We serve and protect
Municipalities provide events at community centers, classes at recreation centers (for people of all ages), and may even offer computer classes. In the warmer months, some municipalities offer free outdoor public concerts where families are invited to have a picnic on the lawn while listening to great local music. Public art may not be in a museum but scattered around town in recreation centers, the city or town hall, on the streets, libraries, and parks; selection and purchase of public arts frequently is coordinated through an art commission or committee.
Many Colorado cites and towns operate their own police departments. The officers and civilian employees who work for these agencies provide many emergency, as well as nonemergency, services for their communities. Some police departments include personnel assigned to animal control and/or code enforcement duties; some staff the 9-1-1 centers that receive calls for assistance and dispatch fire, emergency medical, and law enforcement personnel.
Colorado’s police departments offer a wide range of services to the tax-paying public. These agencies operate 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Officers respond to emergency calls ranging from serious crimes in progress to vehicle accidents. Officers take reports on already-occurred crimes and investigate to determine the identity of the offenders responsible. Whenever possible, the culprits are arrested and entered into the criminal justice system to stand trial for their alleged crimes. Officers assist prosecutors during the sometimes-lengthy justice process.
Most Colorado police chiefs urge their officers to interact with the public on an informal basis as much as possible. This style of community policing sees officers spending as much time as possible out of their cars and meeting people both in residential and commercial areas. The idea is to strengthen the problem-solving partnership that exists between the police and the customers they serve.
Local law enforcement officers are perhaps the most visible to citizens in their role as enforcers of traffic laws. Officers issue both summonses and warnings in an attempt to reduce traffic-related injuries and fatalities on Colorado’s roads. Police also participate in education programs in schools and elsewhere aimed at providing information to drivers on safe and unsafe traffic behavior.
Local police conduct programs on crime prevention and public information topics. Subjects covered are virtually limitless but often include child safety, burglary prevention, sexual assault prevention, domestic violence prevention, vehicle theft prevention, bicycle safety, neighborhood watch, drug abuse prevention, gang prevention and response, and credit card scams.
Many police departments maintain their own websites that are very informative. Visit your city or town’s website and look for a police department page to find information relating to citizen police academies, crime prevention advice, employment with the police agency, online crime reporting, general (nonemergency) telephone number to contact for nonemergency questions or comments, and how to request a program from your local police department.
Muncipalities in action
City of Firestone: Positive police-resident relations
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