Shootings by Denver officers highest since '06

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DENVER (AP) -- Denver's independent police watchdog says the city's police and sheriff's officers may need more training in dealing with the mentally ill after officer-involved shootings rose to their highest level in seven years.

In a report released Thursday, Independent Monitor Nicholas Mitchell said public safety officials should study the 11 incidents in 2013 to determine whether officers need better tools and training. The report says six people shot by Denver police showed signs of mental illness.

Cmdr. Matthew Murray, the department's chief of staff, told The Denver Post that "crisis-intervention training" is required for officers going through the department's police academy.

But a counselor who worked with the department after an officer fatally shot a 15-year-old developmentally disabled boy in 2003 said the department's training falls short.

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