AURORA, Colo. (KDVR) – Following a string of violence involving young people in Aurora, FOX31’s Joshua Short asked Deputy Sheriff Darin Parker about the ongoing issue.
“We have a responsibility to try to answer that question,” Parker said, adding, “and then how can we stop it or, you know, or at least bring it down? We didn’t. We haven’t figured that out yet.”
The 26-year-old officer said the police are trying to do a lot with very little.
“I’m not going to say everything about our staffing,” he said. “But the reason that I think it helps is that we need to keep our patrols fully staffed.”
What is the root cause of violence?
The violence has only gotten worse in Aurora, but not necessarily among teenagers – despite recent high-profile mass shootings on or near the high school campus.
According to the FOX31 Data Desk, violence against minors is really nothing to worry about. To date, fewer teenagers have committed serious assaults than in 2017. But overall violence is on the rise, as more severe attacks This year nearly doubled compared to 2017.
“There’s an incredible amount of guns on the street, more than I thought I’d see in my career,” he said.
Police say that there is indeed a gang problem in Aurora.
There is still some doubt between the community and the police.
“You know, we have a community relations department that works to try to make connections with people in the community and bring this department together with them just to communicate,” says Parker.
“That worked very well for us. But if they don’t trust us, and they don’t consider us legitimate, they won’t talk to us… but we’re rebuilding that and we haven’t completely lost it,” he said. .
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