City Manager Jim
Twombly and Chief of Police Vanessa Wilson announced Aug. 11 that they will
be undertaking a comprehensive review of the Aurora Police Department. 21CP
Solutions, a global firm of experts in the areas of civil rights and public
safety, will join the city in pursuit of the common goal of a new vision of
public safety that works for everyone.
“We must serve the
Aurora community in a way that recognizes and honors our diversity,"
Twombly said. "That requires us taking a hard look at how we do things
in order to build an agency that the community trusts. These changes are of
the utmost urgency to the city, and most importantly, the community.”
The scope of this
work will include the department’s leadership structure; elevating the role
of community policing and engagement; assessing current policies and
practices with respect to use of force, discriminatory policing and
bias-free policing practices; officer misconduct and accountability; stops,
searches and arrests; recruitment, hiring and retention; interaction with
vulnerable populations; and crisis intervention and interactions with
individuals experiencing behavioral health challenges.
“We embrace this
opportunity for change and are committed to evolve for the betterment of
our profession, our community and the residents we serve," Wilson
said. "Law enforcement is being evaluated across the nation and we
want to ensure that our entire community feels that APD is an agency that
shows dignity and respect and can be a role model for 21st Century
policing. We will strive daily to regain the trust in our community. I
believe this review, along with actionable policy and training changes, is
a good first step.”
efforts underway are:
external, independent investigation of the Elijah McClain case examining
the actions of police, firefighters and paramedics. This team-based review
is being led by Jonathan Smith, who is executive director of the Washington
Lawyer's Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs.
Community Police Task Force, which is tasked with reviewing current police
operations and procedures and making recommendations about community
engagement and potential community input on critical incidents, such as
civilian oversight. The task force includes leaders and advocates from the
community of faith, NAACP, criminal justice reform organizations, educators
and Aurora Key Community Response Team, as well as other individuals from
New testing site
now open in Aurora
community-based COVID-19 testing site is now open in Aurora at the 250-acre
Aurora Sports Park, 19300 E. Colfax Ave.
is available for free to any individual who wants to be tested, especially
for those who have symptoms. The site will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
seven days a week. Pre-registration at TCHD.org/AuroraTesting
is suggested to expedite the testing process but is not required.
The city of
Aurora—in coordination with Gov. Jared Polis and support from Aurora Mayor
Mike Coffman and the Aurora City Council—is providing the host location for
this testing site as well as logistical, communications and funding support
via the state of Colorado, Arapahoe County CARES dollars, and the city.
Polis has publicly
expressed the importance of the state’s partnerships with local communities
as an essential part of its targeted approach to tackling the pandemic.
COVID-19 testing is essential for identifying and tracking cases and
outbreaks quickly while also providing treatment options and isolation to
MAKO Medical of
North Carolina will manage staffing, testing operations and logistics, with
support from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. MAKO
Medical will maintain the test results website, and Tri-County Health
Department will contact any individuals directly with positive results. A
link to the test results website will be available at TCHD.org/AuroraTesting.
Because testing is
so critical during this public health crisis, the city of Aurora is
supporting the state’s efforts to make free testing widely available and
accessible as part of a broader approach to prevent spread while allowing
for a continued increase in economic activity and ensuring ample capacity
at local hospitals.
Assistance Program offers help during COVID-19
If you have been hurt financially by the current COVID-19 crisis
and you need help paying rent, visit our webpage to learn more
about eligibility and to apply for our Rental Assistance Program.
We are accepting applications now.
offers one more chance to weigh in on restricted breed ordinance
Ahead of the vote
next week by the Aurora City Council this Monday, Aug. 17, there is another
opportunity to provide public input on the city’s Restricted Breed
Ordinance, Section 14-75 of the Aurora Municipal Code.
