Frederick Police Department Launches Co-Responder Program
The Frederick Police Department is pleased to announce a new partnership with North Range Behavioral Health to launch the Carbon Valley & Mead Co-Responder Program. This alliance strengthens the FPD's methods of community policing by working directly with a Co-Responder from NRBH. When a community member needs help related to a mental health crisis, a Co-Responder will be available to provide case consultation, crisis intervention, service coordination, and referrals to resources.
"It's time we start working in partnership with mental health professionals such as North Range Behavioral Health. We need to let those who are struggling know we are here to help; they are not alone. The right approach to service calls is evaluating needs and getting them the resources they need." stated Frederick Police Chief Todd Norris.
Kimberly Collins, Chief Clinical Officer of North Range Behavioral Health, says, "It's clear to see that the Town of Frederick recognizes that the effects of many mental health disorders can be prevented and mitigated. But only if we respond appropriately to signs and symptoms in moments of crisis."
Communities are changing how they respond to behavioral health crises. North Range Behavioral Health and the Town of Frederick, Town of Firestone, City of Dacono, and Town of Mead are taking the lead with forming the Carbon Valley & Mead Co-Responder Program. When a call comes into dispatch, needs are assessed based on many factors. For example, if someone is experiencing a mental health matter, a Frederick Police Officer will request a Co-Responder from NRBH to assist. By establishing and providing a coordinated approach, the goal is to reduce emergency room admissions, jail admissions, costs for healthcare, duplication of services, and treat people with respect and dignity to help them through a crisis.
The Frederick Police Department has agreed to contribute some resources needed to make the program successful. The FPD has submitted $6,500 in the 2022 budget and decided to lease a pretty sweet 2012 Chevrolet Caprice for $1.00 to NRBH.
The Town of Frederick values of Family, Respect, Empowerment, and Dedication and North Range Behavioral Health's vision - Where Hope Begins and Change is Possible - aligns with the program's goals. The Co-Responder program is an example of our leaders in the community knowing when a change in approach is needed and taking action to do the right thing.
Photo Caption: North Range Behavioral Health Program Director Allyce Torres and Frederick Police Officer Tyler Farson get ready for the Co-Responder program. Photo by Zach Mahone.
Safest City in Colorado
The Town of Frederick takes the top spot as the safest city in Colorado, with zero violent crime incidents reported all year and only one property crime incident per 1,000 residents. SafeWise analysts looked at the number of violent crimes reported in the 2019 FBI Unified Crime Report to identify cities with the best safety records.
"Frederick is a safe community where people can live, work and thrive on what matters. Being neighborly and kind is the Frederick way, and leading by example are our men and women in blue. Our police officers proactively assist our residents and businesses through education, advice, and community involvement," said Mayor Tracie Crites. "We are who we practice being. We focus on Family-values, Respect, Empowerment, and Dedication every day in Frederick. These values combined with our people-first culture is why we are the #1 Safest City in Colorado."
The report from SafeWise notes Colorado residents reported a lower overall concern about their safety compared to the rest of the country. Package theft remained the most significant concern for the Centennial State, with 49% of Coloradans worrying about porch pirates.
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FPD 2020 Employee of the Year
On Wednesday, March 17, the Frederick Police Department announced their 2020 Employee of the Year as Patricia Cochran, Police Secretary. Pat has worked for the Town as the part-time Police Secretary since August of 2015. Her duties include customer service and processing case reports, but really, she is the go-to person for all requests. The Frederick Police Department has 28 employees who voted unanimously to honor Pat with the annual award. “Pat deserves this award for her dedication, teamwork, and unwavering service to the entire team,” said Chief Todd Norris. “She is the backbone of our Police Department and always willing to go above and beyond her assigned duties.” Pictured right, Chief Norris (left) and Police Records Supervisor, Amanda Purcell (right), present Pat (middle) with a plaque commemorating this prestigious award.