Aurora considers funding hospital outreach workers for shooting, stabbing victims

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AURORA | Aurora lawmakers may fund a program aimed at reducing violent crime in the city, starting with victims who land at the University of Colorado Hospital.

The city council is slated to consider an agreement with the hospital to fund two outreach workers who would work specifically with victims of assault, stabbings and gun crimes. 

“The intervention is intended to de-escalate the situation and break the cycle of violence,” according to city documents, which describe violence as a public health issue.

If approved during Monday’s regular meeting, the city would contribute $93,000 to the program for 2020 and 2021. That covers about half of the funding for the caseworkers. They’d provide services to those with traumatic injuries in the hospital, help them navigate law enforcement needs and follow up after being released from the hospital.

The program would increase communication between health care, city government, law enforcement and the community, according to University Hospital Colorado leaders pitching the program to Aurora City Council members. 

Also on the agenda: 

  • During study session, the body will discuss the oil and gas code revision and returning to in-person city council meetings. 
  • At the regular meeting, the city council is expected to approve an agreement with Arapahoe County for CARES Act funds, which were granted to counties amid the COVID-19 crisis. 
  • A vote on whether to collect sales tax from remote sellers, which has been voluntary. That could bring in up to $2 million to the city annually. 
  • A simplified application process for “developers or service providers who are interested in building or rehabilitating a structure used for housing as well as other capital needs.”