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Notes from June, 2020 District 6 Police Commander’s Community Advisory Board meeting

District 6 encompasses neighborhoods from Union Station downtown to the CBD, Five Points, Cap Hill, North Cap Hill, Uptown, City Park West and Cheeseman. This month’s (June 2020) DPD District 6 community meeting was a remote meeting, hosted on Microsoft Teams. There were around twenty community members present, in addition to officers Teresa Gillian and Austen Munson, and Sgt. David Albi. (Sorry– I didn’t catch the other names, but probably those cc’d on the e-mail from DPD: Lts Kenneth Chavez and Tony Gallawa). City Councilman Chris Hinds was among community attendees. The usual monthly crime report was given, a slide show of neighborhoods in District 6. April through end-of-May stats include the following, which reflect both COVID-19 impacts (e.g. domestic violence rates related possibly to the stay-at-home order) and protests/riots. (“Protests” here refers to lawful gathering; “riots” to property damage and violence). City overview — Violent crime was down 2.4%. Property crimes were up 11.8%. Overall crime was down .5%. Domestic violence calls were up 1.7%. Traffic accidents were down 4.1%. Crime Notes (by neighborhood in the district) Union Station– break-ins were up. Two assaults were related to protest activity. CBD — Crimes related to the protests caused some spikes, especially in property and “public & other” crimes (trespassing, drugs, other). There has been an increase in motor vehicle thefts (two Jeeps were stolen, only one recovered). North Cap Hill — Violent crime was up 150%, related to the protests. Property crimes up 41% and “public and other” crime up 100%. Cap Hill — Violent crime up 145%. Property crime up 20%… and “public and other” crime was up 573%. Officer Munson said that “when we see this stuff all over the news, we see an increase in these incidents.” City Park West: Violenc crime was up 54%, mostly domestic violence related to COVID-19 stay-at-home. Property crimes were down 19%. “Public and other” crimes were up 69%. Community members are advised that garages are targeted and are related to bike thefts. The takeaway is to always keep garage doors closed when not actually present in the garage– and to register bikes and make sure they are locked up. We are also advised to keep valuables out of vehicles or at least locked and out of sight. Honda, Subarus and Ford F150s most need clubs (owners can contact the PD for a free club). Protest/policing discussion notes* The floor was open to questions; community members were invited to talk about the protests, and police officers acknowledged collective trauma. Three officers were injured when a car mowed them down (two had broken legs). They are on the mend. Neighborhoods were vandalized, stores and public property defaced and civilians hurt. Councilman Hinds said that he was at the protests and there was a huge difference between (peaceful) daytime protests and more rowdy or violent nighttime protest-related activity that became out of control and riotous. He hopes to understand all stories and to listen to all perspectives. Denver is “not Minneapolis,” Sgt. Albi said.…

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From District 6 Officer Gillian

Hi! I hope you are ALL healthy and well.  Please see the [letter and] Press Release [below letter] from the Denver Police Department in relation to staying safe physically, mentally and emotionally during this time of increases stress and quarantine. During these challenged times, it is imperative that we take care of ourselves but more importantly, that we take care of each other. If you see a crime in progress, please call 911.  With more people home, our neighborhood watch should be in full effect with the incredibly increase of eyes and ears in our neighborhoods.  Also, please remember to be vigilant of the businesses that are closed.  When you are out for essential business, exercising or walking your dog, keep your social distancing and PLEASE make sure you to call 911 if you see suspicious activity in our nonessential retail locations.  If you have a business that is currently closed, we want to help provide signage to deter criminal activity at your place of business.  Remember that those who are considered “nonessential” are counting on the residents, remote security systems and the police department to keep watch while they can not be present. If we do this, we will be a good neighbor. In closing, please remember to stay home and only travel out of necessity.  We are all this together and will be on the other side shortly.  Please feel free to share this valuable information on your forums, internal communications and services for the homeless. Stay healthy and be well! Respectfully, Officer Theresa Gillian Denver Police Department 720.663.8203  Resources for Residents Experiencing Abuse in the Home  DENVER – These are challenging times, but the City and County of Denver is doing its part to ensure that those who find themselves in hard times have the help and access to the resources they need. This is especially true for those who live with an abusive partner. Regardless of the stay at home order, there continues to be resources and support for victims of domestic violence and child abuse. “Staying safe and healthy during this time isn’t just about washing your hands or physical distancing, it’s about ensuring that where we ‘stay at home’ is safe, too,” said Mayor Michael B. Hancock. “If you are housed with your abuser, you are allowed to leave to find a safe place to shelter. If you need help with that, there are resources for you.” There are simple ways to reduce the stress COVID-19 brings, such as, limiting the amount of news you watch or read, going for a walk while minding social distancing, playing a board game, reading a book, limiting anything that could alter your judgement, such as alcohol or marijuana, taking a timeout if things become too much, and many others ideas to help create a positive and safe place at home. A video from Mayor Hancock with a message about COVID-19 and home safety can be accessed by clicking here. Resources regarding domestic violence and child abuse: Denver Police services…

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Covid-19 epidemic resources: Food. Child care. Hunger relief. Information. Volunteer opps.

