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Former Chief Whitman Sent To SWAT Unit

Written by Brian Maass DENVER (CBS4) - Former Denver Police Chief Gerry Whitman has been transferred to the Denver Police Department's METRO/SWAT Bureau, according to multiple Denver Police Department sources.

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock replaced Whitman with Chief Robert White in December. But Whitman is not retiring or leaving the police department. Rather, he is maintaining his civil service rank of captain.

Multiple police contacts say Whitman has been transferred to the SWAT team. An officer who answered the phone Wednesday at the SWAT unit said Whitman was on vacation until Jan. 11.

It's unclear if Whitman's transfer to SWAT is temporary or permanent.

METRO is an acronym for Multiple Enforcement Tactical Response Organization and SWAT is for Special Weapons and Tactics.

According to the bureau's website, it has 42 officers and is headquartered in southwest Denver.

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