Wednesday, October 6, 2010

$70,000 Grant for Graffiti Removal Program

Sheriff Doug Darr and the Adams County Sheriff’s Office are proud to announce the creation of the Graffiti Removal Program. In March 2010, the Sheriff’s Office received a grant of approximately $70,000, from the Office of Justice Programs, to fund the effort.

Graffiti negatively affects an area visually and encourages other criminal behavior. Graffiti must be dealt with promptly in order to preserve the safety of a neighborhood. The Adams County Sheriff’s Office is committed to addressing the graffiti problem by identifying and apprehending the taggers and assisting in the removal of graffiti. With this commitment in mind, the Sheriff’s Office established the Graffiti Removal Program. This program was established to assist residents in single-family homes in unincorporated Adams County and whose residential property is adjacent to public streets and alleys, with the removal of graffiti. The removal is offered at no cost to the resident or to the taxpayers. After the Adams County Sheriff’s takes a report, the Graffiti Coordinator will evaluate the case, verify the information, determine the time frame and the best method for removing the graffiti. The resident will be asked to sign an “Authorization to Enter and Remove waiver” and upon completion of the waiver, a contracted service provider will be contacted to schedule the removal of the graffiti.

When the graffiti act is not actively taking place, residents are asked to file a “cold” graffiti report by calling the Sheriff’s Office Community Service Specialists at (720)322-1160, 1161, or 1162, or by calling (303)288-1535. If the suspects are in the act of applying the graffiti, residents are asked to call 911 to report the incident.

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