Below are a number of useful links, which we’ll try to keep updated: WHO Coronavirus dashboard Volunteer (Colorado governor’s website) Donate (Colorado governor’s website) Connect (NextDoor) News (Denver Post) Free internet from Comcast for 2 months Denver Public Schools and CV-19 AARP (great information and resources for seniors here) Department of Labor and Employment (file for unemployment) Denver Rescue Mission Metro Care Ring Information on the Families First Coronavirus Act to help families in time of unemployment Information on the Defense Production Act that will suspend evictions  Information about your credit card payments and what credit card companies are doing to alleviate your burden IRS Coronavirus tax relief Hunger relief (updated March 23, 2020) Child care needs survey and resource (updated March 23, 2020)  

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New member invitation!

We need you! While our Facebook group indeed currently provides the service of facilitating communication among more than 1,700 neighbors, you might be surprised to learn that City Park West Neighborhood Association Facebook group participants are not de facto automatic members of the RNO! Our board hopes to grow formal CPWNA Association Membership by 1000% in 2020, thereby expanding our reach, our neighborhood voice and our effectiveness. Individuals, households and businesses all within the boundaries of City Park West are eligible for membership. Individual/household members signal their engagement in the neighborhood and enjoy great, new relationships and local networking capacity (and the occasional perk at a local shop, restaurant or pub). Individuals/households can join for a nominal $15. annual fee which allows us to produce and publicize neighborhood community-building and informative events, and to undertake fundraising for special projects. Those who cannot afford a paid membership may opt to join for free. Business Members ($25. annual fee) support the neighborhood, make themselves visible as interdependent upon local neighbors, and may post up to one special event or promotion a month on the CPWNA Facebook page. Business owners in CPWNA are also eligible for board membership. Members receive newsletters and e-mail notification of neighborhood events, initiatives and impacts; are eligible for board leadership, and may propose, chair or participate in special-interest committees ranging from historic preservation to homelessness; from transportation to the arts. For more information, click here.  

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Notes from Jan. 2020 District 6 Police Commander’s Community Advisory Board meeting

Every third Thursday, District 6 Commander Aaron Sanchez and officers hold a community meeting at the District 6 station on Washington Street just north of Colfax. All community members are invited. Meetings are posted on NextDoor, and with 3 days’ notice, an ASL interpreter can be present. The meetings are at 10:00 a.m., but recently the Commander has begun to alternate times: every other month, there’s an evening convening instead. You can contact one of the two community officers, Officer Gillian  Teresa.Gillian@denvergov.org (720) 913-2908 or Officer Munson Austen.Munson@denvergov.org  (720) 913-2906 for more information. Package thefts are up, way up. With Amazon Prime delivering stuff to our doorsteps, the likelihood of that stuff being stolen increases. Do what you can to minimize the visibility of packages on your doorstep or to have the packages delivered to you at work or when you are home. Track your packages so you know when they are coming. Install a camera. Sign up for Key by Amazon: those are a few ways to make theft less likely, but those of course won’t work for everybody. Neighborhood Watch is another way: get everyone’s active eyes on the activity in the neighborhood. Consider forming a Neighborhood Watch on your block. Homelessness and related concerns: Sgt. Brian Conover is the supervisor of the Homeless Outreach Team. They have two teams active, one day and one night. Their primary role is outreach. It is more difficult, without the camping ban, to approach and connect with people living outdoors: the ban gives police a reason to approach and to find out if they can get people help, services, etc. Living outdoors on the streets in the city is bad for everybody, and the DPD is committed to trying to get folks situated in the safest indoor places they can. Citations are rare and are a last resort (emphatically so, and repeated: a last resort). There are usually 100-150 available beds in Denver at any time. Not everyone wants to use them: shelters feel unsafe, other options are limited (although in some cases, motel rooms are provided) and not everyone wants to be indoors. The police work closely with a number of organizations to do outreach, needle cleanup, connection with services, etc. Protests: With divisive discourses abounding, the impeachment and the upcoming elections,  this coming year is expected to be a doozy for protests, and the DPD are prepared. Mounted patrol: the Mounted Patrol are looking for events where community members, especially kids, can get to know them and the horses. Contact one of the Community Officers for our district, Teresa Gillian (720) 913-2908 or Austen Munson (720) 913-2906.    

