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Pueblo Police Department Hosts Community Meeting to Combat Crime and Homelessness

PUEBLO, Colo. (KRDO) – The Pueblo Police Department held a meeting Friday to answer any questions the public may have for the department. The topics they are supposed to cover are crime rates, crime prevention and homelessness.

Police say they have never held such meetings before and hope residents will take the opportunity to ask urgent questions. Pueblo Police Officer Meagan Chapman told KRDO that many residents asked how they could help the police department fight crime at a community meeting for North Side residents on April 25.

“Of course the concerns about crime and the desire to feel safe or how can they help,” Chapman said. “It was really important, how can we help the police department? How can we help the police? How can we help the community?”

Chapman said about 155 people attended the North Side meeting. During this event, the department responded to the concerns of residents on the north side of Pueblo. On Friday, KRDO spoke with longtime Pueblo resident Michael Coffee, who expressed his concerns.

“We see homicides happening by people who are not affiliated with a gang and yes, I am absolutely concerned,” Coffee said. “As a dad, I’m worried. I have kids. Yeah, I’m worried, and I’m glad they’re having these meetings so at least we can address locally what’s going on, but honestly, I don’t think the police can do anything until the law is passed. something happens.”

Coffee expressed doubts about Pueblo’s safety with 30 homicides in 2021 and a 19% increase in overall crime from 2020 to 2021.

“I don’t feel safe in Pueblo no. I don’t know many people who would feel safe in Pueblo,” Coffee said. “We have a big community here in Pueblo and yes we have a bit of violence but it’s a big community and I would like to see this community still be big.”

Friday’s meeting at the Pueblo Christian Center was supposed to be for South Side residents only. However, the Pueblo Police decided to invite all Pueblo residents after receiving feedback from citizens.

“A lot of people reached out and said, ‘I missed the one on the north side, can I come from the south side,'” Chapman said. let it be then that the purpose of these meetings is to have conversations and raise awareness in the community.”