Citizens Mobilize Over Law Enforcement, Mtg Tonight
On Tuesday, Jan. 19 the Town of Saguache’s regular board meeting saw a standing room only crowd of residents and property owners. Locals came out in force to express their concerns about the lack of law enforcement in the town.
According to community reports, Saguache and surrounding towns in the county continue to express serious concerns about the lack of patrols and law enforcement within town limits. In the past, Saguache had a local constable, but maintaining a town police force has proven difficult due to budgetary and personnel constraints. As a result, Saguache citizens have turned to the Saguache County Sheriff’s Department to provide deputies to work town law enforcement.
However growing concerns seemed to reach a new high at Tuesday evening’s meeting as board members and the Sheriff’s department met a crowd of over 50 concerned citizens at Town hall. Prior to the January 19 meeting, citizens had already begun to mobilize via social media, creating a “Saguache For Law Enforcement” Facebook page.
During the meeting, community spokesman and organizer Evan Samora addressed town and county officials regarding the issue. While residents’ concerns were presented in a civil manner, it was clear that the issue needed to be addressed sooner rather than later.
While most in attendance were from Saguache, one resident expressed an opinion that neighboring community members in Villa Grove, Crestone, or Moffat could very well be in the same boat.
In the end, the Saguache Town Board moved to have a working session which is scheduled for tonight, Thursday, Jan. 21 at 6:30 in the Road and Bridge meeting room, located at 305 3rd Street. Refreshments will be served. All are welcome to share their input.