Building a Strong and Safe Community
Aug 31, 2019 07:48AM
By Elizabeth Buckingham
There are so many positive aspects to living in Broomfield. Whether you’ve just moved to the area or your family has lived here for decades, building a strong and safe community is a responsibility we all share. Sergeant Kurt Wederquist of the Broomfield Police Department offers his thoughts on how we can all work together to create an even better place to live.
Q: How can Broomfield residents become more involved?
A: The first thing I would tell people, especially if you’re new to the area, is to attend City Council
meetings or catch the meeting broadcast on our local cable channel 8. Council meetings can be a wealth of information and insight into projects and topics that affect the growth, development, and lifestyle within our community. Council meetings are also a great way to see many local leaders as well as city and county employees who occasionally appear to present information.
I would encourage people to volunteer with a local charity. Volunteering is a great way to encourage kids and young adults to engage more with the Broomfield community, as well as an opportunity to meet some really wonderful people.
Every year the Broomfield Police Department sponsors a citizens’ academy here at headquarters. This is a terrific opportunity for people to get a good behind-the-scenes look at our police department and how we work with and protect our citizens.
Q: How can Broomfield residents support the police department?
A: Volunteering is also a great way to support the efforts of emergency services and the Broomfield Police Department has a very active volunteer program.
Talk directly with us: the police department prides itself on being approachable and engaged. Spend time talking with officers and supervisors, particularly at public events, asking questions about needs and ideas that are important to police employees. This is a great way to understand what challenges policing faces in today’s world as well as the successes we enjoy within our profession.
Come out for community events like National Night Out or Broomfield Days and get to know the people who are providing emergency services to you and your family. This gives all of us an opportunity to build new partnerships, and it allows us to share information and simply connect one-on-one.
Q: What is the best source of accurate, up-to-date information about community incidents?
A: I would encourage people to seek information from the official Broomfield Police Department
Facebook and Twitter platforms. The Broomfield Public Information Team is dedicated to releasing the most accurate and real-time information through our social media platforms when possible.
In the rare event that your neighborhood is affected by a critical incident, you may receive a reverse 911 call from our dispatch center with information specific to your area. Please follow the pre-recorded instructions you are given until the event is over and you have heard back from the Broomfield Police Department.
If you have questions about police presence somewhere in our community or in your neighborhood, please remember to call the non-emergency number (303-438-6400) with those inquiries.
Q: What do you like best about being a police officer?
A: In the 33 years I have spent in law enforcement (almost 17 years with the BPD) I can say without hesitation the best part of my job has been the people I have had a chance to make a difference with.
The police are not generally called when people are having their best days; we often see people at their worst and most vulnerable and in their most desperate state of need. If I can somehow be a part of easing people’s fears, frustrations, and even anger and help calm and restore a sense of normalcy to their lives, then that is where I feel I have contributed the most.
Q: What do you wish citizens knew about the police force?
A: Simply to remember that we are human; the uniform a police officer wears contains someone just like you. We are mothers and fathers, sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles, and even grandparents. We have wonderful men and women who are dedicated to professionally and respectfully serving this community and ensuring an excellent quality of life for all of our citizens.
Thanks to Sergeant Wederquist and the Broomfield Police Department for their commitment to our community! For more information on any of these opportunities, please visit www.broomfield.org or call 303-464-5529.