Mayor Hancock announces second phase of city public safety strategy

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DENVER (KDVR) — Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock announced the second phase of his city public safety recovery plan Monday.

“Cities across the country are seeing increased crime resulting from the shock of this pandemic,” Hancock said “The situation in Denver is, unfortunately, no different. What is different, however, is our pro-active approach to keeping people and neighborhoods safe.”

The recovery plan, revealed by Hancock and his administration this year, focuses on the recovery of Denver’s economy, the city’s unhoused, and community safety.

Aside from city land at Denver International Airport, five areas in the city that account for 1.56% of the city’s landmass accounted for 26% of homicides and aggravated assaults, along with 49% of shootings in the city. There will be a bigger emphasis on these hotspots, and freeing up more resources for community policing.

“We are committed to reducing crime, especially violent crime, and addressing underlying factors using all available City resources,” said Denver Police Chief Paul M. Pazen. “This is also a call to action for residents, faith-based groups, neighborhood and business associations and non-profits to partner with us, be it through community outreach, sharing crime prevention tips, reporting crime and safety issues, and more, to help increase safety and prevent crime in our neighborhoods.”

Deborah Powell has lived in the Park Hill neighborhood since the 80s, and said she’s having a hard time believe it’s now considered a new crime hotspot.

“I’m not totally in agreement with that because in every neighborhood there’s crime,” said Powell.

It’s help for kids she says that’s needed most.

Under the city’s public safety recovery plan, more police are expected in neighborhoods along with other agencies.

“By using data, we can focus efforts in that collaborative police model prevent crimes from happening in the first place,” said Denver Police Chief Paul Pazen.

Powell said she sees her neighborhood transforming  and wouldn’t live anywhere else.

Public Safety Director Murphy Robinson also announced the creation of a new Transformation & Policy Division within the department, requiring all public safety agencies to establish and use best practices to improve culture and operations.

You can re-watch the announcement on FOX31 NOW in the player above.

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