Assessors impressed with “Innovative” Arvada Agency
Arvada, Colorado May 5, 2016 – The Arvada Police Department has received an $875,000 grant from the Department of Justice Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Hiring Program. Arvada was one of 17 agencies in Colorado to apply for the grant and the only one to receive it.
Arvada has hired seven additional officers as a result of the grant. All seven candidates are currently in the police academy and set to graduate on June 9, 2016.
Applicants were asked to identify a specific crime and disorder problem/focus area, and how the COPS funding would be used to initiate or enhance their capacity to implement community policing approaches to the problem/focus area.
“Knowing that the City was growing and the demand for services would increase, Arvada opened the Lake Arbor and West Woods Community Stations in March 2014,” said Deputy Chief Link Strate. “Our funding request focused on continuing our deployment strategy as our City continues to grow. By receiving this grant, the Department of Justice endorsed and invested in the vision that Chief Wick set for our department in 2007 when we began moving to a decentralized, community-based policing model. “
The City of Arvada is currently divided into three police sectors; Adams in the northeast, Baker in the downtown/central area and Charlie on the western side of town. Sectors are based on population and volume of calls for service (CFS).
“Charlie sector was, geographically, always larger than Adam and Baker. The three sectors were initially designed based on their population and Calls For service (CFS). However, as the population and CFS in the NW portion of the City continue to grow, the need to develop Delta Sector is the next logical step in our decentralized deployment strategy,“ said Strate.
On March 17, 2016, Department of Justice assessors visited the Arvada Police Department including its West Woods and Lake Arbor Community Stations. As part of their visit, assessors discussed the department’s crime prevention efforts, officer training in community policing and community relations efforts. Assessors also met with community leaders to discuss the police department’s role in economic development and city vitality.
"The Arvada Chamber of Commerce recognizes the community impact and business engagement that the Arvada Police Department has achieved,” said Kami Welch, President of the Arvada Chamber of Commerce. “We are proud of our partnership with the Police Department and are grateful for their responsiveness, positive role in the community and genuine interest in the safety and success of Arvada."
The Arvada Police Department’s community-based policing model is designed to be fluid, collaborative and responsive to the community. Officers work at the community station in the specific areas of the city for which they are responsible. By having officers work in the very sectors with the residents and businesses they are responsible for policing, they have a better knowledge and understanding of issues within the community and the best way of addressing them – tackling issues before they become real problems.
Delta sector is currently being deployed from within Charlie sector at the West Woods Community Station and Arvada plans to eventually build a fourth community station within Delta sector itself.
About Arvada Police
The Arvada Police department, established in 1945, was the first agency in Colorado to be accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies. Arvada boasts one of the lowest crime rates in the metro area. Over 230 employees serve more than 100,000 residents and businesses and are committed to the principles of responsibility, dedication and respect. Learn more by visiting www.arvadapd.org or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
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