Jason Haferman

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Service Record

Fort Collins Colorado Police Services

Rank Officer
Dates of Service Ended December 2, 2022.[1]
Salary $93,565 (2020)[2]
Last Known Status Resigned[1]

Incident Reports

2021-2022 False Arrests

On December 3, 2021, Haferman stopped Harris Elias for driving under the influence. Haferman claimed that he could "smell a faint odor of alcohol". Since Elias' son was in the car, Elias was also charged with child abuse. A blood test showed that Elias had no alcohol or drugs in his system.[3]

In March 2022, a judge found that Haferman's testimony in court was "inconsistent" and sometimes "contrary to the evidence".[4]

In April 2022, Haferman arrested Derrick Groves for driving under the influence, and claimed that Groves "had blood shot, glassy eyes, and his pupils appeared to be different sizes". A blood test showed that Groves had no drugs or alcohol in his system.[5]

An internal review of DUI cases showed that nine of Haferman's arrests in the last year came back as having no drugs or alcohol involved.[1]

The department's officers made 504 DUI arrests in 2021, and 11 came back with no drugs shown. Haferman was responsible for 191 of the department's DUI arrests that year, and was the arresting officer in eight of the 11 cases that tested negative.[5]

Response Timeline

In May 2022, Haferman moved from DUI enforcement to regular patrols.[1]

In September 2022, Haferman was placed on administrative duty.[1]

In October 2022, Haferman was placed on leave pending an internal investigation.[1]

The investigation "revealed a pattern of performance that did not meet the training and standards" required by the department. The department concluded that no laws had been broken.[1]

On December 2, 2022, Haferman resigned.[1]

On May 3, 2023, five separate lawsuits were filed against Haferman by people who he arrested. Also named in the lawsuits were his sergeant, the city, and an unnamed corporal.[4]

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