Greenwood Village Hosts Public Safety Open House

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BY FREDA MIKLIN
GOVERNMENT JOURNALIST

On August 2, as part of National Night Out, a nationwide law enforcement program where they mix and mingle with the community, Greenwood Village hosted its annual Public Safety Open House.

The villager spoke with GVPD officers at the event, who highlighted the growing role of technology in the successful and safe performance of their duties.

Detective Tom Fanta explained how a drone is sent ahead of a SWAT team in a high-risk situation so they can precisely locate a perpetrator before officers move in to apprehend the person. He told us that an FAA-issued commercial drone pilot license is required for any officer who operates these drones.

Sergeant Mike Lobach told us that shields have become increasingly important in law enforcement because “we (the GVPD) are not an aggressive force. We have to absorb the initial force. “For example, he says, we recover stolen vehicles every day and we don’t necessarily know if someone is inside when we approach the vehicle.”

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