Denver Auditor Dennis Gallagher in 2006 (RJ Sangosti, Denver Post file) Denver Auditor Dennis Gallagher released a scathing report Thursday morning about the Denver Sheriff’s Department, an agency already under intense scrutiny after a series of excessive force cases.The audit report found the city’s jail is “seriously mismanaged” and that it puts “inmates, detainees, deputies and taxpayers at significant risk.”Specifically, the report highlighted the department’s inability to gather internal data as one of the catalyzing factors in their failure to address problems in the jail. In particular, the report cited a vast gap in the amount of employed staff versus what is actually needed.”Overall, the audit found that the management of jail operations has been poor which harms the city’s reputation and leads to other problems including the waste of taxpayer resources,” the auditor’s office said in a statement.Gallagher said in the statement he is “deeply troubled by these findings.””We have all heard the stories of abuse and other problems and are aware of the significant settlements that the city has made but to learn of the level of mismanagement that have allowed these problems to persist is what is most disturbing,” he said.Stephanie O’Malley, executive director of public safety, told the audit committee that she takes all of the recommendations seriously. But she defended her decision to defer action on many of them. The department is working with two outside consulting firms who specialize in jail management to evaluate everything from staffing levels to data analysis. She said it doesn’t make sense to make changes until their work is complete.”We’ll continue to work hard,” O’Malley said. “This is a situation in our mind’s eye that is urgent.”O’Malley told reporters after the audit was presented that nothing in the report came as a shock and that she felt it reaffirmed reform efforts that are already underway. “We’ve said all along that we have a lot of work to do,” she said, adding that she will provide the report to outside consultants examining the department. “We recognize the challenges.”Audits of city agencies often … – Click Here To Visit Article Source