‘Incredible amount of weapons’: Aurora Deputy Chief of Police speaks of rising violence

AURORA, Colo. (KDVR) – After a series of violence involving young people in Aurora, FOX31’s Joshua Short Deputy Chief of Police Darin Parker asked about this ongoing problem.

“We have a responsibility to try to answer that question,” Parker said, adding, “and how can we then stop it or, you know, or at least reduce it? We have not. We have not come forward. to yet. ”

The 26-year-old officer said police are trying to do a lot with very little.

“I do not want to focus everything on our staff issues,” he said. “But the reason I think it contributes is that we need to keep our patrol department adequately staffed.”

What is the cause of the violence?

The violence only gets worse in Aurora, but not necessarily with teens – despite recent high-profile shootings on or near high school campuses.

According to FOX31 Data Desk, there is really no increase in teen violence. Serious assaults were committed by fewer teenagers this year so far than in 2017. But there is still an increase in violence in general, as aggravated assaults almost doubled this year compared to 2017.

“There’s an incredible amount of guns out on the streets, more than I think I’ve ever seen in my career,” he said.

Police said there is actually a gang problem in Aurora.

FOX31 has learned that there is a gang connection to the shooting at Hinkley High School, but there is no word on whether the shooting in Nome Park or the shooting in Dayton Street over the weekend was gang-related.

There is still some mistrust between society and the police.

“You know, we have a community relations section that has just worked light out trying to connect with people in the community and bring the department together with them just to communicate,” Parker said.

“It has been very effective for us. But if they do not trust us and they do not see us as legitimate, they will not talk to us… but we are rebuilding it and we did not lose it completely,” he said.

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