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Town board approves ‘BATTLE’ plan, school resource officer

Emily Wenger
ewenger@mywindsornow.com

Monday night, the Windsor Town Board approved a memorandum of understanding Windsor Police Chief Richard Klimek said will allow the police department access to more resources to fight vehicle theft.

The memorandum, which passed unanimously, will help the Windsor Police Department combat what Klimek said is a rising vehicle theft issue in Windsor. One weekend recently, Klimek said the department responded to four vehicle thefts, but Windsor does not have a "big issue" with vehicle theft.

"The BATTLE group is part of an ongoing effort to be more collaborative with other agencies in the region on law enforcement issues," he said.

Sometimes, national and international vehicle theft rings have come through the region, Klimek said, and recently a case involved a member of the organized car theft living in Windsor.

“The BATTLE group is part of an ongoing effort to be more collaborative with other agencies in the region on law enforcement issues.” Richard KlimekWindsor Police Chief

Growth has also partially contributed to the rise in vehicle theft numbers, Klimek said, and residents need to adjust to the growth by locking their vehicles. Unlocked cars have often been an instigator of the theft, he said.

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According to a memorandum from Klimek, the Beat Auto Theft Through Law Enforcement (BATTLE) plan is an auto theft task force consisting of the following agencies: Colorado State Patrol, Weld County Sheriff's Office, Larimer County Sheriff's Office, Colorado Department of Revenue, Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Greeley, Evans, Frederick, Loveland, Fort Collins, Colorado State University and Longmont police departments.

The departments can all work together, sharing equipment, manpower and other resources, Klimek said.

The police department has also been approved to share resources with the Windsor-Severance Re-4 School District.

The district approved an agreement last week that will allow Officer Chris Darcy to serve as the school resource officer for schools inside Windsor, and Monday night the Windsor Town Board unanimously approved the agreement.

Initially, Klimek said he was skeptical of the idea.

"I, for one, was not always in favor of SRO's in schools," he said. "I always thought it was a breakdown of society to need officers in the school."

Now, Klimek said, the department is often called to the school, and he hopes Darcy will help avoid some issues by interacting with students on a daily basis.

Windsor Town Board member Ivan Adams asked why the program excludes the Windsor Charter Academy, and Klimek said the school is funded differently, and therefore is not part of the agreement.

"They will still receive services, but this contract is specifically with Re-4 school district," Klimek said.

When Paul Rennemeyer, town board member, asked about the financial impact to the town, Klimek said the impact will be "negated" because of the amount of time officers already spend at the schools.

"I think the benefits will outweigh the costs," Klimek said.

Darcy will be assigned to an investigative unit during the summer months when school is out, Klimek said.

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To view Windsor Town Board agendas and minutes, visit http://www.windsorgov.com/153/Agendas-and-Minutes.

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