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Police want permanent presence downtown

The city of Colorado Springs is stepping up its presence downtown — with more police, better focus on homeless services and the possibility of a police substation downtown on Tejon Street. “It’s not finalized, but we’re really looking hard to have space downtown,” said Colorado Springs Police Commander Pat Rigdon. That would be in the… Continue Reading Police want permanent presence downtown

Vagrants incite business owners

Downtown’s vagrant presence has reached such proportions, business owners are digging into their own pockets to hire extra security. Also, an effort by a cadre of women business owners has led to police placing more emphasis on the problem. Downtown business owner and investor Kevin O’Neil says he’ll commit $20,000 to hire around-the-clock security to… Continue Reading Vagrants incite business owners

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Panel: Strict school discipline should be scrapped

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Colorado lawmakers and police said Monday that strict disciplinary policies at schools created after the Columbine High School shootings should be scaled back or scrapped and that administrators should have more control over student punishment. The state laws put in place after high-profile cases of youth violence have tied the hands of school administrators with… Continue Reading Panel: Strict school discipline should be scrapped

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Pueblo police limit officers’ social networking

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A new Pueblo police policy says officers cannot identify themselves as members of the force on their personal social network accounts unless they’ve been authorized by the chief. The Pueblo Chieftain reported Monday that the policy affects social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and MySpace. Officers are no longer allowed to post photos of… Continue Reading Pueblo police limit officers’ social networking

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Random commercial vehicle inspections Aug. 18

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Local law enforcement agencies are partnering to conduct random commercial vehicle safety inspections on Aug. 18. The Colorado Springs Police Department, the Colorado State Patrol, the Colorado Department of Revenue, the El Paso County Sheriff’s department and the Monument Police Department will be teaming up for the inspections While random inspections are common, it’s uncommon… Continue Reading Random commercial vehicle inspections Aug. 18

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Stimulus grants to save police jobs

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American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grants totaling $16.5 million will fund 65 law enforcement jobs, including six positions in the El Paso County D.A.’s office for juvenile diversion that were scheduled to be terminated. In all, Recovery Act grants will support 77 programs, including eight statewide projects costing $6.5 million. The remaining 69 programs costing… Continue Reading Stimulus grants to save police jobs

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Police get grants to catch car thieves

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Front Range police departments have received $2 million in grants from the Colorado Auto Theft Prevention Authority to help catch car thieves. Eight awards were given to seven multi-jurisdictional auto theft task forces made up of 34 law enforcement agencies. “The bad economy threatens to increase Colorado’s auto theft problem at a time when local… Continue Reading Police get grants to catch car thieves

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The Colorado Springs Police Department said this morning that it has requested $11.7 million in federal funding related to the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act.

Most of the money would be used to support additional personnel, including $5.8 million to hire 28 new police officers and pay their salaries for three years. Other money would be used to hire administrative personnel, to replace bulletproof vests and to address other departmental needs.

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