Return prescription drugs to law enforcement Saturday

Three Colorado Springs law enforcement agencies will accept unwanted prescription drugs in the Colorado Prescription Drug Take-Back event Saturday. “Prescription drug abuse is one of the gravest problems facing Colorado today,” said Colorado Attorney General John Suthers. Unused prescription drugs can be stolen or taken accidentally, and those thrown in the trash can turn into […]

Give back prescription drugs Saturday

More than 100 law enforcement agencies will partner with the Drug Enforcement Administration to hold prescription drug take-back events Saturday. “Prescription drug abuse is one of the gravest problems facing Colorado today,” said Attorney General John Suthers. “This continued partnership between the DEA and law enforcement will help keep these potent drugs off the streets […]

Time to take the partisanship out of law enforcement

It was hard not to feel sorry for the politicians, former politicians, wannabe politicians and hopeful candidates sweltering in the sun’s merciless glare last Thursday. There they were on the lawn of the county courthouse, uncomfortably besuited, declaring their fealty to GOP gubernatorial candidate Scott McInnis. Speeches were made and applauded, endorsements were announced, press […]

Stimulus grants to save police jobs

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grants totaling $16.5 million will fund 65 law enforcement jobs, including six positions in the El Paso County D.A.’s office for juvenile diversion that were scheduled to be terminated. In all, Recovery Act grants will support 77 programs, including eight statewide projects costing $6.5 million. The remaining 69 programs costing […]

Public safety threat drives bond issue

When 61 prisoners were granted early release from the El Paso County jail in July 2003, the story made the front page headlines and the five o’clock news. El Paso County Citizens for Public Safety protested the move on the courthouse steps – and Mothers Against Drunk Driving warned of the danger of putting DUI […]

U.S. Northern Command opens at Peterson Air Force Base

Before a huge flag draped wall, the U.S. Northern Command officially opened for business at Peterson Air Force Base this week, and the first order of business is to prevent further acts of terrorism on America. At the same ceremony, the flag from the U.S. Space Command was passed to the U.S. Strategic Command, at […]

Downtown task force says panhandlers are a problem

If you have ever walked through Acacia Park, or strolled Tejon downtown, you’ve seen them, perhaps even been solicited by them. Panhandlers, some homeless, some not, hang out at the park day and night. They roam the streets in the downtown area, constantly begging for money or cigarettes. Some are aggressive and threatening, others polite […]

Police, Apartment Assn. certify crime-free housing

Colorado Spring’s FirTree Apartments at 3835 Radiant Dr. was the first property to receive certification in the Colorado Springs Police Department’s Crime Free Multi-Housing Program. Conducted in partnership with the Apartment Association of Colorado Springs, the program trains rental-property owners, apartment managers, leasing agents, maintenance staff and other personnel in how to stop illegal activities […]

Lasers will light the night, not fireworks

Extreme fire danger and sensitivity to those who have lost homes and other property in Colorado wildfires will result in the substitution of a laser light show in place of the annual July 4 fireworks display at Memorial Park. Long a tradition, the fireworks were the culmination of the daylong celebration, following a performance of […]

Colorado Springs hires first Hispanic police chief

Luis Velez, 52, is the new police chief for Colorado Springs and is the first Hispanic to hold the job. A 27-year veteran of the police department, Velez has been alternating duties as acting chief with another candidate since former chief Lorne Kramer became acting city manager, then city manager. Velez, deputy chief since 1998, […]