With the arrival of spring and progression of the new year, Denver police are making every attempt to ensure that 2016 is safer than 2015. Last year crime statistics rose to a high for almost every neighborhood in Denver. In fact, crime record that homicides in the city were the highest last year than they were in the last decade.
Parents of children who have lost friends and family in the last year expect better not just from the police but also the people in the city. Renita Jackson, the 51 year old who was murdered in the city last year, still has family that grieves for her and remembers her. She was an aunt to Misheika Gaddis who hopes to raise her 2 year old in a city that values everyone’s safety and security.
Homicides like Jackson’s weren’t the only cause of worry for the city in 2015 as a variety of crimes were committed in every big or small neighborhood. Looking back at 2014, 1,059 more vehicles were broken into by crooks and thieves. Around 903 more cars and other vehicles were stolen in 2015 as compared to 2014. In the aggravated assaults area, there were 321 more cases registered in the last year than the year before it. Also, 231 more homes experienced a break in and entering and burglary in the last year.
People might think that Denver is alone in this lack of safety and criminal upheaval but that is not true. The FBI reveals that 2015 was unsafe for almost every American city, especially the first half of the year. Kyle Dyer, the news anchor of 9News, had his home burgled just weeks before Christmas. The house is located on a busy street with a lot of people who work remotely from their homes. The thieves and burglars are also getting braver, as is evidenced by Dyer’s burglary which was carried out at 2:30pm.
Robert White, the police chief of Denver, agrees that there is a lot of work that the police has to do this year to curtail crimes and make people’s lives safer. He is mainly talking about the 23 murders that were committed in 2015 and were linked to gangs. Generally, the city doesn’t have to deal with more than a dozen gang related deaths a year but because of 2015’s numbers, the crime stats have been pushed to the brink.
White also adds that there are a number of reasons why the crimes occur in any city and why individuals find it the need to break the law and commit crimes. His plan is threefold to break this cycle. The first is to increase the number of patrol officers that monitor the streets by 40 and set up a new schedule to implement the same. The second is to have shift officers develop strategies that would reduce crimes in specific areas by devoting 35% of their day to this activity. And the final, third prong, is to help build trust with the community because the last year has been trying for both the common people and the police. No one has been spared the brunt of criminals as all kinds of areas have suffered from crimes.
Both White and families of victims like Gaddis believe that giving a voice to people is extremely important in cultivating a feeling of unity in the community. It is also there to inspire gratitude and help air out grievances. People need to believe that they are being protected by the police and the police, in turn, needs its community to believe in its abilities.