For the fifth year in a row, Colorado has seen rising violent crime rates. Like the rest of the state, our communities have seen a troubling increase in violent crime, with sexual assault, aggravated assault, robbery and murder all on the rise. Unfortunately, this wave of violent crime isn't limited to one specific area. It is evident in the largest law enforcement agencies in our jurisdiction: The Aurora Police Department has seen violent crime rise 73% over the last five years. The Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office reports a 39% increase over the same period, and the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office reports a staggering 118% rise. These are crimes that leave a lasting, often unshakable, impact on the victims, their families and neighbors, and the community as a whole.
I am a firm believer in the concept of rehabilitation – that some offenders can change their ways and contribute to society in a positive way, but, the physical safety and well-being of innocent victims must be protected. Criminals who commit these most damaging and violent acts deserve swift punishment, including, when appropriate, lengthy prison sentences the legislature has authorized required for these brutal acts. Since 2006 I have served our country and then this community as a prosecutor, fighting for justice in every case. One of my primary goals in that work has been, and always will be, to help keep people safe in their communities.
That is why, if given the opportunity to be your next District Attorney, I will tirelessly pursue offenders who commit violent crimes. I will protect the public with proactive policies that emphasize community engagement to promote trust with law enforcement officers and deter criminals. I will work to reduce gun violence by closely partnering with local and federal task forces, such as the Regional Anti Violence Enforcement Network (RAVEN), to identify and prosecute criminals who illegally possess firearms or use them during a crime.
I will also aggressively prosecute the violent gangs that are currently thriving in the illegal marijuana trade and preying on our communities. Gang violence hurts everyone. Its impacts extend far into our communities. Gang members are recruiting children and spreading into the 18th Judicial District’s communities. Gang related drive-by shootings have claimed the lives of innocents, and retributory violence has extended to neighbors and family members. Gang members have committed aggravated robberies and killed witnesses. This violence is happening here, in our communities. As a prosecutor I have tackled gang violence in our community head on and will continue to do so as District Attorney.
*All statistics come from CBI's Crime Stats website.