Aurora Police Department Selected for National Public Safety Partnership 
(December 15, 2021) The city of Aurora was selected as one of ten sites to participate in the National Public Safety Partnership (PSP) under the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). The Aurora Police Department applied for this program to enhance its capacity to reduce violent crime, specifically gun, gang and drug crimes, and enhance safety in our community. 

This three-year partnership will engage community leadership and various local, state and federal law enforcement agencies and prosecutors’ offices to develop a comprehensive, collaborative and sustainable framework, customized and aligned with the public safety priorities of Aurora. The outcome of this work will provide data-driven insight into Aurora's unique violent crime challenges and determine system-wide crime reduction and restorative approaches. 

The PSP will bring training and technical assistance as well as coordinated access to a wide array of effective crime reduction partnerships and programmatic resources from across the county. Aurora’s focus will be on implementing collaborative strategies in the areas of gun violence, constitutional policing, community engagement, crime analysis and technology. Preliminary violence interruption strategies will be youth-focused and work with local youth service providers and the city of Aurora’s Housing and Community Services and its Youth Violence Prevention Program staff to increase safety and drive down youth violence. 

“The solution to reducing violent crime in our community is complex and involves participation by all stakeholders in our community – not just law enforcement. The city of Aurora’s efforts with the PSP will be surgically-focused on intervention, prevention and restorative justice programs, targeting those responsible for perpetrating violent crime in our community, with specific attention devoted to youth violence prevention initiatives,” Aurora Chief of Police Vanessa Wilson said. 

The city of Aurora will be hosting a virtual Special Study Session of the Aurora City Council tonight, Dec. 15, at 6:30 p.m. to discuss the ongoing youth violence prevention efforts in Aurora. The public is invited to listen in on AuroraTV, Channels 8 and 880. 

For more information on PSP, visit  

Reagan Peña
Public Safety Media Relations Manager
City of Aurora Communications Department
Posted by [email protected] On 15 December, 2021 at 1:36 PM