The 18th Judicial District is home to over 20 separate law enforcement agencies serving the unique needs of their respective communities across Arapahoe, Douglas, Elbert, and Lincoln counties. These law enforcement agencies work hard to build relationships and trust with the people they serve. The same is should be true of the District Attorney’s Office – we must build strong relationships with citizens and work to understand the different needs of the various communities within it to increase public confidence in our work and decisions. This means prosecutors attending local neighborhood meetings, religious groups, school assemblies, civic associations, and other public events with the goal of fostering relationships and learning about citizen concerns while promoting practices to keep each community safe. By involving the community in identifying public safety issues we can work together to solve them.
Most prosecutors get into this line of work because we want to serve our fellow citizens and protect those who are most vulnerable. We have a strong desire to see that justice is done. Sometimes that means taking a violent criminal off the street, other times that means fostering opportunities for rehabilitation. By engaging with our communities we not only promote our core values but also help accomplish our mission of justice. Witnesses are more likely to come forward and cooperate if they are confident in the police and the prosecution. We can also more clearly identify emerging crime trends when we are plugged into each neighborhood. As your next District Attorney, I will make it a priority to engage with residents, stakeholders, and local police to ensure our prosecution priorities are aligned with community concerns and addressing the needs that have the greatest impact on our families.