Why have models of Colorado’s coronavirus trajectory been off? I have to let my voice be counted.

Rather, the idea is to shrink portions of the department over time, shifting cash to other methods of keeping the city safe, Gruber said.

A sweeping police reform bill introduced by the state Legislature in response to the protests was passed by large bipartisan majorities.

Or do want professionals who are trained in relationship violence who are connected with the various agencies that serve women who experience abuse?” Gruber said. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email.

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And they’re the ones that are engaged in neighborhood disputes, they’re engaged with our homeless population, doing a lot of innovative things.”. Our stories may be republished online or in print under Creative Commons license CC BY-NC-ND 4.0. COVID-19 and money for law enforcement both shape the city's priorities.

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City officials read aloud dozens of comments from residents who advocated for dismantling or defunding the Aurora police department while Mayor Mike Coffman, a former Republican member of Congress, looked on.

Next year’s spending plan will be meted out starting next month.

“We all just have to take a deep breath and be patient.". Calls to defund the police now echo inside Denver City Council chambers as several members say they support changing the makeup of the city’s police ... Kniech said it starts with the 2021 budget. But the position of mayor is still ripped, muscularly speaking.

“We’re open to alternative responses in areas where it might not make the most sense for a police officer to respond.”. But it’s a necessary conversation meant to make Denver a safer and more equitable city.

Denver Police Chief Paul Pazen fell short of supporting the defund the police movement, but said he is willing to discuss new ideas and the men and women in the department are as well. We voted on sales taxes for climate change and homelessness, pit bulls, public internet, city council powers and a bunch of other stuff.

Activists have staged Black Lives Matter demonstrations in dozens of cities and small towns across Colorado in the weeks since Floyd’s death, from Aurora and Boulder to Alamosa and Rifle. “I understand people’s frustrations, and there is always room to make improvements and implement big changes if they are necessary,” Hancock said. Denver’s police spending ranks much higher, however, when measured on a per-capita basis; at over $382 per resident, it will spend more on its police department this year than all but three other large Colorado municipalities: Lakewood, at $396 per resident; Englewood, at $482 per resident; and Grand Junction, which at $568 per resident boasts a police budget larger than that of several Colorado towns nearly twice its size.