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.
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.
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:
·An 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.
·The 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 the
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.
testing 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.
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 prevent spread.
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.
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
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.
COVID-19 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 meeting.
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.
calling 855.695.3475, please indicate the restricted breed related
agenda item for which you would like to provide comment.
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
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
17, 7:30 p.m.
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
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
14, 3 p.m.
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.
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
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.
August, 10 a.m. until food has been distributed
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
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
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.