Updating the Colorado Springs Police Department on his goals for the City in 2013 was the agenda for Mayor Steve Bach’s visit to the annual CSPD Supervisors Conference on Wednesday, December 5th.
Mayor Bach opened with a story about the life of historic Colorado Springs citizen Winfield Scott Stratton to inspire the police officers to continue with their spirit of dedication, service, and giving back to the community. “Furthermore, I want to thank you all for your service in a difficult year. From the tragic death of Officer Matt Tyner to the way you handled the evacuations and security during the Waldo Canyon Fire, I can’t begin to thank you enough for everything you do,” said the Mayor.
He emphasized that, “public safety and law enforcement will remain top budget priorities.” The goals discussed included: jobs growth, transforming city government, building community, bringing the Police Department to authorized strength via more hiring, increasing CSPD Community Service Officers (people who perform a wide variety of duties and activities of routine non-sworn law enforcement functions in support of the Patrol Division) by 50%, and implementing strategies to improve public safety in targeted areas of the city.
Mayor Bach concluded by urging the Police Department to join him in working to become better leaders for the City and offering a special “thank you” to the members of the Homeless Outreach Team, “for their great work and for being an example to other communities across the nation.”