Greenwood Village Police Chief John Jackson presented Wheat Ridge’s police department with a plaque for the 2013 Colorado Law Enforcement Challenge at the July 28 council meeting.
The award is given to municipalities that are finding innovative and effective ways to create safer communities. Chief Jackson, the president of the Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police, said that the city of Wheat Ridge earned a second-place finish in the medium-sized city category for the metro area.
Jackson said the Law Enforcement Challenge is competitive but the Wheat Ridge Police Department beat out most of the competition thanks to two unique programs: The Negotiate 58 program and the Aware and Alive program.
The Negotiate 58 Program focuses focuses on a dangerous curve on the highway 58-Interstate 70 interchange heading east from Golden into Wheat Ridge. According to a December 2013 issue of Mayor’s Matters, there were 12 accidents on the interchange last year, two of them were alcohol-related.
Negotiate 58 encourages drivers of all vehicles to slow down when coming up to the interchange.
The Aware and Alive program serves to educate the community about the perils of distracted driving, in an effort to prevent accidents caused by inattentiveness. The program is being spearheaded by Wheat Ridge’s Corporal John Bowman.
“I want to stress the fact that a second place finish is a win for your community because it keeps them safer,” Jackson said.