Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Chasing predators

Posted By on Tue, Jan 26, 2010 at 5:55 PM

Sex offenders beware. The Colorado Springs Police Department has $400,000 more to spend tracking you down, thanks to a federal grant program.

Here's more:

NEWS RELEASE

COLORADO SPRINGS POLICE DEPARTMENT

Tuesday, January 26, 2010 12:30 PM [RELEASE AT WILL]:

The Colorado Springs Police Department applied to the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) for federal funding under the Child Sexual Predator grant.

The Colorado Springs Police Department and Kidpower of Colorado Springs have joined forces to help keep our community's children safe from sexual predators thanks to funding from the COPS grant. They were awarded $436,119 to enhance the sexual offender registration program, enhance efforts to locate, investigate, arrest, and prosecute known sex offenders, and to create community partnerships to reduce child endangerment by sexual predators.

Our community has clearly indicated that keeping our children safe is one of its highest priorities. This project provides a nonthreatening, effective educational tool for children and parents to reduce the risk of child sexual abuse.

With a portion of this funding, the Colorado Springs Police Department will create an exciting new partnership with Kidpower of Colorado Springs. The mission of Kidpower is to "reduce the risk of childhood abuse, assault, and abduction by teaching children and teens personal safety skills to be safe."

A portion of the grant will provide 96 Kidpower classes over a two-year period, serving approximately 2,000 young people from Colorado Springs and the surrounding areas, at no cost to the families, schools or agencies.

Kidpower is working with several school districts, TESSA, Partners in Housing, Colorado Families for Hands and Voices (supporting families raising deaf and hard of hearing children), Child Nursery Centers, Peak Education, Chaffee Foster Care to Independence, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Urban League of the Pikes Peak Region, and more.

Jan Isaacs Henry, Kidpower executive director, says “The Colorado Springs Police Department's commitment to a collaborative partnership will make a huge difference in reducing child endangerment. Every child deserves a safe, secure childhood. This grant enables Kidpower to reach many more of our community's children and families with simple and practical personal safety education skills.”

Kidpower of Colorado Springs is a nonprofit organization, established in 1994. Kidpower is part of an international organization providing safety and confidence-building workshops to people around the world. To date, more than 27,000 individuals have received Kidpower training in the Pikes Peak Region, in schools, agencies, organizations and in the community. For more information on Kidpower of Colorado Springs please visit the website at www.kidpowercs.org.

At any given time there are approximately 1,000 to 1,100 registered sex offenders in the city limits of Colorado Springs. This number changes on a daily basis as sex offenders are moving in and out of the city limits. In 2009, the Colorado Springs Police Department completed 3311 Home visits/compliance checks/address verifications. Currently, there are 88 sex offenders that are wanted for Failure to Register. It is our goal to reduce the number of sex offenders who are out of compliance by utilizing the additional detective now assigned to the Registered Sex Offender Unit as well as the School Resource Officers (when not in the schools) and Homeless Outreach Team (to help search for registered and unregistered sex offenders that are transients).

For additional information, please contact Lt. Jane Anderson at 719-444-7522.

Note to Media: There are two Kidpower classes offered tomorrow 01/27/10 from 12:30pm to 1:30 pm at Monterey Elementary School and from 6pm to 8 pm at Oak Creek Elementary School. If you plan to cover any of these classes, please contact Jan Isaacs Henry at 719-963-7376 so that she can notify the schools/district and they can notify their PIO.


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