Our goal with this Task Force is to identify the best ideas and practices both from Denver and around the nation, and develop a comprehensive community-based approach to policing and public safety. Together, we will create policy and budget proposals for the city that invest in the community in order to increase public safety and community well-being.
In this report, we present a comprehensive and transformative vision for the future. We offer recommendations based on the insights and expertise of various community organizations, incorporating research and best practices while uplifting the ideas and initiatives that are already making a positive impact in the lives of our youth.
Our foremost demand is for fundamental change that prioritizes the wellbeing of our youth and eliminates the need for increased policing. The objective of this report is to establish safe, equitable, and truly just learning environments for all young individuals. It is our firm belief that black and brown, immigrant, LGBTQIA+, and other targeted youth deserve schools that cultivate hope, facilitate healing, and break the cycle of racism, neglect, and abuse. To achieve this, we must shift away from overreliance on traditional approaches centered around “cops and cages”, and instead embrace community-driven solutions that foster healing and growth.
While we are a community led initiative, we believe transparency is vital to rebuilding trust and reforming public safety. We will publish reports, findings, and our meeting recordings on a timely basis.