Sheriff's Office organizes Westside educational/resource event July 6-7
June 21, 2018
Westsiders will have various chances to interface with law enforcement during a
free, two-day event sponsored by the El Paso County Sheriff's Office Friday, July
6 and Saturday, July 7.
Called “Park, Walk and Talk” (PWT), it's meant to “offer outreach, education and
resources for the community,” according to Sheriff's Office Lt. Lori Harrell.
Such events are scheduled periodically by the Sheriff's Office in different parts of
the county, she said.
As it did in April 2015 (photo above), the El
Paso County Sheriff's Office Mobile Command Post will park in the Old Town
Propane parking lot in the 2700 block of West Colorado Avenue July 6-7.
Westside Pioneer file photo
An event flyer adds the tagline, “Get to know your local law enforcement agency!”
Activities are scheduled in five locations; in addition, the Sheriff's Office's Mobile
Command Post vehicle will be parked in West Colorado Avenue's 2700 block both
days from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and people are invited to drop by for a tour and/or to
Based on the flyer and supplemental information from Harrell, the following
summarizes PWT's scheduled activities:
July 6, from 8 to 10 a.m. Business Forum/Business Watch - a session
geared for business owners, in which they can ask question of or get tips from S.O.
crime prevention officer Brent Ambuehl. Location - Paravicini's Italian
Bistro (Sopra), 2802 W. Colorado Ave.
July 6, from 10 a.m. to noon. Coffee with a Cop - an informal
gathering, in which the public is welcome to drop by and talk to local law officers.
Location - the Mason Jar restaurant, 2925 W. Colorado Ave.
July 7, from 8 to 9 a.m., R.E.A.C.T. (acronym for "rapidly evolving
active crisis training") - a seminar by Sheriff's deputies to advise citizens on what
to do in various types of emergency situations after they've called 911 and are
waiting for responders to arrive. Location - Westside Community Center,
1628 W. Bijou St.
July 7, from 9 to 11 a.m., Community/Neighborhood Forum - a
question/answer session on local issues with a panel slated to consist of Sheriff's
Office Commander (soon to be Bureau Chief) Clif Northam, District 3 Colorado
Springs City Councilmember Richard Skorman, District 3 County Commissioner
Stan VanderWerf, City Homeless Coordinator Andrew Phelps and Lori Jarvis of
the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Location - Westside Community
July 7, from noon to 2 p.m., Resource Fair, featuring information
booths by homeless/low-income providers (including Westside CARES,
Community Partnership for Child Development, Peak Vista and the Springs
Rescue Mission). Location - parking lot outside Old Town Propane
Company, 2725 W. Colorado Ave.
Westside Pioneer/press release
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