PSAC History

2007 Justice Center Sales Tax Ballot initiative – PSAC reworked the 1995 Justice Center Sales Tax Fund, continuing the tax for the operation and maintenance of the Justice Center, as well as for the capital needs of the Justice Center and its related facilities, such as communications towers and substations In this landmark election, residents voted 68% approval.  This is believed to be the highest approval rating of any past election in Douglas County history.

2008 Proposed Riot Ordinances – PSAC met in Special Session with the DCSO in order to assist in working out safety details and proposed county ordinances in anticipation of the upcoming Democratic National Convention. PSAC recommended that the proposed ordinances NOT be submitted to the Board of County Commissioners. There was no credible information to believe demonstrations/riots would occur in Douglas County, and some of the concepts involved could have subjected the county to possible liability over their incursions into the protected First Amendment rights of protestors.

2008 Animal Control Review – PSAC’s subcommittee studied a municipal partnership with the Buddy Center and the Dumb Friends league to solve the problem of housing animals; PSAC also reviewed a proposal for stricter county ordinances to address problems in Highlands Ranch. As the remainder of the County would not have benefited from the proposal, and it conflicted with the traditional culture of the rural community, PSAC recommended the proposal not be submitted to the Board of County Commissioners. PSAC articulated that the individual needs of Highlands Ranch could not necessarily control the rest of the County, and their determination not to incorporate as a Home Rule municipality has consequences.

2008 Alarm Ordinance Review – PSAC worked to help develop the new Alarm Ordinance. The DCSO received over 17,000 calls for service regarding alarms in 2007. PSAC helped construct the current program today regarding the County Alarm Ordinances, dramatically reducing false alarm calls, which helped increase the effectiveness of the Patrol Division.

2009 Supplemental Budget – the economy brought short falls of revenue to the DCSO.  PSAC held discussions on the matter and passed on to the BOCC a measure supporting the attempt of the DCSO to use federal grant funding for additional patrol deputies.  The result was the obtainment of 2.5 patrol deputy FTEs for the DCSO.

2009 Photo Traffic Enforcement Subcommittee – PSAC worked for two years researching the feasibility of having red light cameras in Douglas County.  After exhausted research and meeting with Douglas County Engineers, PSAC determined that our intersections were engineered in such a safe manner, that red light photo traffic cameras would not make a significant reduction in collisions. Photo RADAR Speed Enforcement efforts, near schools for example, were also not deemed to increase safety significantly, because Douglas County puts schools off of major thoroughfares. PSAC member Kory Nelson, an expert in photo-traffic enforcement law, headed the PSAC Sub-Committee.

2011 Uniform Fire Ban Project – PSAC requests from all Town Councils and Mayors of respective Home Rule Municipalities of Douglas County to adopt a fire ban like the Douglas County and to prohibit the sale and distribution of fireworks within their respective community for the duration of the County Fire Ban.

2012 Justice Center Expansion – PSAC reviewed and approved another expansion project for the Justice Center, this time costing $30 million. The 2012 project built a secured parking garage for sheriff’s office equipment, but also new units to handle special jail populations. Additionally, it provided more space for female inmates, a never-ending area of overcrowding, and it expanded the jail’s intake unit. The intake unit is where new inmates are processed and analyzed for signs of substance addiction, mental health issues and harmful behavior toward themselves or others. The Justice Center Fund built a medical unit and a special management pod where the jail now tends to inmates needing medical or mental health support. That might be a terminally ill inmate needing hospice care or a suicidal inmate who was successful at harming himself while incarcerated. At any given time, more than 40 percent of inmates have mental health concerns. PSAC toured the expanded facility before it opened.

2015 UAV Subcommittee – The DCSO was considering operating Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs).  Our Subcommittee, Co-Chaired by Kory Nelson & Ed Yates, held two different public hearings in 2015, with presentations by several stakeholders and experts, including a representative from the ACLU. A 44-page report (with attachments) was submitted to the Sheriff and the Board of County Commissioners resulting in a funding line-item being created in the Sheriff’s budget for a UAV program, with a majority of our policy recommendations being implemented. The DCSO adopted most of the recommendations for operating the UAV Program.  Today, other law enforcement agencies are offered this report. The first summer after the UAV Programs was implemented, the DCSO Search & Rescue Team utilized their new UAVs to find a group of hunters lost in the Roosevelt National Forest.

2017 DNA Crime Lab – PSAC began the process of reviewing the proposal for the Unified Metropolitan Forensic Crime Lab – a joint venture with Arapahoe County, the City of Aurora and the District Attorney’s Office for Colorado’s 18th Judicial District. The purchase of the property and the construction of the building, located in Douglas County, was approved by PSAC as being within the parameters of the terms of the Justice Center Sales Tax ballot measure language, which did not limit those funds to the single justice center complex in Castle Rock.

2018 School Safety Public Forum – In March of 2018, PSAC sponsored a Public Forum on School Safety in Douglas County, in which the following leaders participated: Sheriff Tony Spurlock, District Attorney George Brauchler, Castle Rock Police Chief Jack Cauley, Lone Tree Police Chief Kirk Wilson, and Parker Police Chief David King. PSAC created a KEEP OUR SCHOOL SAFE, a public issues lobbying committee, to lobby other community members to support our goal of increasing the number of School Resource Officers in our schools. On April 9, 2019, we made a 2-hour presentation on school safety to the BoCC and three DCSD Board of Directors in the DCSD Safety Office – just a few days before the mass shooting at STEM Charter School in Highlands Ranch, that led to the death of Kendrick Castillo. This PSAC Sub-Committee Co-Chair, Kory Nelson, was appointed by the Douglas County Board of County Commissioners to their Physical School Safety Advisory Commission, advising the BoCC on how to spend $3.0 million for school safety, resulting in a large increase in the number of School Resource Officers in the DCSO.

Communication Infrastructure – On an ongoing basis, PSAC has worked with the DCSO on radio communications systems, radio towers and mobile data computers so that the DCSO could have both effective communications internally & with outside agencies in their day to day operations.

Accreditation Efforts – On an ongoing basis, PSAC has worked with the DCSO in their obtainment and ongoing obtainment of The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. Accreditation for Law Enforcement as well as the Accreditation for Public Safety Communications.

Annual Budget Review – Every year, PSAC has a meeting with the DCSO and reviews their proposed budget and provide formal position statements before Board of County Commissioners during formal budget reviews.