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Cops want community to help set their goals

Tim Mutrie

The Aspen Police Department will seek input from the community during its annual goal-setting meeting at City Hall on Thursday, Feb. 18, from 5 to 7 p.m.

“If community members, as a consensus, want us to do something, and it’s an attainable and measurable goal, there will be a dedicated effort to achieve that goal,” said Keith Ikeda, assistant chief of the Aspen Police Department.

“The aim of the goal-setting meeting is to let the community know that they actually make a difference” in determining the police department’s priorities, he said.

The department has set public goals for itself since 1995; but only last year did the police invite the community to participate in the goal-setting process.

“Last year, we wanted to meet with community members to receive their input when we started developing our goals, and together we came up with four areas of concern,” explained Ikeda.

Those goals included traffic safety, youth and police relations, Latino and police relations and enhancing community interactions.

“With relation to [the last goal], there is enough interest to go forward with a ‘citizens’ police academy’ this spring,” Ikeda noted. “But this is the first year in three years that we didn’t meet all of our goals. You have to have lofty goals and our goals last year were very lofty. And yet we were able to accomplish most of them through teamwork and active participation.

“With the exception of an internal city goal of establishing a crime index, we met all our goals. We’re in the midst of almost completing that, but we did not complete it by December 31, 1998.”

“We take a lot of pride in this,” he added, and for good reason. Pay bonuses for officers are factored by a formula that takes into account how the department as a whole fares in meeting its goals for the year. In 1998, officers received a $770 bonus, out of a possible $800.


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