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Winter Highlights #7: Public Safety to receive boost in 2018

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo – Thanks to the passage of ballot measure 2A and a dedicated source of revenue to fund stormwater projects, a significant amount of the City’s General Fund has been freed up to fund public safety.  Both the Colorado Springs police and fire departments will see increased funding and personnel in 2018.

Colorado Springs Fire Department will add 10 new fire department positions; eight firefighters, one fire inspector, and one administrative position in the Division of the Fire Marshal.  The 2018 Training Academy will hire 28 fire trainees, bringing the CSFD staffing numbers back to pre-2008 recession numbers. The department will also get two new Type I Fire Engines next year in addition to three new brush trucks and a squad truck recently added to its fleet.

Colorado Springs Police Department will add 20 new police officers in 2018, with the overall goal to hire 120 more officers over the next five years.  CSPD will also be able to begin updating its aging fleet of vehicles.

Colorado Springs Fire Department celebrated the grand-reopening of Fire Station 1, complete with a pull through apparatus bay, updated systems and technology, and modern upgrades to the kitchen, sleeping quarters and offices.  Built in 1925, Fire Station 1 is one of the oldest remaining civic structures still operating in its original use.

Colorado Springs Police Department broke ground on a new Sand Creek Substation to replace the current outdated and outgrown station in southeast Colorado Springs. The new station will provide a state of the art facility, double the size of the current station, from which officers will be better able to serve the community and will be a safe, welcoming a place for residents to meet. The new station will open in 2019.

Additional 2017 Highlights

Colorado Springs Fire Department Wildfire Mitigation works with homeowners to reduce wildfire risk

Colorado Springs Fire Department’s Wildfire Mitigation team worked with 113 Homeowner Associations and 3,899 residents to help reduce risk and protect our community from the devastation of wildfire.  Over 1,844 acres were treated and over 500 tons of woody material chipped (approximately the size of 1.5 Olympic swimming pools filled!). Colorado Springs now has 25 Firewise Communities.

The Division of the Fire Marshal received a $1 Million grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for fuels management projects in Ute Valley Park and in an open space adjacent to the Broadmoor Bluffs neighborhood identified as at-risk in the City’s Community Wildfire Protection Plan. Although this grant is not the only source of grant funding the program has received, it is one of the largest sums of funding to be awarded to the program to continue wildfire mitigation efforts in the city.

Colorado Springs Police Department Receives High Honors with Ninth Consecutive National Accreditation Award

The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) serves as the Gold Standard for best practices for law enforcement agencies.  The Colorado Springs Police Department (CSPD) has again fully demonstrated its commitment to excellence by living up to a body of performance standards deemed essential to the protection of the life, health and safety, and the rights of the citizens it serves.   The department was recognized for continually exemplifying the best professional practices in the conduct of its responsibilities for over a quarter of a century, since first accredited in 1991.

CALEA Accreditation is the Hallmark of Professional Excellence and reflects the CSPD’s commitment to community service, partnership, and trust.  The process of CALEA Accreditation begins with a rigorous self-assessment, requiring a review of policies, practices, and processes against internationally accepted safety standards.  Public feedback was received to promote community trust and engagement, and structured interviews were conducted with select agency personnel and others with knowledge to gauge the agency's effectiveness and overall service delivery capacities.  This was followed with an assessment by independent assessors having significant professional experience.

The CSPD was awarded Advanced Meritorious Law Enforcement Accreditation by CALEA effective July 27, 2017 for the ninth consecutive time.  The Department is congratulated for its on ongoing commitment to responsiveness to the community, professional excellence and public safety.