DRCOG HONORS COMMUNITY SAFETY VOLUNTEER PROGRAM
May 8, 2012 (Denver, Colorado) – Douglas County, the Town of Castle Rock and the City of Lone Tree were honored with a Local Government Award from the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) for their Community Safety Volunteers program. The award was presented to Douglas County Sheriff David Weaver, Lone Tree Police Chief Stephen Hasler, and Castle Rock Police Chief Jack Cauley, at the regional council’s 2012 Awards Celebration, held May 2 at the recently opened History Colorado Center.
The project earned the Bronze Award in the awards program’s Collaboration category. Collaboration recognizes the efforts of local governments to solve problems through partnerships with other local governments, the private sector and/or community or non-profit groups, particularly those that advance Metro Vision, the region’s long-range plan for growth.
The Community Safety Volunteers (CSV) program was launched in April 2006 in an effort to save taxpayers money and to maintain and improve the overall level of service. Volunteers help with tasks that don’t require a sworn officer, including writing reports for stolen or lost items, traffic control, VIN verifications, vacation house watches, elementary school security checks and giving safety presentations. Unlike officers who must attend to emergency situations as they arise, the CSV priority is helping residents with non-urgent matters. Citizen volunteers attend a training academy consisting of over 100 hours of field and classroom instruction and contribute a minimum of 16 hours of volunteer time each month after graduation. This year the CSV Programs of three Douglas County law enforcement agencies – Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Town of Castle Rock, and City of
Lone Tree — will celebrate six years of service and over 100,000 hours of volunteer time. There are currently more than 45 volunteers in the three programs with 20 more citizens about to begin the 7th CSV Academy.
DRCOG’s Local Government Awards program has recognized local
governments and their employees for regional leadership and service since 1982.
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The council of governments is a nonprofit collaborative association governed by a Board of Directors representing 56 county and municipal governments. Board members work together to achieve a better future for the Denver region. Through Metro Vision, the plan to manage growth over the next 25 years, the region’s local governments work cooperatively to address development, land use, transportation, environmental quality and older adult issues.