Wheat Ridge Crime Rates Drop 26% Since 2021

Wheat Ridge Mayor Bud Starker
Wheat Ridge Mayor Bud Starker

Wheat Ridge has seen a significant drop in crime rates, returning to levels last observed before the pandemic. The Wheat Ridge Police Department reports a 26% overall decrease in crime since 2021, marking a substantial improvement from the spike experienced during the pandemic.

A major factor in this reduction is the department’s success in recruiting high-quality candidates, even as law enforcement agencies nationwide struggle with recruitment and retention. After staffing levels dipped in 2021, WRPD is on track to add a dozen officers this year. Seven rookies graduated from the academy last December and completed over three months of field training before beginning independent patrols. Additionally, five more recruits are currently testing at the Joint Regional Academy in Lakewood and are expected to graduate this summer.

The department isn’t stopping there. WRPD hopes to bring in another large class to the Joint Regional Academy to start training in July for graduation in December.

The reduction in crime is not just a statistic; it significantly enhances the quality of life for our residents. A safer community means that families can enjoy our parks, businesses can thrive, and everyone can feel secure in their neighborhoods. The dedication of our police department is a key factor in making Wheat Ridge a great place to live.

Leading the way in crime reduction is a notable 27% decrease in motor vehicle thefts last year. This success is credited to the WRPD’s partnership with the CAPTA Metropolitan Auto Theft Task Force (CMATT). The department’s dedicated detective, working closely with counterparts in neighboring areas, has played a key role in identifying and apprehending those responsible for auto theft.

Theft of motor vehicle parts, such as catalytic converters, also dropped dramatically by 48%. Other crimes, including arson, sexual assault, sex offenses against children, criminal mischief and domestic disturbances, have all seen decreases.

The WRPD remains committed to proactive policing this year, aiming to further reduce crime rates and solidify Wheat Ridge’s status as one of the safest cities in the Denver metro area. And for that I would like to extend my sincerest gratitude for the hard work and dedication our department continues to demonstrate.

Highlighting the Amazing Members of City of Wheat Ridge Staff

Name: Mike Farrell

Explain your job: Maintain all building systems, Plumbing, HVAC, electrical, remodels, etc.

How long have you worked for the city? 27 years

Favorite pastime: Relax and live life with family and friends.

Favorite sandwich: Italian sub sandwich

Favorite superhero: Superman

If you had your own talk show, who would be your first guest? (Facilities Maintenance Technician) Bruce Eddings

If you were stranded on a deserted island, what three albums would you want to have with you? Allman Bros. – Live at the Fillmore, Bob Dylan- Blood on The Tracks, Steely Dan- Aja

Why was Mike nominated for this highlight? Mike was nominated for this highlight because he is beloved by our staff. He is hard working, dependable, and always has a smile on his face. Mike is retiring this year and we felt this highlight would be a great way to honor the time he’s spent working for the city.

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