Denver has hundreds of selfless volunteers who dedicate hours of their time providing valuable services to citizens at seven Cop Shops located across the city. Those volunteers include citizens, from all walks of life, who are very dedicated and have a passion for safety in their neighborhoods. They have an excellent rapport with RNOs, Community Resource Officers (CROs) as well as district police officers. Beth Trudgeon and Mary Walsh have volunteered with the first Cop Shop, the Leetsdale Cop Shop, since it opened fifteen years ago. Another dedicated volunteer is Walt Brewer president of the Bear Valley Cop Shop, who is a retired detective and has volunteered at his cop shop for many, many years. If interested in volunteering, contact your local Cop Shop.
The shops are drop-in centers where citizens can address concerns without the hassle of being placed on phone hold, driving distances to a police station, experiencing parking problems or the intimidating atmosphere some feel when conducting simple police business with someone behind bullet-proof glass. The shops are casual, relaxed centers where one can have informal one-on-one contact with knowledgeable volunteers as well as neighborhood police officers.The services provide assistance with; reporting
The shops provide services and assistance with; reporting non-violent crime, reporting suspicious activity in the neighborhood, filing police reports, arranging for Neighborhood Watch programs, information on city services, bicycle registration etc. Some shops provide free steering wheel locks for cars, gun locks and secure screws for license plates.
The seven cop shops are all nonprofit with all-volunteer staffs and operate their facilities from the generous donations of the public. INC is pleased to be able to assist the cop shops by providing each of the seven with a gift of $200.00 to help with their incidental expenses. Please consider a drop-in visit to the cop shop nearest you, whether to conduct business, seek help or to just show your support for their efforts. If conducting business, think about the car expense, parking costs, or bus fare you saved by going to a local friendly facility and be sure to notice the ‘donation jar’ as you leave. This is their survival kit.
When visiting the cop shops it is advisable to call ahead for hours of operation as they vary from day to day. The seven locations are as follows:
Bear Valley Cop Shop, 3100 S Sheridan Blvd. #A20 – 720.865.2146;
Broadway Cop Shop, 487 S Broadway Blvd. (new phone soon);
The Federal Cop Shop, 2635 N Federal Blvd. – 720.865.2242;
The Northfield Cop Shop, 8216 E 49th Ave. #1348 720.865.2356;
The West Cop Shop, 4200 Morrison Road #4 – 720.865.2260;
The West Colfax Cop Shop, 5094 W Colfax Avenue – 720.865.2240;
The Leetsdale Cop Shop, 7150 Leetsdale Drive #120 – 303.329.0500.
There have been numerous petty (and greater) crimes throughout many neighborhoods. INC, and the police department, advises all citizens to be aware of their surroundings, adhere to safety maintenance issues; lock your garage doors at all times, do not leave valuables visible in your vehicle, consider security systems/lights to meet your needs and have a good rapport with your neighbors for visual observation of unusual activity.
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