Governor calls for review of police procedures, tactics after deputy’s death

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DENVER -- Gov. John Hickenlooper said Thursday it was time to review police policies and procedures after the death of Adams County sheriff's deputy Heath Gumm.

“We are going to rededicate ourselves as a state to looking at all of our procedures -- how do we approach a home, how do we conduct this or that -- but sometimes we do everything right,” Hickenlooper said.

Regarding the effectiveness  of bulletproof vests or tactical gear, the governor said it needs to be looked at.

Gumm, like Douglas County sheriff's deputy Zackari Parrish who was killed in the line of duty on New Year's Eve, was wearing a bulletproof vest.

“I think that’s the challenge here, is our tactical gear strong enough, is it the right stuff,”  Hickenlooper said.

On the floor of the General Assembly on Thursday, members of the House paused for a moment of silence to reflect on the life of Gumm.

At the same time, Hickenlooper was kicking off the first Outdoor Retail and Snow Show in downtown Denver, the largest convention ever held downtown.

Hickenlooper, by all accounts, should have been thrilled to be there but self-admittingly said “my heart wasn’t in it” because of the deputy’s death.

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