Fighting for Pueblo

PUBLIC SAFETY

Every Coloradan deserves to feel safe in their community, but like the rest
of the country, crime has been on the rise here in Colorado. It’s on us to ensure every
family has a safe place to live, work and raise a family – and to do that we need to
make smart public safety investments to address the root causes of crime so we can
build safer communities across the board. That means advocating for data-driven
measures that are proven to reduce crime, ensuring that our law enforcement has
the resources necessary to do their jobs effectively, cracking down on the overdose
crisis, reducing recidivism rates across the state, and helping local governments with
their public safety initiatives. We’ve taken action in the legislature to build safer
communities., I’m proud to have sponsored legislation that made historic
investments in school safety and student behavioral health, and created
opportunities for participation in healthy adolescent activities for youth who are at
risk of falling into the cycle of gang violence. I created a grant program that helps
local law enforcement investigate and prevent violent extremist attacks, like the
planned bombing of Pueblo’s Temple Emmanuel Synagogue. I helped create new
tracking requirements for scrapyards that purchase catalytic converters- so that law
enforcement can more easily investigate when the product is stolen.but Still, we
must continue to work together and pass policies that will reduce crime rates even
further. In the next legislative session, I will introduce policies to crack down on motor
vehicle theft by prohibiting offenders from possessing a firearm- which we currently
do for other felons. I will work to re-classify retail burglary as a felony. And I will fight
to give judges more discretion in bail hearings for violent defendants. I am more
committed than ever to ensuring that everyone in Pueblo feels safe and secure.