It is no secret that our crime rates have gone up dramatically. We have seen a 145% rise in property crime, particularly in package theft and auto theft. No District neighborhood has been more impacted by this increase in crime than East Colfax, where residents have seen a 163% rise in violent person-on-person crime in addition to the property crime. To help support the community, our office partnered with DPD and local neighborhood organizations to write a grant application that will pay for staffing for a pilot community policing program along East Colfax from Monaco to Yosemite, and from 11th Ave. to 17th Ave.
We are pleased to announce that the State has awarded us over $260,000 for implementation of this program. The overwhelming support of the District 5 Community – including more than 28 letters and hundreds of petition signatures – put our application over the top. Thank you to all who participated in the process.