Community meeting

Monday night community meeting to discuss reducing gun violence in Aurora

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AURORA, Colo. (KDVR) – Aurora City leaders will host a community meeting Monday night to discuss gun violence in the community.

Aurora Mayor Mike Coffman asked the meeting to consider the cause of the increase in gun violence and what steps can be taken to address it.

“Our neighboring agencies are really trying to help each other and I know that if we get to a point where we are at a critical staffing level, I know they are going to step in and help us. We absolutely have to make sure those agents have some downtime, I think the increase in violence you’ve seen across the country, it’s not the metro area or Aurora in particular,” said Vanessa Wilson, ODA chief.

Aurora City Council study session will include the Aurora Police Chief, City Manager and Mayor.

The meeting is open to all and can be seen virtually at 6:30 p.m. Monday, listening at 855-695-3475.

Motivating factors, police action to reduce gun violence, and examining the need for policy changes are topics Mayor Coffman will address.

A swat situation last week when a man shot at police officers turned into a shootout involving an officer. Chief Wilson said the pressure on potential officers and staffing warehouses as more officers are furloughed during investigations is concerning.

The first quarter of 2021 saw Aurora’s violent crime increase 50% compared to the same period last year.

A presentation of the youth violence prevention program will follow the discussion.