Citizens Advisory Group (CAG) – 3/21/19
Lead by: Aaron Sanchez, District Commander
- Officer Teresa Gilliam, Community Resource Officer
- Officer Austen Muson, Community Resource Officer
- City Attorney
- Division Chief Ron Thomas, Patrol Division
Overall Denver, Crimes Down in the last 28 days
Violent – 10%
Property – 5%
Domestic – 6%
District 6 only, Crimes Down in the last 28 days
Violent – 11%
Property – 11%
Domestic – 11%
Commander Sanchez went over some items that needed more attention that they have or will put in place:
- Officers were setting up in LODO areas during bar out times, now they are being proactive and setting up earlier in the evenings and becoming more visible
- In the event of numerous calls at the same time that tie up resources, they are utilizing department grants (interdepartment) and supplementing with other district officers.
- Utilizing spotters on roof tops in LODO areas, identifying possible incidents
- Using patrol cars to barricade streets downtown during high traffic/events
- Setting up and using Ghost cars in neighborhoods
- Extending hours to 4:00 am for the Halo team (private company that monitor cameras)
- Requested second scout car (paddy wagon), presently have 1 and it can take up to an hour to transport someone from incidents to holding.
- Determined some areas had insufficient street lighting, contacted Xcel Energy — they came out cleaned and fixed lighting. Also set up mobile lighting downtown around the 1400 and 1500 Blocks of market.
- DUI checkpoints are periodically being set up downtown
There was a presentation by the Community Mediation Concepts program. They can provide mediation, facilitation and conflict resolution with neighbor disputes, landlord tenant issues, even police and citizen complaints. Most mediation sessions are free.
Would they consider having CAG meetings in the evening so more people could attend?
- Yes, they are considering having 3 per year, June 20 will be first one –time to be determined
Prop300 impacts – response by the City Attorney Office.
- If it passes, it will undo existing law presently in place.
- Officers and/or citizens will not be able to harass anyone camping in parks and if it happens, they would face criminal charges.
- What are the laws and how are they enforceable? Where can they be ridden (street/sidewalk, what is the recourse if someone causes an accident while riding, etc.)
- City Attorney says they are presently working on them as they came about so fast in the city. Austen is going to email me what information is presently available.
- Halloween party – Commander Sanchez talked about the yearly party at the station, they decorate it, dress up and hand out candy. It is an all-day affair and takes a couple days in advance to set up and decorate and then all day event on Halloween. They welcome the public to volunteer, either for set up or day of event.