The vision of Denver's newly nominated public safety director – Axios

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The nominee to lead Denver's public safety department is outlining his vision ahead of his confirmation — but criminal justice reform advocates remain skeptical that real progress can be achieved.
Driving the news: Mayor Michael Hancock's new pick for public safety director, Armando Saldate, met Tuesday with the task force that put forward more than 100 recommendations to "reimagine" public safety in the wake of George Floyd's murder.
What they're saying: Ideas that have "really resonated" with him are expanding STAR, the city's alternative police response program, and creating a new city agency proposed by the task force — called the Office of Neighborhood Safety — where Davis says the majority of the task force's recommendations can be implemented.
The other side: "He's saying some very nice things — that he wants to cooperate, that he wants to work with our community — but the proof will be in the pudding," Davis says. "We've heard all this before."
State of play: Eight months after the task force made its 112 recommendations to rethink policing, Davis says he would give the mayor, district attorney and city council a collective grade of "C or C-minus" in effecting meaningful change.
What's next: Saldate needs to be confirmed by the city council, but a voting date has yet to be set, council analyst Emily Lapel tells Axios.
Catch up quick: Mayor Michael Hancock nominated Saldate in early January following Murphy Robinson’s resignation after serving less than 24 months, marking him the third public safety head to step down in two years.
The big picture: As we've previously reported, the police overhaul movement largely lost steam as violent crime has flooded Denver, and the city is spending more money than ever on law enforcement.
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