The Aurora City
Council is considering whether to retain or repeal the ordinance and
whether a repeal should occur via council ordinance or public vote. We want
to make sure you have a say in it.
limitations for public gatherings, the meeting will take place virtually,
with two ways for the public to participate: by submitting comments via
email and/or by providing live comments via telephone during the Aug. 17
participation. You may provide
live comments during the City Council meeting via telephone. The number to
call for the meeting (855.695.3475, then press *3 to reach operator) will
be open beginning at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 17, (the meeting begins at 7:30
p.m.) for people to be placed in the queue. Callers may be placed in the
queue from 7 p.m. until the City Clerk formally introduces the agenda item
for consideration by the City Council. All callers will have up to 3
minutes to share their opinion.
855.695.3475, please indicate the restricted breed related agenda item for
which you would like to provide comment.
Email comments. Between now and 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 14,
you may send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
with your comments. Those comments will be printed, given to Council
Members and made part of the public record. Comments sent via email won’t
be read during the City Council meeting to allow time for the call-in
Council members are
eager to hear from residents and committed to forums in which those
conversations can occur, but the format and structure of town meetings may
be affected by the COVID-19 crisis. Please visit AuroraGov.org/Council to check the latest information on meeting
City Council Meeting
Monday, Aug. 17,
To participate in
Public Invited to Be Heard, the phone line opens at 7 p.m. Call
855.695.3475 and then press *3 before 7:30 p.m. to be placed in the queue.
Callers may be placed in the queue from 7 p.m. until the City Clerk formally
introduces the agenda item for consideration by the City Council. All
callers will have up to 3 minutes to share their opinion.
View this meeting
online at AuroraTV.org and cable channels 8 and 880. You may also
listen to the meeting by phone (see AuroraGov.org for details).
at AuroraTV.org or cable channels 8 and 880 only
Mayor Mike Live
Friday, Aug. 14, 3
Join Mayor Coffman
on Facebook Live or AuroraTV.org every Friday for updates on
the city’s COVID-19 response, as well as information on topics being
discussed in our city. This week (Aug. 14), Council Member Crystal Murillo
will discuss youth programs and her role as co-chair of the RTD
Accountability Committee, and Minsoo Song with the city’s Office of
International and Immigrant Affairs will talk about Global Fest. Live
streamed on Facebook and AuroraTV.org.
Global Fest Virtual
Saturday, Aug. 15,
11 a.m. to noon
Join us as this
year’s Global Fest celebration of Aurora’s international cultures and
traditions goes virtual. On the city’s Facebook page, watch a virtual
Parade of Nations and International Fashion Show, and numerous performances
reflecting the rich diversity of the Aurora community.
The city of Aurora
will host the Trusted Voices: Census 2020 series on Facebook Live. Join us as we talk with trusted voices
throughout our community about the benefits and opportunities of completing
the 2020 census.
Aurora Mobile Food
August, 10 a.m. until food has been distributed
In partnership with
Aurora Interfaith Community Services, the city of Aurora has distributed
more than 290,000 meals this summer as part of the Aurora Mobile Food
Pantry. Photo ID or proof of Aurora residency is required. All Aurora
households are eligible. Food for pets is also available, as well as
emergency food kits for those experiencing homelessness. For questions, call
720.557.6444 or visit AuroraGov.org/MobileFoodPantry.
Town Center at
Aurora, 14200 E. Alameda Ave.
Daily, 10 a.m.
(Wednesdays is American Sign Language)
Library has been offering virtual programming since mid-March. One of the
most popular programs is the daily storytime. Other ongoing programs
include Reader’s Corner, Mystery Read and Create & DYI. To learn more
about all the virtual programming, visit AuroraLibrary.org or the Aurora Public Library Facebook
Daily, time varies
Aurora Dance Arts is
providing live online dance classes, with some of their fabulous faculty
teaching from home, dance tutorials and dance challenge videos, and various
other online resources for dancers and families.
time-travelling news anchor Skip DeCade takes you back in time reporting on
Facebook Live Aurora news from the first half of the 20th century. The
stories presented are borrowed from the Aurora Democrat newspaper which
reported Aurora's news from 1909 to 1955.