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Avon council members cut own pay

Lauren Glendenning
Avon, CO Colorado

The issue: Voluntarily reducing council members’ pay

Who they talked to: Eric Heil, town attorney

What they talked about: Town Council members wanted to reduce their salaries to match other town salary reductions that will be implemented in May. Heil explained the Colorado Constitution law prohibiting public officers from increasing or decreasing their salaries during their terms of office. The loophole is that council members could individually decide to donate portions of their salaries back to the town, which is what council members voted to do. Buz Reynolds was absent from the Tuesday meeting and therefore did not vote.

The issue: Police Department update

Who they talked to: Brian Kozak, chief of police

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What they talked about: Kozak updated Town Council members on several programs, discussions and training classes the police force is hosting.

– The first annual Avon Police Citizen Police Academy

The department is hosting a police academy “to show the citizens what the police department can do for them,” Kozak said. The academy will take place on five consecutive Wednesday nights beginning Sept. 2. The academy will offer classes about things like drug identification, DUI enforcement, firearms and the use of force. Citizens can apply online at http://www.avonpolice.org. Applications are subject to a background check.

“I think it just makes a very informed citizen,” Kozak said.

– First annual Criminal Justice Roundatable

The Avon Police are hosting a joint discussion to examine the local criminal justice system in May ” the first open discussion of its kind in the state, Kozak said. Local town and county judges, prosecutors, defense lawyers, probation officers and police officers plan to talk about their perceptions of each other and how the system can improve.

– Survival Inoculation Training

The police department developed a class for local employers about reacting to a stressful confrontation or shooter situation. The town hasn’t had any problems with this, but wants to be prepared for anything that could happen in a local business, Kozak said.

– Multi-Agency Training (M.A.T.)

Avon is organizing a joint training class for all of the law enforcement agencies in the county. Training will happen four times per year and will include the use of force, firearms and self-defense.

– Avon Police in national training video

The police department helped film a video for the International Association of Chiefs of Police. The training video is given to every police agency in the United States and Canada, Kozak said. The video is online at http://www.avonpolice.org in the “patrol/support services” section for traffic safety.

– Police Web site

The Avon Police Department has redesigned and enhanced its Web site, http://www.avonpolice.org, which now features more forms for the public to request services like extra police patrol, parking permits, seminars and vacation watches.

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