The April 13th Business Watch meeting addressed assistance with the homeless and transient population. Resources from the meeting:
- Denver Police Department District 6 Contact List
- Denver Ordinance Regarding Aggressive Panhandling
- Citizen’s responsibilities with regards to the trespass agreement
The Colfax Business Improvement District (CBID) has donated $200,000 to the city and the Denver Police Department to finance the installation of High Activity Location Observation (HALO) cameras along Upper Colfax (Colfax Avenue from Grant Street to Josephine Street).
"The Colfax Business Improvement District's partnership with the Denver Police Department marks a significant investment in safety for the retail, and office businesses and residential development along Denver's historic main street," said Stephanie Salazar, CBID economic development director. "The addition of HALO security cameras, installation of 131 LED pedestrian lights, and the results of transportation feasibility study all reinforce an ongoing commitment to the revitalization of Upper Colfax."
DPD Dist. 6 - Bike 6
The All Weather Bike Patrol combines high visibility patrol and close community contact, with the ability to stealthily approach criminal violators without notice. The Bike Patrol engages heavily in proactive enforcement, arresting numerous narcotic violators, as well as public order crimes. Due to their versatility and specialized training, Bike Officers are capable of riding through heavy pedestrian traffic as well as vehicular traffic to respond to calls.
The Bike Patrol patrols the Capitol Hill and Downtown Business District areas throughout the year. The Bike Patrol is utilized for special events in the District 6 area, at local music and sporting venues, as well as conducting Patrol functions. The Bike Patrol has the time and flexibility to focus on solving problems in high crime areas, and is helping to improve the quality of life in the Colfax areas and central Downtown areas.
The Bike Patrol has contributed greatly to the decrease in crime in the area and is another example of bringing Community Policing to the area through Community-Police
Denver Police's urban bike effort needs our attention. In this corridor of Upper Colfax, it is the most effective way to fight crime and maintain a safe environment. According to Denver Police Commander, Tony Lopez, "policing on bikes provides us with the opportunity to ride up on criminals while they are involved in the commission of many crimes." He adds, "It has proven to be a very successful tool in our fight to address crime on E. Colfax Ave and in Civic Center Park."