Arvada Police Officer Josh Hotchkiss was recognized by the Masonic Paul Revere Lodge #130 during the organization's annual appreciation night on October 27, 2010.
Officer Hotchkiss was honored, in part, due to his efforts as a member of the Community Response Impact Team (CRIT) to address crime in the Olde Town area in the summer of 2010.
Officer Hotchkiss, fellow CRIT members, patrol officers and detectives in the Criminal Investigations Bureau developed an action plan to identify and arrest criminals including an individual selling drugs to area school children. As part of the response plan they also set up a sting and made an arrest while the suspect was stealing a "bait bike."
The efforts of Officer Hotchkiss and his fellow officers had a significant impact on all crime, especially the chronic problem of First Degree Criminal Trespasses occurring in the area, reducing them to nearly zero.
The CRIT unit continues to work to improve the quality of life issues in Olde Town by meeting with Olde Town merchants and Historic Olde Town Arvada (HOTA) to further open lines of communication and gain better understanding of problems and possible solutions in the area.
Officer Hotchkiss also serves as a member of the Jefferson County Regional S.W.A.T. Team dedicating himself to rigorous training and being utilized in situations which exceed the tactical capabilities of standard law enforcement personnel and weaponry.
The Arvada Police Department is proud to claim Officer Hotchkiss as part of their agency.