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District 6 Citizen’s Advisory Group 3/21/19 Meeting Recap (Denver Police Department)

Citizens Advisory Group (CAG) – 3/21/19 District 6 Lead by: Aaron Sanchez, District Commander Attended by: 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. Contact information: cmc@findsolutions.org www.findsolutions.org 303.651.6534 Questions: 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. Scooter laws 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. Community Involvement: 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.

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Facebook Livecast of the March 20 Mayoral Candidate Forum here

These candidates are on the 2019 ballot: Lisa Calderón Jamie Giellis Michael Hancock Kalyn Rose Heffernan Chairman Seku Penfield Tate The following candidate did not submit the required signatures to appear on the ballot but can still collect write-in votes: Kenneth Simpson All of the above appeared at the March 20 Mayoral Candidate Forum at Denver’s Manual High School auditorium. Here are the questions that were posed: What might you say to developers who propose projects that could bring in significant short-term money, but might not align with the long-term vision and needs of the City? What will you do to ensure that Denver’s neighborhoods remain in-tact during this time of growth? What is your plan for addressing the City’s transportation challenges, including increasing access to affordable, convenient, and environmentally friendly alternative transportation throughout the City? What specific policies would you advocate for to prevent displacement of longtime residents and small businesses as demographics change and property values increase? Denver’s recycling rate is significantly below the national average: What can the City do to address better recycling, composting, and trash collection? What are your views about crime in Central Denver, and how do you propose to keep our neighborhoods safe? What is your commitment to ending veteran and chronic homelessness in our community? Do you believe that is possible? The Facebook Live video of the event can be (somewhat seen– poor lighting– and easily heard) HERE. Thanks to all who participated!  

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Deadline extended! Share your thoughts on East Central Area online workshops through 3/22.

Good news! The Denver CPD has extended the deadline for participating in the four East Central Area Plan online workshops to March 22. Additionally, according to Denver CPD, registration is no longer required to leave comments on the workshop exercises addressing key issues like affordability, how to get around, growth and quality of life in the Capitol Hill, North Capitol Hill, City Park, City Park West, Cheesman Park and Congress Park neighborhoods. The online workshops offer the materials and exercises done at in-person neighborhood meetings held last month. If you haven’t already, use the links below to download meeting materials for the presentations, see photos and video, and review and comment on the meeting boards. For the North Capitol Hill & City Park West Plan, submit your feedback HERE. For the East Central Area Wide Plan, submit your feedback HERE.

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