Mayor Steve Bach addressed the second half of the annual Colorado Springs Police Department Supervisors Conference on Wednesday, December 12th. He updated the Supervisors on his goals for the City in 2013 and discussed the progress being made by the City’s Pension Solutions Team.
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.
The goals discussed by the Mayor 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. He emphasized that, “public safety and law enforcement will remain top budget priorities.”
Mayor Bach concluded by discussing the work being done by the Pension Solutions Team and emphasized that Police Chief Pete Carey was a part of the group. They are working to create a more sustainable fiscal future for the City.