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Denver Community Crime Solutions
Moreno, Priscilla
Restrepo, Lucas
Robby, Kevin
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Through the sale of seized property, police forces across Colorado - and across much of the United States - have been purchasing military grade equipment to ramp up their show of force in response to large crowd events. In 2018, Denver law enforcement ascertained $1,044,042 through the sale of seized property. While crimes often appear as isolated incidents, we believe higher crime rates are a symptom of larger community issues at hand. Such issues include the lack of upward mobility, poor quality of life, and low education rates. Through the analysis of data obtained from the City and County of Denver’s Open Data Catalog, this study aims to propose the reallocation of funds obtained through property seizure towards developing programs in the community to help prevent crime. In our study, we investigate the effects of several economic and educational demographics on crime and look for ways to implement community development programs that might prevent future crime instead of spending funds on the militarization of police. After analyzing crime rates per person in several Denver neighborhoods and comparing them to enrollment rates, median household incomes, percent of renters, percent of recreation and outdoor space, and more, we propose potential solutions to reducing and preventing crime in Denver neighborhoods through a multi-pronged approach of community development to be funded by the seizure of property.
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