In 2019, the Denver Police Department, along with several community partners, was the recipient of the Community-Based Crime Reduction Program (CBCR) U.S. Department of Justice grant. The CBCR grant, valued at nearly one million dollars, is designed to reduce crime through community-oriented and data-driven best practices.
Encompassing one and half square miles between Federal and Sheridan Boulevards and West Alameda and Mississippi Avenues, the Westwood neighborhood is a unique and cultural center point in the City of Denver. However, the Westwood neighborhood has experienced gang and gun crime. Recognizing that reducing crime in Westwood requires more than police enforcement, the CBCR grant allows for funding of community partners to collaborate towards a common goal: improving the quality of life for Westwood residents.
While celebrating the cultural diversity of the Westwood community, we will actively engage youth, adults, families, and local businesses to improve safety, education, access to resources, professional opportunities, and overall quality of life.
To fulfill our mission, the Denver Police Department has created a community engagement team specific to the Westwood Neighborhood. The Westwood Neighborhood Outreach Team is here to connect community members directly with the police department, to provide various types of resources and assistance, and to address safety concerns within Westwood community. We will focus on: community engagement to identify and collaboratively address challenges; providing information to the residents regarding public safety trends; providing residents with educational opportunities; positive contacts with youth and social intervention for at-risk youth; and enhanced enforcement, including increased officer foot and bike patrols.
Our goal is to reduce crime and increase resident safety and involvement, while improving police/community relations.
Westwood Partnership Brochure(PDF, 7MB)
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Outreach team members and location:
4200 Morrison Road, Suite 4
Denver, CO 80219
Officer Raul Silvas
Officer Rich Blea
Officer John Avila
Officer Maria Hernandez-Tapia
Types of resources available:
- Crime Prevention
- Youth Programming
- Homeless Outreach
- Victim Assistance
- Neighbor Mediation
- Healthcare Resources
- Mental Health Resources
- Housing Assistance Resources
- Financial Assistance Resources
- Employment Resources
- Parenting Resources
Our partners and stakeholders:
- Westwood Unidos
- Southwest Denver Coalition
- Denver Housing Authority; Westwood Townhomes
- Mi Casa Resource Center
- BuCu West Development Association
- Owen Boys & Girls Club
- Denver Indian Center
- Little Saigon Business District / Walk Denver
- Gang Reduction Initiative of Denver (GRID)
- OMNI Institute; Social Science Research Firm