District Four

 Officer with the community

How to Get Involved

Community group involvement keeps you informed about the specific issues and important events in your neighborhood. Crime prevention in your specific neighborhood can be molded by your active role in the decision-making process often spearheaded by organized neighborhood associations. 

The Citizen’s Advisory Group (CAG) meeting is designed for your community. Not only do you hear about the statistics for the entire district, you also get to ask the Commander your specific questions. It’s a great opportunity to meet your local Denver Police officers, while staying informed. 

District 4 CAG meetings are held the 2nd Wednesday of the month, and rotate each month between 9am and 6pm.  If you would like an ASL interpreter, please email us at DPDDistrict4@denvergov.org at least three business days prior to the meeting.  Meeting reminders are posted on Nextdoor.com.

Together with Westwood

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.

Westwood Grant Logo

Our Mission

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

Community Resource Officers

Community Resource Officers (CRO) provide assistance on issues such as neighbor disputes, public nuisances, zoning issues, fraud and crime prevention, and other neighborhood concerns. They attend regular neighborhood organization meetings and provide training on issues such as neighborhood watch, commercial and home security, gang awareness, crime prevention, and much more. 

District 4 Community Resource Officers:

Officer Jerami Chavez
Sector 2: Neighborhoods south of Mississippi Avenue

Officer Ana Munoz
Sector 1: Neighborhoods north of Mississippi Avenue

Officer Jason Anderson
Special Events/School Visits

Outreach Case Coordinator

The Outreach Case Coordinator (OCC) program is part of DPD's commitment to approaching public safety services with a focus on helping to address the needs of our residents. This is accomplished by providing long-term connections to available services and supports. Clients could include community members who are experiencing substance misuse, behavioral health issues, homelessness or needing housing system navigation, immigrant and refugee system navigation, human services navigation, and many others.

What does an Outreach Case Coordinator Do?

  • Build a bridge between the community and the Denver Police Department
  • Provide educational material that highlights service providers to individuals who are in need
  • Assist individuals and families with finding available services
  • Help identify the individual's goals and needs
  • Maintain communication with individuals to evaluate the plan to ensure it is meeting the client's goals

Outreach Case Coordinator Program Brochure (English/Spanish)(PDF, 2MB)

District 4 Outreach Case Coordinator:

Karen Villagrana

District Commander

Commander Mark Fleecs

Commander Mark Fleecs was appointed as District Four Commander in August 2015.  For the three years prior to that, he was the Commander of the Investigative Support Division, which was home to many units including those responsible for investigating gang, human trafficking, and vice-related crime, as well as marijuana crime enforcement.

Since joining the Denver Police Department in 1991, Commander Fleecs has served in a variety of assignments in both patrol and investigations.  He is committed to crime prevention through problem-solving and building police-community relationships.

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