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Yesterday I tried calling Linda Kirkpatrick just out of curiosity.  I doubt we would see eye to eye.  Here are a few things I might have said.  Did you know…

  1. Ted Mink believes–at least believed–Stagecoach Park is private property?  (This is documented; as a result reports on the special district’s land would not be handled.)
  2. Crime at Stagecoach park occurs on approximately a daily basis and neither the sheriff’s department or the EPRD will do anything about it?
  3. There is a small group (I am not affiliated) on Facebook called “Demand Ted Mink’s Resignation?”
  4. Ted Mink was successfully sued by the ACLU for illegally detaining a prisoner; the Jefferson County Board of Commissioners took no action.
  5. The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department has a per capita budget approximately twice the national average?
  6. The sheriff’s department, unlike virtually all other law enforcement agencies in the country, does not post contact information (e-mail, direct phone) on its website?  (Also, the department will not provide Ted Mink’s e-mail address; others in Jefferson County will provide it–it is public information.)
  7. Unlike the vast majority of law enforcement agencies in the country the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department will not accept e-mail crime reports?
  8. Ted Mink’s department does not respond to anonymous crime reports?
  9. The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department–unlike most law enforcement agencies–does not publish crime report statistics (including number of calls/contacts and responses)?
  10. The sheriff’s department often does not respond to or investigate reported crimes.  If they respond action is seldom taken.  Crime persists.  Crime statistics are grossly under-reported.
  11. The state of Colorado has a law making it the “duty” of citizens to report crime?

The following is a correction of this:

CRS 18-4-201
(3) A person “enters unlawfully” or “remains unlawfully” in or upon premises when the person is not licensed, invited, or otherwise privileged to do so. A person who, regardless of his or her intent, enters or remains in or upon premises that are at the time open to the public does so with license and privilege unless the person defies a lawful order not to enter or remain, personally communicated to him or her by the owner of the premises or some other authorized person. A license or privilege to enter or remain in a building that is only partly open to the public is not a license or privilege to enter or remain in that part of the building that is not open to the public. Except as is otherwise provided in section 33-6-116 (1), C.R.S., a person who enters or remains upon unimproved and apparently unused land that is neither fenced nor otherwise enclosed in a manner designed to exclude intruders does so with license and privilege unless notice against trespass is personally communicated to the person by the owner of the land or some other authorized person or unless notice forbidding entry is given by posting with signs at intervals of not more than four hundred forty yards or, if there is a readily identifiable entrance to the land, by posting with signs at such entrance to the private land or the forbidden part of the land. In the case of a designated access road not otherwise posted, said notice shall be posted at the entrance to private land and shall be substantially as follows: “ENTERING PRIVATE PROPERTYREMAIN ON ROADS”.

I wish “JustAroundHere” would tell the whole story more accurately and when appropriate include material from content experts and/or opposing sides.