military branches, police and fire departments march on the field, carrying the flag for the National Anthem before Broncos games. Their duties are completed before the game begins.

The CBS4 probe found that the five members of the DPD Honor Guard taking part in the pregame ceremony were each being given two free tickets to get in the game, according to the city, and then were each billing taxpayers for as much as five hours of time-and-a-half overtime each game. That’s roughly the equivalent of receiving a full day’s pay for a ceremony that one military honor guard member told CBS4 takes less than two minutes — the length of the National Anthem "

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