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Notes from Dec. 2019 District 6 Police Commander’s Community Advisory Board meeting

Every third Thursday, District 6 Commander Aaron Sanchez and officers hold a community meeting at the District 6 station on Washington Street just north of Colfax. All community members are invited. Meetings are posted on NextDoor, and with 3 days’ notice, an ASL interpreter can be present. The meetings are at 10:00 a.m., but recently the Commander has begun to alternate times: every other month, there’s an evening convening instead. You can contact one of the two community officers, Officer Gillian  Teresa.Gillian@denvergov.org (720) 913-2908 or Officer Munson Austen.Munson@denvergov.org  (720) 913-2906 for more information. Read with a student who needs your help! DPD District 6 participates in the Reading Partners program, and encourages neighbors to do the same. In its 2018-2019 Regional Impact Report, Reading Partners provide the statistics: 800 students served by 1,023 community tutors… 80% of Reading Partner students meet or exceed their end-of-year literacy goals… and 86% develop mastery of key foundational reading skills to read at grade level. Community volunteers for this program volunteer one hour a week to read with a child. Flexible weekday volunteer times are available. No formal teaching experience is required.  A flexible, easy-to-follow curriculum is provided. To volunteer, contact volunteerCO@readingpartners.org, or (720) 409-9909. Bike thefts  The best way to address bike theft is to prevent it yourself, and to prepare it to be more easily identified if it IS stolen: Store you bike indoors, in a locked place. When securing it outside, use a quality lock and include the frame and front wheel (cable locks are easily cut). Lock your bike to a secure structure. Register your bike online at www.denvergov.org/police– in case it gets stolen in spite of your efforts. Registered bikes are way more likely to get identified and returned. Include owner identification somewhere ON the bike: a business card or phone number pushed inside the seat tube, for example. Keep the bike’s serial number and a photo of the bike. Frustrated that this doesn’t address the groups of people we see all over the neighborhood with dis-assembled bike parts? Police will do their best to recover bikes, but approaching people and their bike parts with no evidence of crime having been committed (and often no way to prove a theft) is not something they do– or at least, that was the clearest response this reporter was able to get. Neighborhood Watch: The DPD wants District 6 community members to start Neighborhood Watch programs. Contact the community officers noted above, Officer Gillian or Munson, if you can get together a group of residents from your block to sit down for a 45-minute meeting and learn how to create this partnership.        

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Youth Art Contest & Showcase on July 13 from 10AM – 12PM at Scoops!

To celebrate the Colorado Black Arts Festival, we’re hosting an Arts Contest for young artists (up to age 17). Please use the back of the art contest flyer for your submission by downloading it here: ART CONTEST FLYER or picking it up at Scoops Ice Cream. Judging will take place at Scoops Ice Cream on July 13, 2019 at 10AM. The Black Arts Festival Parade will also pass by Scoops at this time, so plan to stay. Contest participants: enjoy a free ice cream from 11AM-noon. When: July 13, 2019 Where: Scoops Ice Cream 1426 E 22nd Avenue, Denver, CO 80205 Themes (to start you off, but go where your imagination takes you): What does cultural diversity mean to you? What figure (in Denver, nationally, or globally) has benefited your life or the lives of those in our community? Who has influenced your life positively? What positive impact would you like to make? Bring your artwork to Scoops Ice Cream! You’ll be asked to provide your name, your guardian’s name, and your guardian’s best mode of contact: email and/or phone number. FREE ICE CREAM FOR ALL PARTICIPANTS FROM 11-NOON ON JULY 13! Winners will be announced at noon.

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East Central Area Workshop on May 21, 2019 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Save the date for the next meeting on the East Central Area Plan. Mark your calendars because the next community workshop for the East Central Area Plan is on the horizon. Come tell us what you think about recommendations for: Design quality and neighborhood character Small, local businesses Affordable housing Sidewalks, pedestrian crossings and bike lanes Parks, trees, and water quality features Healthy food options East Central Area Workshop 6-8 p.m., Tuesday May 21 Church in the City – Beth Abraham, 1580 N. Gaylord Street Dinner, childcare and Spanish interpretation will be provided. If you need a sign language interpreter or CART Services, contact SignLanguageServices@denvergov.org at least three business days ahead of the meeting you’d like to attend. For other public accommodation requests/concerns related to a disability, please contact DisabilityAccess@denvergov.org. NOTE: This is a meeting being held by the City & County of Denver. More information should be directed to the contact identified at the event website located at: East Central Area Plan

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