The Safe Bar Program began during the 2008/09 ski season to address growing concerns of crime in and around local bars and restaurants. The Police Department reviewed relevant data and identified an increase in calls for service for fights, assaults, trespass and disorderly persons in these establishments. Following the department’s commitment to Community Oriented Police, staff partnered with bar and restaurant owners to create the Safe Bar Program. Several meetings ensued and a plan was created to ensure a safe and enjoyable bar experience for patrons and the community.
Involved stakeholders unanimously decided that inappropriate behavior would not be tolerated by the community. This no-tolerance stance was supported by the municipal court system when the judge and town prosecutor agreed to impose larger fines for related infractions, sending a strong message that such behavior was not acceptable. Since the inception of the program, service calls for assaults and fights has decreased significantly.
Beginning in 2015, the Breckenridge Police Department has begun meeting with bars and restaurants on an individual basis to address questions and concerns unique to those establishments. This revised style of communication has led to more active participation from local establishments and provided better insight for the police department regarding the individual needs of establishments throughout town.
If you have and questions or would like to schedule and individual Safe Bar meeting at your place of business, please contact:
Sergeant Bryan Ridge
(970) 547-3106 Office Phone