One of the most effective crime-fighting tools used by the Arvada Police Department is Directed Police Intervention (DPI). This effort brings members of the police department and other City work groups together to identify geographic areas in the city impacted by spikes in crime.
Resources are deployed into the area with the goal to reduce crime and the fear of crime.
After the successful Directed Police Intervention (DPI) along the Wadsworth Corridor earlier this year, another effort was initiated this past November in the Water Tower Development community and in Olde Town Arvada.
DPI goals include
- crime reduction,
- increasing officer initiated activity,
- decreasing citizen calls for service and
- forging new and strengthening existing community partnerships.
After contacting citizens, and meeting with business owners and property managers, the Community Response Impact Team in conjunction with Patrol officers and members of the Criminal Investigations Bureau were able to document a double-digit decrease in overall crime.
Residents and business owners noted fewer young transients were in the area after several arrests were made in November.
As a result of the Water Tower DPI effort, crime in the area dropped 35%.
"It's more than addressing criminal activity in DPI areas," said Deputy Chief Lynn Johnson. "By meeting with citizens and members of our business community and listening to their input we are fostering strong partnerships that will last beyond the DPI focus and continue in the future."